House Republican urges GOP lawmakers to join effort to stop 'illegitimate' Biden win

Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksTrump to reemerge on political scene at CPAC Former Trump officials eye bids for political office Trump's Slovenia Ambassador Lynda Blanchard jumps into Alabama Senate race MORE (R-Ala.) on Monday called on fellow House Republicans to sign on to his effort to challenge the certification of the Electoral College's votes on Jan. 6, while blasting President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE's election victory as "illegitimate."

During an interview with Fox Business Network's Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsBartiromo, Pirro, Dobbs file to dismiss Smartmatic lawsuits Jim Jordan: Rising power on the right? Fox Corp. signs Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott to new multiyear deal MORE, Brooks dismissed the idea that rejecting Electoral College submissions from states, a move that has not been made by Congress since the 1800s, was "unusual" and urged his fellow members to support the effort.

Brooks made the remarks shortly after Biden secured the number of electoral votes needed to secure his election, something expected but that received prominent media attention given President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE's refusal to concede his loss. 


"This is not unusual, the law is very clear, the House of Representatives in combination with the United States Senate has the lawful authority to accept or reject Electoral College submissions from states with such flawed election systems that they are not worthy of our trust," Brooks said.

If a single U.S. senator joins Brooks in challenging the certification, it would force a debate and vote in the House and Senate. No senator has done so, and a number of Republicans the morning after Brooks spoke were signaling they did not want the party to move in that direction. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump at CPAC foments 2022 GOP primary wars Hawley gets boisterous ovation at CPAC for Electoral College objection   Why Congress must invoke the 14th Amendment now MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE on their victories.   

Federal and state election officials have said that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud, and legal challenges by Trump and his allies have been rejected by courts.