On Wednesday, Conservative legislators in both houses of the US Congress mounted another attempt to block US President-elect Joe Biden from taking his oath on January 20.
In order to contest the election outcome, allies of outgoing US President Donald Trump wanted a senator and a member of the House of Representatives, and a Republican senator, Josh Hawley of Missouri, volunteered to help the motion on Wednesday.
In the Senate, a coalition of conservative politicians have already vowed to back Trump’s bid to reverse the presidential election outcome.
While the endorsement by Senator Hawley completes the process, other Republican senators have already stated their intention to back the initiative by President Trump.
The letter sent to the House and Senate leadership by Congressman Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, has the signatures of 18 congressmen and women. “They wrote in the letter that they want Congress to “hold a hearing on voter irregularities ahead of the Jan 6 electoral college voting submissions.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on Jan 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” Senator Hawley said in his speech.
On January 6, the 438 members of the House and 100 Senators will assemble to consider and approve the Dec 14 hearings, when the 538 electors will cast their ballots in the state capitals. Biden voted for a total of 306 electors, while Trump voted for 232.
Biden will be approved and will take office as the 46th president on Jan 20 if Congress meets on Jan 6 to consider applications of the electoral votes.
As the US media has pointed out, it is unlikely that the concerns raised on Wednesday would alter the results of the referendum, however they could postpone Biden’s comment.
Democrats, who have a House majority, have already said they would oppose the move, and Trump has already been advised by some Republican senators to end his plans to reverse the outcome.
Republican and Democratic politicians have both found out that Biden also defeated Trump in the popular vote, winning 81,283,485 votes to 74,223,744 against his Republican opponent.
US media sources say that Republican senators wish to stop being asked to vote about whether to side with Trump or with the voters’ common will. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has privately urged Senate Republicans not to enter the effort to reverse the outcome of the poll.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune has openly spoken against it, but Trump also wants him to be endorsed by the Republicans on Jan 6.