Scott opposes overturning electoral votes; Allen, Wilson and Loeffler support it

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 9:05 AM EST
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WASHINGTON D.C. - While many Republican lawmakers plan to object to the results of the 2020 presidential election, one Republican senator is not going along with the movement.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott issued a statement noting he would not oppose the results of the Electoral College victory by President-elect Joe Biden.

“I am, and will forever be, open, interested, and desirous to see any new and credible evidence,” Scott said in a statement released on Tuesday. “Our Constitution is a magnificent document - and this is coming from a man who was not even fully counted as a man in the original version. It has stood the test of World Wars, a Civil War, the Great Depression, and presidential assassinations. The Constitution allows for the confrontation of witnesses, the cross-examination of evidence, the peaceful transfer of power, and the role Congress plays in federal elections. And it is the document I have sworn allegiance to and still do.

“As I read the Constitution, there is no constitutionally viable means for the Congress to overturn an election wherein the states have certified and sent their Electors. Some of my colleagues believe they have found a path, and while our opinions differ, I do not doubt their good intentions to take steps towards stamping out voter fraud. Importantly, I disagree with their method both in principle and in practice. For their theory to work, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats would have to elect Donald Trump president rather than Joe Biden. That is not going to happen, not today or any other day.”

Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler said she supports the effort.

In the House, local Reps. Joe Wilson of South Carolina and Rick Allen of Georgia were among 37 Republican House members saying they would vote to sustain objections to slates of electors submitted by states. In a news release, they said they believe these states “clearly violated the Constitution in the presidential election of 2020.”

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham noted that his colleagues would have to find a way to effectively make their case to overturn the Electoral College results.

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley became the first lawmaker in Congress to announce he would raise objections regarding Biden’s Electoral College win.

From reports by WIS and WRDW/WAGT