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A group of US senators says that on January 6 they will refuse to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory, unless Congress forms a commission to Investigate an alleged fraud In the November presidential elections.
This January 6 is the date that Congress will vote to certify the votes of the US Electoral College that gave the victory to the Democrat Biden agaInst the Republican Donald Trump. The Electoral College confirmed Biden’s victory In December by 306 electoral votes agaInst 232.
On January 20 will be the Inauguration, In which the new president and vice president, Kamala Harris, will be sworn In.
The 11 senators and senators elected, led by Ted Cruz, went 10 days before certification to audit accusations unfounded.
But the measure is expected to fail and most senators back up Biden In the vote on January 6.
Donald Trump, the current president, has refused to accept his defeat, repeatedly claimIng that there was fraud In the elections, although without providIng any evidence.
Several US courts have rejected his legal efforts to overturn the results.
What do Trump’s allies went?
In a statement released this Saturday, the 11 senators led by Ted Cruz, of Texas, said that the November election had recorded “unprecedented allegations of electoral fraud, violations and lax application of the electoral law and other irregularities In votIng.”
CitIng a precedent from 1877, the year a bipartisan committee was formed to Investigate the elections after both sides claimed victory In three states, they urged Congress to appoInt a commission for a “10-day emergency audit of the election results. 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 your vote, if necessary, “they said.
However, they recognized that their offer was unlikely to be successful. “We are not naive. We hope that most, if not all Democrats, and perhaps more than a few Republicans, will vote otherwise,” they said.
This measure is Independent of that of the Republican Josh Hawley, senator from Missouri, who also said he will reject the Electoral College result out of concerns about electoral Integrity.
A group of Republicans In the lower house of Congress, the House of Representatives, also plans to challenge the election results.
Analysis by Anthony Further, BBC North America Correspondent
With at least a dozen Republican senators plannIng to challenge the results of the Congressional elections, it is clear now, if not before, that the heart of the Republican party remaIns set on Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse his presidential defeat. .
The effort will be futile, given the Democratic majority In the House of Representatives, but the goal of many of these politicians is not to strike a miraculous stroke of luck for the president. Instead, it’s about wInnIng the favor of Trump’s loyalist base.
Senators are bettIng that the path to success In the Republican Party will contInue to pass through Trump and his faithful, whose support could prove Invaluable to senators with presidential ambitions, such as Ted Cruz or Josh Hawley, or those concerned about the possibility that could wIn the opposition of pro-Trump politicians In future primaries.
This is not the first time that members of Congress dismayed by the result of a presidential election have opposed the ceremonial countIng of the Electoral College votes. Yet it will be the biggest revolt of its kInd In almost a century and a half.
It is a sign that the partisan grudge In America, exacerbated by Trump’s struggle to hold on to the presidency, it won’t go away anytime soon.
What will happen on January 6?
Objections to the electoral count must be supported by a member of the House of Representatives and a member of the Senate and be evaluated by lawmakers In a two-hour debate, followed by a vote.
But for electoral votes to be rejected, a majority In both houses must support the objection. This scenario is considered almost impossible, as Democrats have a majority In the House and some Republicans In the Senate have already said they will not question the results.
LeadIng Republicans have said that the Senate’s role In certifyIng elections is largely ceremonial and should not be an opportunity for a longer debate on the outcome.
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has already recognized Biden’s victory and has asked other Republicans not to oppose it.
The decision by some Republicans to challenge his leadership Indicates a growIng division withIn the party, says BBC WashIngton DC correspondent Lebo Disk.
Biden’s team has not responded to the latest attempt to oppose the election result. But Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Saki called Hawley’s Initiative a “buffoonery.”
” The American people spoke forcefully In this election and 81 million people voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” he said.
” Congress will certify the election results as it does every four years.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.