House Republicans are rising involved that if Republican senators don’t object to not less than three states throughout the Jan. 6 certification of the presidential election outcomes, that the “entire effort” will likely be “worthless,” sources instructed Fox News.
Last month, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was the primary Republican senator to decide to objecting to the election outcomes, particularly in Pennsylvania, whereas a gaggle of GOP senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Saturday mentioned they might object to the certification except there was an emergency 10-day audit of the outcomes by an electoral fee.
But House Republican sources instructed Fox News Sunday that there’s a rising concern that the Republican senators won’t object to sufficient states to make a distinction within the end result of the 2020 presidential election, which has been referred to as in favor of President-elect Joe Biden since November.
Two House Republican officers instructed Fox News that greater than 100 GOP House members will object to the election ends in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin.
“If the Republican senators don’t object to enough states, the entire effort on Jan. 6th is worthless,” a House Republican official instructed Fox News. “To have any chance of impacting the outcome of the 2020 election, the Republican senators must join Republican House members in objecting at least three states and ideally all six states—Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Wisconsin.
“If Republican senators solely object to at least one state, Joe Biden will undoubtedly safe sufficient electoral votes to develop into president,” the official continued, adding that “the stress actually is on the Republican senators like Ted Cruz to affix House Republicans right here.”
“If they don’t, it will likely be an important disappointment to the president, their constituents, and guarantee a Joe Biden victory,” the official said.
Cruz, on Saturday, was joined by Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.; James Lankford of Oklahoma; Steve Daines of Montana; John Kennedy of Louisiana; Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, and Mike Braun of Indiana; as well as Sens.-elect Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming; Roger Marshall of Kansas; Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama.
The group claims that the Nov. 3 election “featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud and unlawful conduct.” So far, those claims of widespread fraud that could affect the results have not been substantiated in the courts or by state and local election officials.
“We ought to observe that precedent,” the group said in a statement. “To wit, Congress ought to instantly appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns within the disputed states. Once accomplished, particular person states would consider the Commission’s findings and will convene a particular legislative session to certify a change of their vote, if wanted.”
If that doesn’t happen, the senators intend to vote against certification.
“Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), except and till that emergency 10-day audit is accomplished,” they said in the statement.
A source familiar with the effort by the GOP senators told Fox News that it was Cruz who orchestrated the push for the audit just days before the joint session of Congress on Wednesday to officially approve the Electoral College votes electing former Vice President Joe Biden.
The senators and senators-elect are calling for Congress to appoint a commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit of the election returns in states where the results are disputed. They cite as precedent the 1877 race between Samuel Tilden and Rutherford Hayes, in which there were allegations of fraud in multiple states.
But sources familiar told Fox News that the group of Senate Republicans is still discussing which states, if any, to object to on Jan. 6.
Another source familiar with their discussions told Fox News that “nothing is set but.””
And two sources told Fox News that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., separately, may object to at least one state during the joint session, but it is unclear, at this point, which state, if any, that may be.
Paul’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
The issue of electoral college certification, though, is not being whipped by Senate Republican leadership, meaning that leadership is not driving the Republican conference in a certain direction. As previously reported, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has referred to this as a “vote of conscience.”
Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators on Sunday said that efforts to object to the Electoral College results this week by Republicans only will “undermine” confidence in the 2020 election.
“The 2020 election is over. All challenges by way of recounts and appeals have been exhausted,” said a statement by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Susan Collins, R-Maine; Mark Warner, D-Va.; Bill Cassidy, R-La.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Angus King, I-Maine; Mitt Romney, R-Utah; Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
“At this level, additional makes an attempt to forged doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 Presidential election are opposite to the clearly expressed will of the American individuals and solely serve to undermine Americans’ confidence within the already decided election outcomes,” they continued. “The voters have spoken, and Congress should now fulfill its accountability to certify the election outcomes.”
The group added that in two weeks they “will start working with our colleagues and the brand new Administration on bipartisan, frequent sense options to the large challenges going through our nation.”
They added: “It is time to maneuver ahead.”
President Trump’s campaign has launched a number of legal challenges, while Trump himself has urged states with Republican governors and legislatures to overturn Biden’s victories.
While the Trump campaign has challenged the results in dozens of lawsuits, judges in multiple states have shot them down. Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press last month that “so far, we now have not seen fraud on a scale that would have effected a distinct end result within the election.”
Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.