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

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.) 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 BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE's election victory as "illegitimate."

During an interview with Fox Business Network's Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsFox News says Smartmatic lawsuit should be dismissed Dominion lawyer: We haven't ruled out suing Trump, other media outlets What to know about Dominion's legal fight with Fox News 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 TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president 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 McConnellWhy the Democrats need Joe Manchin Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMeghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration I visited the border and the vice president should too Texas governor announces plan to build southern border wall 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.