McCarthy says he supports effort to challenge Electoral College results

McCarthy says he supports effort to challenge Electoral College results
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySunday shows - Cheney removal, CDC guidance reverberate Kinzinger: 'I would love to move on' from Trump but he is the leader of the GOP Cheney: I can't ignore Trump because he 'continues to be a real danger' MORE (R-Calif.) on Sunday expressed support for conservatives’ efforts to challenge the outcome of the Electoral College when Congress meets Jan. 6 to certify the results.

“I think it's right that we have the debate. I mean, you see now that senators are going to object, the House is going to object — how else do we have a way to change the election problems?” McCarthy told The Hill on Sunday.  

Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksDemocrat moves to censure three Republicans for downplaying Jan. 6 Republicans embrace Trump in effort to reclaim Senate Democrats warn Waters censure move opens floodgates MORE (R-Ala.), who is leading the charge in the lower chamber, announced his plans to contest the results last month, repeating President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE’s claims the election was stolen from him, despite producing no evidence showing widespread voter fraud.


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.) announced he is also willing to object, providing Brooks with a member of the upper chamber required to move forward with debate. A number of other House Republicans and a dozen GOP members of the Senate have also said they will back the challenge.

Proponents of the challenge have said that despite courts overwhelmingly rejecting the Trump campaign's legal challenges, Congress should hold jurisdiction over the matter. They argue Jan. 6 will provide the opportunity to lay out the president’s case.  

While McCarthy supports the efforts, a number of House GOP lawmakers have pushed back. 

House Republican Conference Chair Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyStefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' Hollywood farce, Trump Republicans and the surprising courage of Liz Cheney Sunday shows - Cheney removal, CDC guidance reverberate MORE (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 GOP lawmaker in the House, sent a memo to her colleagues denouncing the move, arguing it sets a dangerous precedent and sows doubts in democracy. 

“As you will see, there is substantial reason for concern about the precedent Congressional objections will set here. By objecting to electoral slates, members are unavoidably asserting that Congress has the authority to overturn elections and overrule state and federal courts,” she wrote. 


“Such objections set an exceptionally dangerous precedent, threatening to steal states’ explicit constitutional responsibility for choosing the President and bestowing it instead on Congress. This is directly at odds with the Constitution’s clear text and our core beliefs as Republicans," she added. "Democrats have long attempted, unconstitutionally, to federalize every element of our nation—including elections. Republicans should not embrace Democrats’ unconstitutional position on these issues."  

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBipartisanship has become a partisan weapon Washington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden MORE (R-Ky.) previously urged Republicans in the upper chamber not to object to the results, telling members in December that it “isn’t in the best interest of everybody.” McConnell has recognized Joe BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE as the president-elect. 

One GOP lawmaker told The Hill that upwards of 140 House Republicans could potentially join Brooks in contesting the results. 

Updated at 5:41 p.m.