Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) says he will object to the Electoral College vote certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the joint session of Congress on January 6.
In a statement Hawley said he cannot vote to certify Biden’s victory when some states did not follow their own election laws and that Big Tech interfered on behalf of Biden.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws. And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act,” Hawley said.
Hawley is the first Republican senator to officially state that he will object to the certification of Electoral College results.
His decision comes as a group of House Republicans, led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), have pledged to make a long-shot bid to overturn the results of the presidential election on Jan. 6 by objecting to the Electoral College results.
It will be the third time Congress will have to debate an objection since 1887, according to the Congressional Research Service.
But, in the end Biden will be certified as the winner of the election since the move does not have majority support in the House or the Senate. It was a vote Republican Senators were hoping to avoid because, they will be on the record about whether or not they agree with Trump’s baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud many of which have been thrown out in court.