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GOP lawmakers blast 'morally reprehensible' Democratic probe of House race

GOP lawmakers blast 'morally reprehensible' Democratic probe of House race
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GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiIncreasingly active younger voters liberalize US electorate Sunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE (D-Calif.) to express their "outrage" over Democrats' efforts to investigate a House race in Iowa that was decided by razor-thin margins.

“We write to express our outrage at the activities you have undertaken as Speaker in the matter of Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks as Representative of Iowa’s Second Congressional District,” the letter released Wednesday states.

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Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) won her House race against Democrat Rita Hart by six votes, and although there was a recount, the state certified the results and Miller-Meeks was sworn into office. However, the House Administration Committee is still investigating the race.

“Additionally, you, Madam Speaker, sent a letter to Congresswoman Miller-Meeks on January 3, 2021, congratulating her on her ‘election as a Member of the 117th Congress,’ ” the GOP letter sent Tuesday states. “In addition to being profoundly hypocritical, this is morally reprehensible.”

Moderate Democrats and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWashington showing signs of normalcy after year of restrictions Former OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Lawmakers reach agreement on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission MORE (R-Ky.) have both come out against flipping the election results.

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As painful as it was to lose this election by six votes, and although I sympathize with Rita Hart, the state certified these election results. Upending them at this point would only serve to further divide the country,” a moderate Democrat previously told The Hill.

“The outcome was certified. That’s the magic word, certified, that we heard over and over again in November and December. ... the process played out in a way that every liberal in America spent November, December and January insisting was beyond question,” said McConnell.

The letter from House Republicans accused Pelosi of being hypocritical and asserted she was supporting the investigation because she did not like the results of the election.

Pelosi has defended her support of the investigation, asserting that Republicans are the ones being hypocritical.

“For them to call anybody hypocritical about elections when two-thirds of them in the House voted against accepting the presidency of Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE is — well, it's just who they are,” she said on ABC's "This Week."