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Murkowski 'really disappointed' with House lawmakers supporting election challenge

Murkowski 'really disappointed' with House lawmakers supporting election challenge
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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump muddles Republican messaging on Afghanistan Trump drama divides GOP, muddling message Moderate Republicans leery of Biden's renewed call for unity MORE (R-Alaska) said Friday that she was "disappointed" with House lawmakers for supporting an effort to challenge election results in key battleground states. 

"I am really surprised and disappointed that ... three days before everything is to be certified that there would be an effort by members, effort by states that are not even impacted in the sense of the challenges," Murkowski said. 

"That there would be this effort following all of the court rulings that have set aside or disposed of any questions with regard to voting irregularity. ... So I'm surprised, and I'm even more so, I was really disappointed that this is continuing in this way," Murkowski continued. 

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Murkowski's comments came after 106 Republican lawmakers in the House signed an amicus brief on Thursday in support of the Texas lawsuit aimed at overturning the election results in four swing states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — that handed Democrat Joe Biden the White House in last month's presidential election. 

On Friday, an additional 20 House Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyConservative Club for Growth PAC comes out against Stefanik to replace Cheney The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  Kinzinger hits GOP on 'operation #coverupJan6' over Cheney ouster plot MORE (Calif.), endorsed the effort. 

No Senate Republicans have yet signed on to a similar petition. 

Murkowski advised supporters not to try to get her on board. 

"I would certainly hope not, because that meant they haven't seen my statements which I have clearly said President-elect BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE and Vice President-elect Harris are going to be beginning a new administration in January," she added when asked if a petition had been sent to her office. 

The lawsuit by Texas has divided GOP senators

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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynCornyn is most prolific tweeter in Congress so far in 2021 Schumer 'exploring' passing immigration unilaterally if talks unravel Trump muddles Republican messaging on Afghanistan MORE (R-Texas) told reporters, “I do not understand the legal theory."

But Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Trump's Facebook ban to stay in place, board rules | Facebook board's Trump decision pleases no one | Republicans float support for antitrust reform Republicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld Hawley says Cheney 'spiraling,' 'out-of-step' amid Trump backlash MORE (R-Mo.) has said that the Supreme Court needs to "adjudicate" it. 

"That could take the form of finding that there’s no standing. There’s lots of permutations here," he said. 

Hawley added that he wasn't aware of a similar petition circulating among Senate Republicans. 

"Usually the way these things work on the amicus brief side, you know this, is somebody takes the lead and then says I’ll write it and then I’ll get people to sign on," he said.