Trump posts letter from Pennsylvania Senate encouraging Electoral College certification delay

President Trump on Wednesday shared a letter from Republican members of the Pennsylvania Senate asking U.S. Senate leaders to delay certification of the Electoral College’s 2020 election outcomes.

“Members, we ask for more time given the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court is to hear Trump v. Boockvar in the coming days,” the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reads.

In the letter, the Pennsylvania senators accuse State Secretary Kathy Boockvar of “allowing for a proliferation of unsecured drop boxes in key Democratic areas” and “encouraging some counties” on the day earlier than Nov. 3 to “notify party and candidate representatives of mail-in voters whose ballots contained disqualifying defects and allowing them to ‘cure’ those defects.”

Among the signers had been President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, Republican Majority Leader Kim Ward, and state Sens. Judy Ward and Kristin Phillips-Hill.

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Lawmakers additionally argue within the letter that mail-in ballots had been counted three days after officers obtained them, ballots with out postmarks had been counted and signatures on ballots weren’t verified, as state legislation requires.

The letter concludes by asking McConnell and McCarthy, who on Sunday expressed help for a Republican-led problem to the Electoral College’s election certification in a statement to The Hill, to “delay certification” because the State Senate pursues “election integrity” within the Commonwealth.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, walks to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, walks to the Senate flooring on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Congress will maintain a joint session Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET to certify the presidential election outcomes.

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More than a dozen Senate Republicans have stated they may object to the certification of ends in not less than one state, and greater than 100 House Republican members stated they plan to object to ends in Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Georgia.

But different Republicans, together with McConnell, R-Ky., Sens. John Thune of South Dakota, John Cornyn of Texas, Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Tim Scott of South Carolina, amongst others, have dedicated to voting to certify the election outcomes. 

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Fox News‘ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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