Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., says he will challenge the tally of Electoral College votes when Congress officially certifies the results of the presidential election on Jan. 6.
The move, while unlikely to succeed, has generated praise from the president.
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In an interview with Politico, Brooks said he’d challenge the election results, calling the process “badly flawed” without evidence and echoed false claims from President Donald Trump that mail-in voting is “unconstitutional.”
The congressman said he would pursue the effort if a member of the Senate also joined him in challenging the certification, though he noted none have so far come forward. Brooks said he has had “indirect” conversations with Republican senators about the matter.
“In my judgment, if only lawful votes by eligible American citizens were cast, Donald Trump won the Electoral College by a significant margin, and Congress’s certification should reflect that,” Brooks claimed. “This election was stolen by the socialists engaging in extraordinary voter fraud and election theft measures.”
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“Thank you to Representative Mo Brooks” Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
Brooks’ comments come as the president and his close allies continue to challenge the legitimacy of the election with false claims of mass voter fraud or corruption.
There is no evidence to substantiate the claims made by Trump or Brooks, though the Trump campaign continues to file lawsuits claiming impropriety. The cases have almost uniformly been thrown out by courts.
A small but growing number of Republican officials at the state and federal level have begun to break with the president by acknowledging President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., told reporters he “can’t imagine” that Congress would overturn the Electoral College results, acknowledging that while a Republican “could” protest it is unlikely “that goes anywhere.”
On Tuesday, Attorney General Bill Barr said the Justice Deparemhad found no evidence of wrongdoing in the 2020 election, further undermining Brooks’ attacks.
“A lot of time is being wasted in court … the Supreme Court does not have the lawful authority to determine whether to accept or reject a state’s Electoral College submissions,” Brooks told Politico, stating that “it’s the United States Congress that is the final judge and jury of whether to accept or reject Electoral College submissions by states.”
A move by Congress to overturn the results of the Electoral College, where Biden won by more than 200,000 votes in key swing states, would be highly unusual.
Brooks’ effort is unlikely to succeed. Although members of Congress can