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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) said Wednesday that Josh Hawley’s (R., Mo.) plan to object to the certification of Electoral College votes amounted to a “coup attempt.”
Hawley said in a Wednesday statement that he could not “vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states…failed to follow their own state election laws,” and called on Congress to investigate allegations of voter fraud.
“This is how you run for President on the Republican side in 2024. You join a coup attempt,” Klobuchar wrote on Twitter in response to Hawley. “Democracy will prevail. As lead Dem on Rules [Committee] I will guarantee it.”
President Trump has refused to publicly concede defeat to opponent Joe Biden, and has alleged that Democrats “stole” the election by means of widespread voter fraud. Lawyers allied with the president have sued to void the election results in several crucial states, but have not presented evidence of fraud compelling enough to overturn the results.
The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration oversees contested elections as part of its responsibilities. Senator Roy Blunt, the other Republican from Missouri, chairs the committee, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) is also a member.
Representative Mo Brooks (R., Ala.) claimed on Monday that “dozens” of House Republicans could object to the election certification. The representatives would need the support of at least one senator for their objections to be heard and debated. Now that Hawley has announced his own objection, Brooks and other House Republicans could succeed in having their objections heard, though there is no indication that vice president Mike Pence will refuse to certify the results.