House GOP holds strategy session at White House ahead of Congressional certification of Electoral College vote

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A group of House Republicans who support President Donald Trump’s challenge to the 2020 election has set their sites on Jan. 6 to engage in a long-shot maneuver to object to the submissions of Electoral College votes from a number of battleground states marred by allegations of fraud.

With Congress set to convene on January 6, a dozen or so GOP lawmakers huddled up at the White House on Monday with the president and his legal team to discuss strategy, according to The Hill. Vice President Mike Pence was also present.

 

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows acknowledged the meeting in a tweet.

“Several members of Congress just finished a meeting in the Oval Office with President @realDonaldTrump, preparing to fight back against mounting evidence of voter fraud. Stay tuned,” he tweeted.

Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., also mentioned a “big meeting” while tweeting that he’ll object to Georgia’s electors to ensure the people hear Trump’s legal case.

“Big meeting today with @realDonaldTrump, @VP, the President’s legal team, @freedomcaucus and other Members of Congress. I will lead an objection to Georgia’s electors on Jan 6. The courts refuse to hear the President’s legal case. We’re going to make sure the People can!” he tweeted.

Politico’s Jake Sherman tweeted the names of other Republicans spotted in the West Wing.

Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mo Brooks, R-Ala., were among the names shared.

 

Brooks may have been the first GOP lawmaker to publicly vow to challenge election results when Congress convenes to officially tally the Electoral College votes.

Adamant that illegal votes were cast in the election, Brooks told reporters Monday the effort is gaining support.

“It’s pretty clear that the momentum is growing in support of the objections to states’ submittals of Electoral College votes because of their flawed election systems and render them unworthy of trust,” he said, according to The Hill.

“We now in the House side are up to dozens of congressmen who are willing to object or co-sponsor objections to various states’ submittals, so we have more congressmen than we have states to object to,” Brooks said. “On the Senate side, I think the question is now becoming not whether there will be a senator who is objecting [but] rather … how many senators join in the objections.”

The House members need at least one member of the Senate to join them to require debate and a vote in the House and Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned GOP senators not to join the floor fight to challenge electoral votes, saying this may harm the outcome of Georgia’s run-off elections, and that it would result in a “terrible vote” for Republicans, forcing them to either support Trump or publicly buck him.

However, newly elected Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., has indicated that he may join the fray.

When asked about what to expect on Jan. 6, Tuberville said, “You see what’s coming. You’ve been reading about it in the House. We’re going to have to do it in the Senate.”

Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., tweeted that there was a “rapidly growing group of House members and senators” joining the fight.

“We aren’t going to let this election be stolen by Joe Biden and the Democrats,” she said in an accompanying video urging Trump supporters to call their senators and representatives. “President Trump won by a landslide.”

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