- JUST THE NEWS - Dec 31, 2020 -
President Trump's supporters across the country are escalating efforts to contest the Nov. 3 election results ahead of Wednesday's official certification by Congress, with some Pennsylvania lawmakers making a special appeal to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Georgia Republicans scoring an 11th-hour court hearing.
The frenzied efforts come as Republicans also try to win two runoff elections in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate, while the president's attorneys bank their hopes on an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and getting legislatures in as many as six states to object to certifications.
Republican congressional leaders expect as many as two dozen or more lawmakers in the House and at least one senator, Josh Hawley of Missouri, to object to the slate of electors for Joe Biden in several contested battleground states, prompting at least a two-hour debate next Wednesday.
Increasing the pressure, two dozen GOP state lawmakers in Pennsylvania, led by state Sen. Doug Mastriano, sent letters to McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday asking that their state's election results not be accepted by Congress until further investigation of irregularities is completed.
"Actions taken by the PA State Supreme Court and Secretary [of State Kathy] Boockvar in the 2020 general election were so fraught with inconsistencies, improprieties and irregularities that the results for the Office of President of the United States cannot be determined in our state," the lawmakers wrote. "This election is an embarrassment to our nation."
"We the undersigned ask that you dispute the certification until an investigation is completed," added the letter signed by eight state senators or senators-elect and 19 state House members.