An Arizona state Republican legislator is calling on his colleagues in the House and Senate to withdraw electors for Democrat Joe Biden after a Monday hearing where President Donald Trump’s legal team presented evidence of voter fraud.
“We are clawing our electoral college votes back, we will not release them. That’s what I’m calling our colleagues in both the House and the Senate to do, exercise our plenary authority under the U.S. Constitution,” said Rep. Mark Finchem, following the hearing.
“There is a legal brief out there that says we are not tethered to state statute,” he added. “When it comes to this one question, a simple majority can call the House and Senate back, and in a day pass a resolution, and cause those electors to basically be held. And it is binding. I’ll see you all in court.”
The National File was first to report Finchem’s call for Arizona lawmakers to withhold electors from Biden.
Standing with Finchem as he made his comments was state Senate Majority Leader Sonny Borrelli, also a Republican, which indicates that the upper chamber may already be on board with the plan.
In addition, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) was also standing with Finchem after attending the Monday hearings in a show of support for the plan and for President Trump.
Gosar appeared at an impromptu rally for the president a day after the election, as reports began to swirl that fraud may have occurred.
“We demand all of our votes be counted. We will not allow Biden and his thugs to steal this election. God is on our side,” he told National File.
During the hearing, which was prefaced by a phone call from the president, Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis implored lawmakers to consider the evidence of alleged fraud she and others presented and to make their decision regarding the awarding of electors accordingly.
“You are the sole guardian to combat a corrupted election,” Ellis, who attended the hearing with presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani, told state lawmakers. “And there was a purpose and a design for that. Because when the founders understood the separation of powers, when they understood that the human heart is corrupt, and they understood that there would always be attacks upon our liberty and freedom, they wanted to make sure that the will of the people and the selection of our president, our chief magistrate, would be vested in a body that is separate from that corruption and could look honestly at what happened and be fact-finders.”
Ellis went on to say she believes the evidence presented during the hearing met the legal standard of “reasonable doubt” that the election results were valid.
“There is more than reasonable doubt here on the certification of this election,” she continued, adding that the campaign has collected substantial evidence but so far has been denied the ability to present it in courts via lawsuits filed in several battleground states.
“You’ve only heard a fraction of it today,” Ellis told Arizona lawmakers. “You don’t have to have a standard beyond a reasonable doubt in order to reclaim” authority under the U.S. Constitution, which says state legislatures have the sole power to name electors under Article II.
Later, Ellis tweeted, “The certification of Arizona’s FALSE results is unethical and knowingly participating in the corruption that has disenfranchised AZ voters. BUT, this in no way impacts the state legislature’s ability to take back the proper selection of delegates.”
The certification of Arizona’s FALSE results is unethical and knowingly participating in the corruption that has disenfranchised AZ voters.
BUT, this in no way impacts the state legislature’s ability to take back the proper selection of delegates.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) November 30, 2020
On Monday Matt Braynard, a former data chief and strategist for the Trump campaign said that the FBI has “proactively and directly requested” data stemming from an independent investigation into Election Night tabulation anomalies suggesting that perhaps hundreds of thousands of votes were ‘injected’ into machines in various states.
“The FBI has proactively and directly requested from me the VIP [Voter Integrity Project] findings that indicate illegal ballots,” he tweeted, in reference to an investigation on behalf of the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society.
On Sunday, GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky also questioned a “statistical anomaly” that occurred in a number of states Biden allegedly won regarding “vote spikes” in the early hours of Nov. 4.
“Interesting . . . Trump margin of ‘defeat’ in 4 states occurred in 4 data dumps between 1:34-6:31 AM,” he tweeted. “Statistical anomaly? Fraud? Look at the evidence and decide for yourself.”
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