AT least 140 Republicans are reportedly planning to back President Donald Trump and vote against certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
Two GOP members of the House of Representatives told CNN this week that dozens of Republicans are set to vote against certifying the 78-year-old President-elect when Congress formally validates the Electoral College votes on January 6, 2021.
The vote will declare who has claimed victory as the next president and vice president of the United States.
Earlier this month, Biden solidified his presidential win at 306 votes to Trump's 232 – after all 538 electors met in their respective states to cast their votes for president.
According to the news outlet, more than 12 GOP House members have stated publicly that they will vote against authorizing the Electoral College count.
Alabama rep Morris "Mo" Brooks, Georgia rep Jody Hice, New Jersey rep Jeff Van Drew, South Carolina rep Joe Wilson are among the Republican members.
Eight GOP lawmakers from Pennsylvania and a handful of incoming Republican House members – Marjorie Taylor Greene, Madison Cawthorn, Lauren Boebert, and Diana Harshbarger – have also confirmed to reject the Electoral College results.
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has dubbed the looming vote as "the most consequential" he has ever cast, three sources revealed on a call to AXIOS.
McConnell was paraphrased by one of the sources, saying: "I'm finishing 36 years in the Senate and I've cast a lot of big votes..
"And in my view, just my view, this is will be the most consequential I have ever cast."
The source explained: "The context was McConnell saying we're being asked to overturn the results after a guy didn't get as many electoral votes and lost by 7 million popular votes."
The conference call with the news outlet followed Missouri senator Josh Hawley's announcement that he will contest the electoral college vote certification that secured Biden's win.
The 40-year-old politician – who is the youngest senator in the US – revealed his decision on December 30.
His objection would guarantee debate and vote in the House and Senate on the Electoral College results, according to The Hill.
Hawley said in a statement: "I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws.
"And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega-corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden.
"At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act."
The young senator's announcement came as a group of House conservatives lead by Republican representative Mo Brooks pledged to make a bid to overturn the results of the presidential election.
According to the New York Times, Brooks – American politician serving as the US Representative for Alabama's 5th congressional district – is leading other Trump-supporting members of Congress to attempt to reverse President-elect Biden's victory.
"My No.1 goal is to fix a badly flawed American election system that too easily permits voter fraud and election theft," Brooks told the outlet.
"A possible bonus from achieving that goal is that Donald Trump only count lawful votes by eligible American citizens and exclude all illegal votes."
Meanwhile, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse took to Facebook on Wednesday toslam his fellow Republicans for planning to vote against the Electoral College count.
He wrote: "The president and his allies are playing with fire.
"If you make big claims, you had better have the evidence. But the president doesn’t and neither do the institutional arsonist members of Congress who will object to the Electoral College vote."
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