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Coalition of 7 conservative House Republicans says they won't challenge election results

Seven conservative House Republicans said Sunday they would not join some 100 GOP colleagues in challenging the results of the presidential election this week.

“But only the states have the authority to appoint electors, in accordance with state law,” a letter led by Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold Massie14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Congress tiptoes back to normality post-pandemic 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol MORE (R-Ky.) says. “Congress has only a narrow role in the presidential election process. Its job is to count the electors submitted by the states, not to determine which electors the states should have sent.”

In addition to Massie, the letter is signed by Reps. Tom McClintockThomas (Tom) Milller McClintock14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Alyssa Milano says she could 'potentially run' for House in 2024 'If this thing qualifies, I'm toast': An oral history of the Gray Davis recall in California MORE (R-Calif.), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene Roy14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE (R-Texas), Ken BuckKenneth (Ken) Robert BuckWhite House backs repeal of 2002 war authorization House unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Roy introduces bill blocking Chinese Communist Party members from buying US land MORE (R-Colo.), Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.), Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherBiden budget includes 0M to help agencies recover from SolarWinds hack in proposed budget GOP lawmaker calls for Wuhan probe to 'prevent the next pandemic' Lawmakers introduce bill to protect critical infrastructure against cyberattacks MORE (R-Wis.) and Nancy Mace (R-S.C.).

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The letter opens by giving credence to President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE’s frequent, unsubstantiated claims about widespread election fraud.

“The elections held in at least six battleground states raise profound questions, and it is a legal, constitutional, and moral imperative that they be answered,” it says.

But it goes on to note that no states have submitted competing slates of electors, including those with GOP-controlled legislatures.

“Unless that happens between now and January 6, 2021, Congress will have no authority to influence the outcome of the 2020 presidential election,” the letter states.

“Though doing so may frustrate our immediate political objectives, we have sworn an oath to promote the Constitution above our policy goals,” the letter concludes. “We must count the electoral votes submitted by the states.”

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A majority of the House Republican caucus is expected to join a challenge to Congress' certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE’s Electoral College win on Wednesday. In the Senate, meanwhile, at least 12 Republicans have said they will object to the certification. The effort will almost certainly not prevent Biden from taking office, as an objection would have to pass the Democratic House and enough Senate Republicans for a majority have said they will not join the effort.

Of the letter's signers, Buck and McClintock were the only ones to sign onto an earlier brief in support of a challenge to state electoral results brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), which the Supreme Court rejected. Mace, who defeated then-Rep. Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamJoe Cunningham to enter race for South Carolina governor Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' Lobbying world MORE (D-S.C.) in November, was not a member of Congress at the time.