Senate Democrats rebuke GOP colleagues who say they'll oppose Electoral College results

Senate Democrats criticized their GOP colleagues after a group of 11 Republicans announced they would oppose the Electoral College results when Congress meets on Wednesday.

A number of Democrats said the group, which is led by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Matthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' MORE (Texas) and includes Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Liberal group launches campaign urging Republicans to support Biden's agenda Domestic extremists return to the Capitol MORE (Wis.), James Lankford (Okla.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Kennedy (La.) and Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) is undermining the electoral process by vowing to vote against accepting the election results until there is a 10-day audit. 

Congress will meet for a joint session on Wednesday to certify the Electoral College tally, which found President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place MORE the victor of the White House race. 

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“Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th, and no publicity stunt will change that,” Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook This week: Democrats face mounting headaches MORE (D-Minn.) said in a statement issued Saturday.

“For a group of my Republican colleagues to claim that they want an additional federal 'commission' to supersede state certifications when the votes have already been counted, recounted, litigated, and state-certified, amounts to nothing more than an attempt to subvert the will of the voters,” she added. 

“This pathetic, opportunistic stunt is an attack on our democracy. It’s un-American & unconscionable. Votes have been counted, recounted, certified, & all challenges totally discredited. Time to govern & get things done,” added Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).

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The rebukes are targeted at the GOP senators who announced Saturday that they would reject the Electoral College results so a panel could investigate allegations of voter fraud.

President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE’s campaign and Republican allies have stated numerous times that the 2020 election was tainted by widespread voter fraud. However, U.S. election officials as well as former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event MORE have stated that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. 

Following the 2020 election, the president's campaign and some GOP lawmakers launched legal battles in several battleground states, but the majority of them have been unsuccessful. 

"Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states," the GOP senators said. "Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed."

The 11 senators and senators-elect will join Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySchumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks Dems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee DHS chief 'horrified' by images at border MORE (R-Mo.), who has already said he will object to the Electoral College results because of concerns around allegations of voter fraud.

The challenge is almost guaranteed to fail in the Democratic-controlled House and in the Senate, where 48 Democrats and several Republicans are anticipated to come out against these efforts. 

Still, Democrats accused their GOP counterparts of attempting to undermine the democratic process. 

"'I did sedition because I was up for re-election' is a helluva thing to explain to your grandkids," tweeted Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzPanic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda Hotel workers need a lifeline; It's time to pass The Save Hotel Jobs Act Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Scientists potty train cows to cut pollution MORE (D-Hawaii).

“It is a sad and tragic day for our country that 140 members of the House of Representatives, 13 senators and a defeated president are attempting to undermine American democracy and our Constitution,” Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks Progressives seething over Biden's migrant policies MORE (I-Vt.) added. “They will not succeed.”

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Members of Republican leadership such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHow the Democratic Party's campaign strategy is failing America GOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis MORE (Ky.) and Senate Majority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSchumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B GOP warns McConnell won't blink on debt cliff MORE (S.D.) have urged their colleagues to refrain from challenging the Electoral College results. 

Following the news from his Republican colleagues, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer tweeted, "Joe Biden and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden, Harris push big lie about Border Patrol Two 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report MORE will be President and Vice President of the United States in 18 days."