Republican congressman says he will officially challenge election results when Congress meets to confirm Electoral College votes in January in last-minute bid to overturn Joe Biden’s victory
- GOP Rep. Mo Brooks confirmed he plans to challenge Electoral College votes when Congress certifies the election in a last-ditch effort to overturn results
- Congress will officially certify the election for Joe Biden on January 6
- Brooks would need a senator to jump on board with his plans to force deliberation on overturning the election results
- Trump has 232 Electoral College votes to Biden’s 306 – well above the 270 needed for victory
Brooks said the election was ‘badly flawed’ and claimed most instances of mail-in voting were conducted ‘unconstitutionally’ as a Wednesday report indicates he is looking for a long-shot option to overturn the election results.
‘In my judgment, if only lawful votes by eligible American citizens were cast, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a significant margin, and Congress’s certification should reflect that,’ Brooks told Politico. ‘This election was stolen by the socialists engaging in extraordinary voter fraud and election theft measures.’
The presidential election results show Trump with 232 Electoral College votes to Biden’s 306 – well over the 270 margin needed for a victory.
Brooks, 66, would need a senator to join him in the last-ditch effort to overturn the election results, but Brooks insists he will still move forward with the process even without support in the upper chamber.
Republican Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks confirmed he is planning to officially challenge the Electoral College votes when Congress certifies the election for Joe Biden on January 6 in a last-ditch effort to overturn the results
Before deliberation can commence, one lawmaker from both the House and Senate needs to challenge the results.
Brooks, a five-term Alabama congressman and member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said he has had ‘indirect communication’ with GOP senators about joining forces in the effort to challenge the Electoral College votes.
He said members of Republican leadership have not indicated which way they will go when it comes time to officially certify the election.
Brooks acknowledged that the move to try and block certification would be more of a symbolic protest, unlikely to yield any change.
Some have theorized since before the election that Trump would seek to overturn the election results should Biden emerge the victor through the 6-3 conservative majority Supreme Court.
Brooks, however, says Congress is the ultimate authority on the matter.
‘A lot of time is being wasted in court,’ Brooks said. ‘The Supreme Court does not have the lawful authority to determine whether to accept or reject a state’s Electoral College submissions.’
‘Under the United States Constitution and U.S. law, that is the job and duty of elected officials,’ he added.
‘And so it’s the United States Congress that is the final judge and jury of whether to accept or reject Electoral College submissions by states, and to elect who the president and vice president of the United States might be,’ Brooks told Politico.
The Alabama congressman recently won his sixth term by becoming the Republican nominee without a Democratic opponent in Alabama’s 5th congressional district.
Trump’s bid to overturn the election has caused some in-fighting among the Republican Party – dividing those down the line who support his challenges and those who do not.
Brooks’ fellow Freedom Caucus member, Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas, took aim at GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming over her comments regarding the election.
Cheney said if Trump still can’t prove his election ‘fraud’ claims then he should ‘the sanctity of our electoral process’ and concede to Biden.
During a private GOP call on Tuesday, Gohmert told Cheney he wouldn’t have backed her for another leadership term and would have encouraged someone else to run against her if he knew about her stances before the election.
Cheney pushed back on Gohmert’s rebuke, claiming it just reaffirms that the rule of law needs to be followed in America.