Prominent Republican declines to say if he is involved in efforts to reverse the outcome when Congress meets on Wednesday

A prominent Republican Senator has refused to clearly answer a question about whether he’s involved in an attempt to reverse the result of the 2020 presidential election, which Democrat Joe Biden convincingly won in November

When asked if he’s trying to “overturn the elections” and keep Donald Trump in power, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley told Fox News, “It depends on what happens on Wednesday”

Congress will then meet to count Joe Biden’s electoral college win 306-232, which has been approved by all 50 states Formal Objections to be raised by Hawley, around a dozen other Senators, and more than 100 Republicans in the House, will not turn the result upside down – as Trump and his supporters hope

Democrats hold the house and guarantee defeat there, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other high-ranking Republicans in this chamber also reject the objections

When Hawley spoke on Monday night, he initially avoided asking whether he was trying to overthrow an election, thereby disenfranchising millions of Americans He insisted that he protest against the holding of presidential elections in states like Pennsylvania

“I just want to hold on to you,” said Anker Bret Baier at last, “on what you are trying to do. Are you saying that President Trump will start on the 20th January [inauguration day] will be president? “

“Well,” Hawley said, “it depends on what happens on Wednesday I mean, that’s why we have to debate”

Baier replied, “No, it doesn’t. The states certify the choice by the constitution, they certify it by the constitution. Congress does not have the right to revoke certification, at least as most experts read it”

“Well,” said Hawley, “Congress is after Dec. Amendment instructed to count the votes There is a law from the 19th Century, the 19th Century that says that there is a right to object, there is a right to it”Be heard, and there is also the certification right”

Baier countered: “It’s from 1876, Senator, and it’s the Tilden-Hayes race in which there were three states that did not certify their voters. So Congress had to develop this system for this commission, which eventually had to negotiate a big deal ”

After the deal, a Republican president, Rutherford Hayes, was in power to end post-civil war reconstruction. In August, historian Eric Foner told the Guardian: “Part of the deal was the transfer of the rights of African American me not sure if this is a precedent that we want to revive you know? “

Baeir continued, “But now all states have confirmed their elections as of 14 December So it doesn’t constitutionally open a door to Congress to reverse that, does it? “

“My point,” said Hawley, “is my only opportunity during this process to object and be heard. I have no authority to file a lawsuit”

Trump’s election campaign has filed more than 50 lawsuits against the election results, losing the vast majority and dismissing the Supreme Court

Hawley dodged a later question as to whether his own ambitions in the White House were the real motivation for his objection – as seems to be the case for other senators trying to appease the party’s Trumpist base

Also on Monday evening, ShutDownDC activists held a so-called “hour-long vigil” at Hawley’s Washington home. They asked him to drop his appeal, said they sang, lit candles and provided a copy of the US Constitution

Hawley, back in Missouri, complained that “Antifa bastards” “threatened my wife and newborn daughter who can’t travel They shouted threats, demolished and tried to open our door”

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