Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) said he will will object January 6th during Congress’s counting of the Electoral College, becoming the first GOP senator to be on record saying he will back the effort by House conservatives.
Hawley said in a statement “I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws.”
He added “and I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act.”
Hawley’s action comes after several House Republicans, led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) have pledged to challenge the results.
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell had hoped to avoid this battle and urged Republicans to accept Biden as President-elect.
Likewise, Senator John Thune told reporters earlier this month “I mean, in the Senate, it would … go down like a shot dog.”
He added “I just don’t think it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the ultimate outcome is going to be.”
Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf pic.twitter.com/kTaaPPJGHE
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020