House GOP debates Electoral College vote

House GOP lawmakers debated their challenging the Electoral College votes during a roughly 2 1/2-hour conference meeting at the Capitol on Tuesday morning. 

The meeting comes just one day before conservatives are slated to object to the results in certain swing states, a move that has divided the conference. 

Lawmakers described the debate as productive and cordial despite the huge differences between some Republicans.


“I thought everybody there had thought through where they were and why,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthySchiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director Conservatives go after Cheney for Trump CPAC remarks MORE (R-Calif.) said. “Nobody was attacking anyone, everyone was laying out some of the strongest arguments I saw on all sides. Very productive.”

Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonUpton censured for vote to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from Education Committee Is the 'civil war' in the Republican Party really over? Michigan GOP committee deadlocks on resolution to censure Meijer over impeachment vote MORE (R-Mich.), who is opposed to objecting to the results, laid out the election process in Michigan, where President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE won the vote by more than 150,000 votes.

Upton said there were no cases of fraud that would overturn the result in Michigan, pushing back on unsubstantiated claims by the Trump campaign and its supporters that have been rejected by courts and state officials in Michigan.

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.), who is leading the efforts in the House, announced his plans to challenge the results last month, arguing that Congress, not the courts, should hold jurisdiction over the matter. 

A number of GOP senators have said they will challenge results in various states, including Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyOpen-ended antitrust is an innovation killer Haley isolated after Trump fallout Trump to reemerge on political scene at CPAC MORE (R-Mo.). 


There has been more support for challenging the results of the election among House Republicans than Senate Republicans, but the effort doesn't have enough support in either chamber to be successful. 

And the divide has also been worrying Republicans.

Rep. Tom ReedTom ReedTaylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Here are the three GOP lawmakers who voted for the Equality Act House passes sweeping protections for LGBTQ people MORE (R-N.Y.) told The Hill on Monday it was clear to him there was no evidence of widespread fraud that would change the result of the election.

“At this point in time, I don't see where that is coming to light. And I think it's time for us to sincerely search our souls and as leaders here of the country, rather than potentially pander to folks that are very upset. I think maybe it's time to have an honest conversation with them and to understand their frustration and anger,” he said.