Hawley said in a statement that he felt the need to shed light on the alleged electoral irregularities.
At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and take action to ensure the integrity of our elections. So far, Hawley said, Congress has failed to act.
Any member of the House of Representatives, joined by a Senator, can compete in the electoral votes on January 6. The challenge leads to a floor debate followed by a vote in each room.
Trump will inevitably lose that vote, given that Democrats control the House of Representatives and a number of Republicans in the Senate have publicly acknowledged Biden’s victory, including Senator Mitt Romney (Utah), who described Trump’s refusal to accept the election as dangerous.
Even if Trump wins the Senate, which is unlikely, as Vice President Pence will be in a position to cast an equal vote if necessary, the challenge still fails with the House vote.
However, several Republican members of the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R from ALA) and with the encouragement of the President, have said that they plan to challenge votes in swing states as they have made unfounded allegations that the vote was fraudulently marred.
Before Hawley’s announcement, newly elected Republican Senator Tommy Toberville of Alabama said he was considering signing, too.
Hawley has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate for 2024, and his move is sure to appeal to Trump supporters and parts of the Republican base.
But other Republicans have argued it would be politically harmful to force their members to decide whether to support Trump for their loyalty in a doomed vote that appeared to go against the will of the electorate. McConnell advised against the move in a call with fellow Republicans earlier this month.
Even so, Trump has played what is usually seen as a ceremonial marker as a potential turning point in his quest to reverse the election results.
See you in Washington, DC on January 6. Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by US Representative Louis Gomert (R-Texas) and several Republicans from Arizona against Pence attempted to get a federal judge to expand Pence’s authority to influence the outcome.
Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger.