Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley has said he will object to the electoral vote next week when Congress meets to formally certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump.
This means a dramatic battle in Congress for Biden’s victory.
A close associate of the president, Hawley became the first senator to announce that he will support these efforts on January 6, which will force both houses of Congress to debate and vote to overturn Biden’s election victory.
The conservative Republican faction in the House of Representatives, led by Mo Brooks, has already said they will oppose the certification of electoral votes from some of the wavering states Biden won, such as Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Biden got 306 electoral college votes, Trump 232.
“I cannot vote to certify electoral college results without raising the issue that some states, including Pennsylvania, did not comply with their own election laws,” Hawley said in announcing his decision. “I also can’t vote for certification without pointing out the unprecedented efforts of mega-corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to intervene in this election in support of Joe Biden.”
Hawley, who is considered a possible presidential candidate in the 2024 election, said that “at the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voting fraud and take steps to ensure the integrity of our elections.”
“But so far Congress has been inactive,” he added.
Trump has repeatedly called on Republicans in Congress to speak up and protest on his behalf, but many have acknowledged Biden’s victory.
Some even called the attempt to challenge the electoral college vote pointless.
“They need to remember that this will get you nowhere,” Senator John Thun, the third-highest Republican in the Senate, told reporters earlier this month.
“I just don’t think there is any point in making everyone go through this, knowing what the end result will be,” he added.