Republicans Meet At White House To Challenge Electoral College

( A delegation of Republican members of the House of Representatives met Monday with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

The topic of discussion: The potential of objecting to the results of the Electoral College before Democrat Joe Biden is officially inaugurated as the next president.

The group of House Republicans was led by Mo Brooks from Alabama, who has been a vocal proponent of the last-ditch effort by conservatives to overturn the results of the Electoral College.

According to sources, the plan is for several Republican members of the House of Republicans, as well as a few Republican members of Senate, to object once Congress moves to certify the results. The idea is to bring up the objections once the votes from the contested battleground states are brought up.

Those states are where the Trump campaign, his legal team and other allies have been fighting in court to overturn. While there is obvious support among the GOP in the House, there isn’t any definitive support from GOP senators.

If even one senator were to join in and also object, then several hours of debate are likely to ensue at the joint session of Congress. That could potential delay final certification of results beyond the January 6 meeting date. It’s not certain if even these members objecting to the results would be enough to overturn the outcome, though.

As Brooks told CNN:

“I believe we have multiple senatos, and the question is not if but how many.”

Brooks also said those who are on board with the challenge will object to results in at least six different states, and will prepare “as many as 72” speeches five minutes in length that will be delivered throughout the joint session.

To this point, GOP leadership in the Senate has been opposed to objecting to the results. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said doing so would lead to a “terrible vote” that would force Republican senators to make a choice between supporting the president or not.

Senate Majority Leader John Thune from South Dakota also told CNN that the objection would be a futile effort. He said:

“I think the thing they got to remember is, it’s not going anywhere. I mean in the Senate, it would go down like a shot dog. I just don’t think it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the outcome is going to be.”

These comments haven’t deterred Brooks from continuing his effort, though. He said that while House GOP leadership hasn’t officially commented yet, he also hasn’t faced any backlash from them or been told to stand down.

As he said:

“In a general sense, how it looks like we’re headed, it looks like we’re going to have valid objections filed to the number of states on January 6. And we’ll probably know sometime on January 7, after all the speeches and votes have taken place, what the Electoral College returns are.”