WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s extraordinary attempt to reverse the presidential election is going before Congress as lawmakers were called for a joint session to confirm the Electoral College The vote was won by Joe Biden.
The routine action that usually takes place on Wednesday can be anything but a political confrontation since the Civil War is unseen as Trump makes a desperate effort to stay in office. The President’s Republicans object to the election results of allies of the House and Senate., Supporters argued “the fight for Trump” as he stage a rally outside the White House. It is twisting and presenting the party.
Long-standing efforts have all failed, but the Congress, ready to accept the outcome, is sure to be defeated by bipartisan majorities. Biden, Which won the Electoral College 306–232, is scheduled to be inaugurated on 20 January.
“The most important part is that, in the end, democracy will prevail here,” said Democratic Sen. Amy Klocher of Minnesota, who is managing the proceedings.
A joint session of Congress, which is required by law, will be called at 1 pm EST under an observant, restless nation – the month following the November 3 election, two weeks before the traditional peaceful transfer of power inauguration and a service covid. Against the background of. -19 Ubiquitous epidemic.
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who warned his party of the challenge, is expected to comment soon. Legislative Assembly Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the proceedings to begin in favor of the Capitol, calling it a day of “immense historical significance”. It is about “trust in our democratic system is guaranteed”, she said in a letter to colleagues.
But this is Vice President Mike Pence Which he will be seen presiding over the session.
Despite Trump’s repeated voter fraud, claims by election officials and his former attorney general Stated that there was no problem with the scale that would change the result. All states have certified their results Is justified and accurate by Republican and Democratic officials alike.
Pence has a largely formal role in opening seal envelopes from the states, in the mahogany boxes used for the occasion, and after reading the results aloud. But he is under increasing pressure from Trump to tip in favor of the president, despite having no power to influence the outcome.
While other vice presidents, including Al Gore and Richard Nixon, also presided over their defeat, Pence supported Republican lawmakers who faced challenges for the 2020 results.
“I hope our great vice president comes through for us,” Trump said at a rally in Georgia this week. “He is a great boy. Of course, if he didn’t come, I wouldn’t like him very much.
This is not the first time MPs have challenged the results. Democrats did it in 2017 and 2005. But the intensity of Trump’s challenge is nothing in modern times, and a demonstration by current and elected GOP officials has warned that sowing distrust in government and eroding Americans’ faith in democracy.
Tim Tim Scott, RSC for Congress, said there was “no constitutionally viable means to declare his refusal to join the effort on the eve of the session.”
Nevertheless, more than a dozen Republican senators led by Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, along with 100 House Republicans, are proceeding to object to the state results of Biden’s victory.
Under the rules of joint session, any objection at a state election rally is required to consider in writing at least one member of the House and one in the Senate. Each objection would force two hours of deliberations in the House and Senate, ensuring a long day.
House Republican lawmakers are signing objections to the electoral votes in six states – Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Arizona will likely be the first state to be disputed as state heights are announced in alphabetical order, and Cruz has said he would join House Republicans, objecting to that state.
Hawley said he would object to Pennsylvania’s election results, ensuring a second two-hour debate despite resistance from the state’s Republican senator, Pat Tommy, who said Biden’s victory was accurate.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler may challenge his results at Georgia State. But it is unclear whether any of the other senators would have any objection to the other state, as lawmakers were still devising a strategy.
Democrats have a majority in the House and the Republican-led Senate is divided on the issue. Bipartisan’s prominence in both circles is expected to defy objections.
The Cruise-led group has been objecting until Congress has agreed to form a commission to investigate the election, but it appears to be doing so.
Cruise is accompanied by sensors. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Steve Danes of Montana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Braun of Indiana, Cynthia Loomis of Wyoming, Roshel Marshall of Kansas, Bill Hegarty of Tennessee. And Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.
Trump has vowed to “fight like hell” to stay in office. He said at a rally in Georgia that voters who voted for Biden were “not going to the White House!”
Many Republicans who challenged the results said they are trying to give voice to voters back home who do not trust the results of the election and want to see lawmakers fighting for Trump.
Hawley defended his role, saying that his constituents were “loud and clear” about the election’s mistrust. “It is my responsibility as a senator to raise my concerns,” he wrote to colleagues.
As criticism rose, Cruz insisted on his goal not to be “separated from the election,” but to investigate claims of voting problems. He has not provided any new evidence.
For a base of Trump’s supporters, both Hawley and Cruz are potential 2024 presidential contenders.
Due to security precautions with protesters in Washington, lawmakers are being asked to arrive early by Capitol officials. Visitors, who usually fill galleries to see historical proceedings, will not be allowed under the Kovid-19 restrictions.
Associated Press writers Kevin Freking in Dalton, Ga., And Bill Barrow in Atlanta contributed to this report.