For several days now, we’ve been wondering if there were any Republicans in the Senate willing to stand up for President Trump and challenge the election.
Finally, Josh Hawley from Missouri became the first to say he would join with the Republicans in the House to officially challenge the results and send the debate to the States.
Big name senators were noticeably absent including Cruz, Rubio and Paul.
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Now Cruz is finally on board with the challenge and not only that but he is leading the group.
Take a look:
NEW: Senator Ted Cruz is leading a group of Republican senators who are planning to challenge the Electoral College certification on Jan. 6 & demand an emergency audit. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/kVwYAjZpap
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) January 2, 2021
11 GOP Senators & Senators-elect set to object to Electoral College votes: (2/2)
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) January 2, 2021
Still noticeably absent are Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.
Interestingly Fox News reports that the group led by Ted Cruz is a SEPARATE effort from what Sen. Josh Hawley is doing:
A group of GOP senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will object to the Jan. 6 certification of the presidential election results next week unless there is an emergency 10-day audit of the results by an electoral commission.
Cruz and the other senators claim the Nov. 3 election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud and illegal conduct.”
Joining Cruz are Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; James Lankford, R-Okla.; Steve Daines, R-Mont.; John Kennedy, R-La.; Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Mike Braun, R-Ind.; as well as Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo.; Roger Marshall, R-Kansas; Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., and Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala.
Their effort is separate from one announced by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who said this week that he will object to what he claims was the failure of some states — most notably Pennsylvania — to follow their own election laws.
“Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed,” the lawmakers said Saturday in a statement. “By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes.”
No evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the election has been presented to date. Dozens of legal challenges filed by the Trump campaign and its supporters have been dismissed by judges across the country.
A source familiar with the effort by the GOP senators told Fox News that it was Cruz who orchestrated the push just days before the joint session of Congress on Wednesday to officially approve the Electoral College votes electing former Vice President Joe Biden.
The lawmakers say there is a precedent of Democrats objecting to election results in 1969, 2001, 2005 and 2019. “And, in both 1969 and 2005, a Democratic Senator joined with a Democratic House Member in forcing votes in both houses on whether to accept the presidential electors being challenged,” they said.
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The senators and senators-elect are calling for Congress to appoint a commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit of the election returns in states where the results are disputed. They cite as precedent the 1877 race between Samuel Tilden and Rutherford Hayes in which there were allegations of fraud in multiple states.
“In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy,” the lawmakers said in the statement. “Instead, Congress appointed an Electoral Commission — consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices — to consider and resolve the disputed returns.”
“We should follow that precedent. To wit, Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states. Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed.”
If that doesn’t happen, the senators intend to vote against certification.
“Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed,” they said in the statement.
It is unclear whether they will rally more Republicans to their cause, given Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s public acceptance of Biden’s victory. While the lawmakers note that most Democrats and some Republicans will vote to certify the results, they argue that an audit would increase the public’s faith in the process.
.@townhallcom: Cruz is leading a coalition to challenge the results of the 2020 election. The group is calling for a '10-day audit' after 'unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations & lax enforcement of election law & voting irregularities.'" https://t.co/1y0DIF43vH
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 2, 2021
BREAKING: Ted Cruz will lead a group of 11 Republican senators and senators-elect who will challenge the Electoral College vote on January 6. The group includes: Senators Cruz, Johnson, Lankford, Daines, Kennedy, Blackburn, Braun, Lummis, Marshall, Hagerty and Tuberville.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) January 2, 2021
Ted Cruz Leads Senators In Challenge To Wednesday Electoral Count; Demands Emergency Audit https://t.co/jYe79OXbcc
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) January 2, 2021
Be sure to watch this video posted by Cruz:
Texans are resilient & our spirit has always been marked by courage & generosity. That spirit was on full display this year as we faced unprecedented challenges, and I am confident that we will come out of these times stronger and more united.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 1, 2021