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Romney: 'Madness' for Republicans to challenge Electoral College vote

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney Eugene Goodman to throw out first pitch at Nationals game White House briefed on bipartisan infrastructure deal but says questions remain On The Money: Consumer prices jumped 5 percent annually in May | GOP senators say bipartisan group has infrastructure deal MORE (R-Utah) dismissed a push from fellow Republicans in the House who are mulling the idea of challenging the Electoral College vote in an effort to keep President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE in office another four years. 

"Madness," Romney told reporters on Tuesday. "This is madness. We have a process. Recounts are appropriate. Going to the court is appropriate. Pursuing every legal avenue is appropriate. But trying to get electors not to do what the people voted to do is madness." 

Last week, Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksShelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race GOP lawmaker deletes tweet that appeared to mistakenly reveal email password The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Harris take US goals abroad MORE (R-Ala.) said he planned to challenge the Electoral College vote when Congress meets to officially certify the election results after the first of the year. 

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“I'm doing this because in my judgment this is the worst election theft in the history of the United States. And if there was a way to determine the Electoral College outcome using only lawful votes cast by eligible American citizens, then Donald Trump won the Electoral College,” Brooks said. 

Romney said on Tuesday that he is confident any effort by House Republicans to overturn or invalidate state electors for the presidency would fail in the Senate. 

Since President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' News leaders deal with the post-Trump era MORE was projected the winner in November's election, Trump and his allies have alleged without evidence that widespread voter fraud led to a "rigged election" against him. 

Trump himself has reportedly pressured Republican election officials in at least one state, Georgia, to hold off on certifying election results, a request that ultimately went unheeded. 

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court blocked a Republican bid to overturn Biden's win in Pennsylvania.  

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus also held a press conference late last week criticizing Attorney General William BarrBill BarrEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Garland sparks anger with willingness to side with Trump Trump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says MORE for what they say is a failure on the part of the Justice Department to sufficiently investigate allegations of voter fraud that occurred in the election. 

"There is nothing more important for Attorney General Barr [and others in federal law enforcement] to eliminate false claims of fraud and verify the veracity of claims," Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said. "We are running out of clock. There is not much runway left to land the plane."