‘Exactly what we’re going to do’: Pa. GOP legislature set to take back power from secretary of state

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Pennsylvania’s Republican controlled legislature is reportedly seeking to take back power from the secretary of state in appointing electors to the Electoral College.

Pennsylvania state Senator Doug Mastriano, who had his Twitter account temporarily suspended on Friday, revealed to former Trump administration official Steve Bannon that he has been working on a joint resolution with Pennsylvania House and Senate members to “grab back” their constitutional authority.

The Republican state senator led an explosive public hearing with Senate Republicans in Gettysburg to discuss election issues in the state on Wednesday. On Friday, he spoke with Bannon on the “War Room” podcast about how over half of the GOP legislators in Pennsylvania seem to be in agreement over the resolution to take back authority to appoint electors.

“…So, we’re gonna do a resolution between the House and Senate, hopefully today. I’ve spent two hours online trying to coordinate this with my colleagues,” Mastriano said.

(Relevant “War Room” video portion begins at 35:32 mark):


(Source: YouTube/War Room)

“And there’s a lot of good people working this here. Saying, that the resolution saying we’re going to take our power back. We’re gonna seat the electors. Now obviously we’re gonna need the support of the leadership of the House and Senate, we’re getting there on that,” Mastriano continued.

“Hold it, hold it, hold it. I think we got some breaking news here,” Bannon interjected.

“You’re saying you’re going to get a joint resolution to actually go forward and, the Republicans control the House and Senate, to go forward to basically take the power back from the secretary of state and put it in the state legislature to put forward the electors?” he asked.

“That is exactly what we’re gonna do,” the lawmaker confirmed.

“And so, look, it’s gonna obviously be a struggle. We’re gonna hear the palpitations and you know the outcries of our Governor Wolf and Secretary Boockvar, whose resignation should have happened months ago and she shouldn’t have ever been confirmed,” he added.

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the state had certified results of the 2020 presidential election and declared Biden the winner.

“But you know what we have that power and we’re gonna take that power back because there’s so much evidence of shenanigans and fraud, we can’t stand aside and just watch this unfold around us. You know, it’s not about disenfranchising anyone…,” Mastriano said.

The combat veteran, who retired from the U.S. Army in 2018 after 30 years of active duty as a Colonel, had his personal Twitter account temporarily suspended on Friday. He voiced his frustration using his professional account on the social media platform.

“Wow! Twitter bans highly respected Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano after he did a great job of leading a hearing on the 2020 Election fraud,” the president tweeted in reaction to the news.

“This account was mistakenly suspended for perceived violations of our impersonation policy. This was an error. We have immediately reversed the decision and the account has been reinstated,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

Angry voters and poll observers met with Mastriano and other Republicans on Wednesday to voice their frustrations over claims of voter fraud and other irregularities in the state.

Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani also attended and the president even called in at one point, being greeted with applause.

“This was an election that we won easily,” Trump said. “This election has to be turned around because we won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all of these swing states by a lot.”

Frieda Powers

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