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Democrat asks Pelosi to refuse to seat lawmakers supporting Trump's election challenges

Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellDemocrat calls on Biden to fire postal board for 'complicity' in attempts to overturn election Capitol Police officer hailed as hero for drawing rioters away from Senate chamber John Lewis remembered after Warnock victory: 'Wish he were here tonight' MORE (D-N.J.) is asking House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOklahoma man who videotaped himself with his feet on desk in Pelosi's office during Capitol riot released on bond House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot With another caravan heading North, a closer look at our asylum law MORE (D-Calif.) to refuse to seat members of the next Congress who back President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE’s effort to challenge the election.

The demand comes as more than 120 House Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyCheney spokesperson on Gaetz: 'In Wyoming, the men don't wear make-up' Biden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop House GOP leader says he has 'concerns' over Cheney's impeachment vote MORE (Calif.), have signed an amicus brief supporting Texas’s election lawsuit in the Supreme Court.

The suit is asking the court to prevent Electors from finalizing President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE’s victory in Georgia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

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“Stated simply, the men and women who would act to tear the United States Government apart cannot serve as Members of the Congress,” Pascrell said in a statement posted to Twitter.

“These lawsuits seeking to obliterate public confidence in our democratic system by invalidating the clear results of the 2020 presidential election undoubtedly attack the text and the spirit of the Constitution, which each Member swears to support and defend,” he added. 

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 Pascrell argues that the 14th Amendment prohibits members of Congress from rebelling agains the U.S., and “trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that.”

 

Many Republicans have stood behind the president's unsubstantiated claims that widespread voter fraud cost him the election and that it should be overturned, though the Texas suit itself has divided the party.

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Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksFreedom Caucus chairman blasts 'sensational lies' after Capitol riot Democratic super PAC targets Hawley, Cruz in new ad blitz Trust between lawmakers reaches all-time low after Capitol riots MORE (R-Ala.) said on Wednesday that he would object when Congress meets to certify the Electoral College vote.

Both parties are awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court on whether it will even hear the suit, with state electors to the Electoral College prepared to gather at state capitols to vote Monday. 

The Supreme Court earlier this week rejected a bid from Pennsylvania Republicans to undo Biden’s win in the state. The order was unsigned and had no noted dissents.

Pascrell previously called for an investigation into the entire Trump administration when Biden takes office.

Pelosi’s office didn’t comment on Pascrell’s request, but in a Dear Colleague letter sent Friday evening, Pelosi said the Republicans are “subverting the Constitution by their reckless and fruitless assault on our democracy which threatens to seriously erode public trust in our most sacred democratic institutions, and to set back our progress on the urgent challenges ahead.”