The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a full committee hearing Wednesday to examine the irregularities in the 2020 presidential election.
The focus will not be looking to overturn election results, but more of an endeavor to identify areas of concern that can then be corrected before the next election.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., chairman of the committee, appeared Tuesday on Fox News’ Mornings with Maria, saying it’s unsustainable that millions of Americans don’t believe the election was a legitimate election.
“We have all kinds of examples of fraud and we know a large percentage of the American public just simply don’t think this was a legitimate election,” Johnson said. “That’s an unsustainable state of affairs for our country. We have to have confidence in our elections, we need to restore that confidence. One of the ways to do that is with oversight hearings, point out what went wrong so things can be corrected and controls can be put in place for the next election.”
We are holding an oversight hearing tomorrow to examine the irregularities in the 2020 election.
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) December 15, 2020
Pleased with the outcome of the presidential election, Democrats have no interest in alleviating concerns about the integrity of our elections.
Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., the ranking member on the panel, complained that efforts to identify and correct irregularities “undermines our democracy.”
“I am appalled by many of my colleagues’ choice to help spread the President’s lies and false narratives about the outcome of the 2020 election,” the senator said in a statement, according to ABC News. “This isn’t simply another partisan political issue – repeating these falsehoods erodes the public’s trust in this fair and free election, lays the groundwork to weaken the public’s trust in future elections, emboldens our adversaries, and undermines our democracy and the peaceful transition of power.”
To express his disdain for the hearing, Peters will call Chris Krebs, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency, as a witness.
Krebs was fired by President Trump last month after claiming there was no evidence of voter fraud, calling the 2020 election the “most secure in American history.”
Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who investigated former President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, will also testify on Wednesday, being invited by Sen. Johnson.
Other witnesses include Trump-campaign attorneys James Troupis and Jesse Binnall, and Republican state Rep. Francis Ryan, who’s been involved in challenging election results in his home state of Pennsylvania.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, who is a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told CNN that he will “probably not” participate in the hearing, the anti-Trump network reported.
“We have a process in this country, under the Constitution and our judicial system, which should be followed,” Romney said when asked about the hearing. “The idea of trying to change that process or interrupt it is, in my opinion, a grave mistake.”
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
— Shireen (@shireenaqtar) December 15, 2020
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) December 16, 2020
“The only way we’re going to lose this election is if this election is rigged.” –@realDonaldTrump, 8/17/20
“We want to make sure that the election is honest and I’m not sure that it can be.” –@realDonaldTrump, 9/24/20
— Brian Brian (@bellboy905) December 15, 2020
No data experts or Dominion Experts? Whats going on @SenRonJohnson?
— Ross Falconer (@RossFalconer1) December 16, 2020
No, we can’t wait until next election. Must be corrected and then re canvass/recount or new election with integrity. Why can’t we all agree to a free and transparent election? It’s a cornerstone in preserving the republic
— scott tolson (@justicefaith79) December 15, 2020
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