As the list of Congressional Republicans who intend to challenge President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 victory in the electoral college during Wedsnday’s joint session of Congress builds, Vice President Mike Pence has finally weighed in on the effort to ensure a lawful election took place in November, casting his support in a statement through his chief of staff, Marc Short.
The vice president “shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election” and “welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on Jan. 6th.”
Though tasked with presiding over Wednesday’s session of the Senate where legislators will vote on whether or not to certify Biden as the winner of the 2020 Presidential election, Pence has largely remained silent on the mounting efforts from GOP members of Congress to contest the results until his statement Saturday.
On Friday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought forth by Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas that would have compelled Pence to intervene and overturn the election results.
Led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, dozens of Representatives and twelve Senators plan to challenge the election and demanded in a letter a 10-day “emergency audit” into the election or else they would “reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified.’” The letter also states that the 2020 Election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud, violations and lax enforcement of election law, and other voting irregularities.”
With nearly sixty attempts in court to challenge the now-certified election results from President Donald Trump’s legal team and two rejections from the Supreme Court, the group of Republican Senators has turned to a precedent set in the election of 1877, which similarly suffered from “serious allegations of fraud and illegal conduct.”
“In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy. 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,” the group said in the letter.
“Once [the audit is] 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,” the 11 Senators concluded.
Going against Republican leadership, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’s discouraged any objection attempts during a private caucus call, warning challenges would drive a wedge between Republicans and force an awkward and doomed vote that would result in making some Republicans appear unsupportive of President Trump. Regardless, Wednesday’s session will see great resistance against Biden’s questionable victory in the Electoral College.