Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyHouse GOP lawmaker: Trump would be ‘100% correct’ to veto relief bill Republicans press FBI for briefing on efforts by Chinese government operatives to gain influence with lawmakers House Republicans who didn’t sign onto the Texas lawsuit MORE (R-Texas) on Sunday challenged the seating of lawmakers from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
All are states where President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court dismisses Gohmert’s election suit against Pence Romney: Plan to challenge election ‘egregious ploy’ that ‘dangerously threatens’ country Pence ‘welcomes’ efforts of lawmakers to ‘raise objections’ to Electoral College results MORE defeated President TrumpDonald TrumpAppeals court dismisses Gohmert’s election suit against Pence Kentucky governor calls vandalism to McConnell’s home ‘unacceptable’ Pence ‘welcomes’ efforts of lawmakers to ‘raise objections’ to Electoral College results MORE in November and where Republicans have raised allegations of voter fraud or other irregularities.
Roy — one of the few conservatives not backing the effort to challenge the results of the presidential election on Jan. 6 — argued that if there was widespread voter fraud to the level that it would change the presidential election results, as many of his colleagues claim, the legitimacy of results down ballot are also called into question.
“Such allegations – if true – raise significant doubts about the elections of at least some of the members of the United States House of Representatives that, if not formally addressed, could cast a dark cloud of suspicion over the validity of this body for the duration of the 117th Congress,” he said in a statement. “After all, those representatives were elected through the very same systems — with the same ballot procedures, with the same signature validations, with the same broadly applied decisions of executive and judicial branch officials — as were the electors chosen for the President of the United States under the laws of those states, which have become the subject of national controversy.”
“And while the legislatures of those states have sent us no formal indication that the results of these elections should not be honored by this body, it would confound basic human reason if the presidential results were to face objection while the congressional results of the same process escaped without public scrutiny,” he added.
Each of the six states in question has certified Biden as the winner of the election and said there was nothing improper about the election.
House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse passes bill boosting stimulus checks to ,000 in bipartisan vote Democrats say ,000 direct payments will pass House, one way or the other House GOP rejects unanimous consent on ,000 direct payments MORE (D-Md.) quickly objected to Roy’s attempt, offering a resolution authorizing Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Kentucky governor calls vandalism to McConnell’s home ‘unacceptable’ Pelosi’s, McConnell’s homes vandalized as K stimulus check bill fails to pass Georgia keeps Senate agenda in limbo MORE (D-Calif.) to administer the oath. That resolution easily passed.
Only two lawmakers voted against allowing Pelosi to administer the oath to House members: Reps. Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithOcasio-Cortez, other lawmakers criticize lack of time to review mammoth bill GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-Va.) and Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisGOP lawmakers are showing up more frequently on Newsmax Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE (R-Md.).
Updated at 7:45 p.m.