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GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) on Saturday night congratulated Joe Biden as the president-elect while calling on President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE to "accept the outcome of the election" and allow a smooth transition process.

Toomey issued a lengthy statement urging Trump to accept the election results showing a win for Biden after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign alleging widespread ballot fraud in Pennsylvania.

“With today’s decision by Judge Matthew Brann, a longtime conservative Republican whom I know to be a fair and unbiased jurist, to dismiss the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” Toomey said in a statement.

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Toomey, who has announced his retirement from politics at the end of 2022, also recognized Biden and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol MORE (D-Calif.) as the president-elect and vice president-elect.

“I congratulate President-elect BidenJoe BidenBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Myanmar military conducts violent night raids Confidence in coronavirus vaccines has grown with majority now saying they want it MORE and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victory. They are both dedicated public servants and I will be praying for them and for our country,” he said.

Toomey is the fifth Senate Republican to congratulate Biden on winning the 2020 presidential election.

GOP Sens. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocratic centrists flex power on Biden legislation Ron Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Romney's TRUST Act is a Trojan Horse to cut seniors' benefits MORE (Utah), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump promises to travel to Alaska to campaign against Murkowski GOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Senate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote MORE (Alaska), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy MORE (Maine) and Ben SasseBen SasseSenators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks Republicans, please save your party MORE (Neb.) have already congratulated Biden.

Toomey previously said it was “quite likely” that Biden would be the next president, though he said it was not yet a 100 percent certainty.

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Other Republican senators have said they expect Biden to be inaugurated on Jan. 20, including Sens. John CornynJohn CornynSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Biden gets involved to help break Senate logjam Overnight Defense: Capitol Police may ask National Guard to stay | Biden's Pentagon policy nominee faces criticism | Naval Academy midshipmen moved to hotels MORE (Texas), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP votes in unison against COVID-19 relief bill Hillicon Valley: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China MORE (Fla.) and James Risch (Idaho).

Toomey issued his statement after Brann, a federal judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, issued a strongly worded opinion dismissing the Trump campaign's lawsuit seeking to delay certification of election results in the commonwealth.

The judge took Trump’s lawyers to task for making “strained legal arguments without merit” and “speculative accusations” not based on evidence.

Brann, an appointee of former President Obama, derided the Trump campaign’s lawsuit as a “Frankenstein’s Monster” that sought to disenfranchise nearly 7 million voters in Pennsylvania.

The lawsuit cannot be resubmitted since it was dismissed with "prejudice."

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Toomey noted the decision “follows a series of procedural losses for President Trump’s campaign.”

He pointed out that officials in Georgia certified Biden’s win in that state on Friday and that Michigan state lawmakers rejected “the apparent attempt by President Trump to thwart the will of Michigan voters and select an illegitimate slate of electoral college electors.”

Toomey said the recent developments “confirm that Joe Biden won the 2020 election and will become the 46th president of the United States.”

Toomey will be the next chairman of the Senate Banking Committee if Republicans keep their majority in 2021 by winning at least one of two runoff Senate races in Georgia scheduled for Jan. 5. He says he will retire from Congress at the end of 2022 and return to the private sector.