Fox's Bret Baier presses Hawley on election challenge: 'Are you trying to say as of January 20 Trump will be president?'

Fox News anchor Bret Baier pressed Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyNYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force chief: Attacks are 'not new' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan MORE (R-Mo.) late Monday to explicitly say whether he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE will remain in the White House despite his defeat in the November election. 

"I want to pin you down on what you're trying to do," Baier told Hawley during the Republican's appearance on the network. "Are you trying to say as of Jan. 20 Trump will be president?" 

Hawley responded: "That depends on what happens on Wednesday, that's why we have the debate." 


"No it doesn't," Baier interjected. "The states, by the Constitution, say they certify the election, they did certify it. By the Constitution, Congress does not have the right to overturn the certification, at least as most experts read it." 

Every state has certified its election results after recounts and audits in some states at the Trump's campaign's request. The Electoral College affirmed President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected BuzzFeed News finds Biden's private Venmo account Kid reporter who interviewed Obama dies at 23 MORE's win last month.


Last week, Hawley became the first Republican senator to say he plans to object when Congress meets to certify the Electoral College vote on Wednesday, citing what he claims are irregularities in the voting process. 

"Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard," Hawley said in making the announcement. "I will object on January 6 on their behalf." 

A caucus of 11 more GOP senators, led by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Seth Rogen says he's not in a feud with 'fascist' Ted Cruz, whose 'words caused people to die' GOP votes to replace Cheney with Stefanik after backing from Trump MORE (R-Texas), followed in saying they too would contest the result, assuring debate and vote in the House and Senate. More than 100 Republicans in the House have also indicated they will not certify Biden's win. 

Hawley told Baier on Monday that Congress is "directed under the 12th Amendment to count the electoral votes" and cited a statue from the late 1800s that he said provides him "a right to object, a right to be heard and there's also a certification process." 

"My point is, this is my only opportunity during this process to raise an objection and to be heard," Hawley said. "I don't have standing to file lawsuits." 

The Senator's promised objection comes after a number of courts in key battleground states rejected the Trump campaign's legal challenges to results over the last two months.  

Fox News has come under scrutiny among Trump's base of supporters for fact-checking the president's claims of voter fraud in the election since Biden was projected as the winner.