U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) announced Wednesday that he will support an objection to the Electoral College certification on January 6 of next year to determine who next occupies the White House.
Green announced this in a press release that he published on his website.
“Over the last two months, I’ve heard from countless constituents who have no confidence in the outcome of the presidential election in certain states. And who can blame them? I tried to sound the alarms for nearly a year in House Homeland Security Committee and Oversight Committee hearings that the increase in mail-in balloting and last-minute changes to election laws could lead to confusion, fraud, and distrust. Sadly, those warnings were not heeded,” Green wrote.
“On January 6, 2021, Congress will receive and certify the Electoral College results. Congressman Mo Brooks and Senator Josh Hawley are filing objections to certain states’ electors, which will force the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to examine and debate the evidence from each state.”
The Tennessee Star reached out Wednesday to all of the people who represent Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as U.S. Rep.-Elect Diana Harshbarger.
Harshbarger is scheduled to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN-01).
Harshbarger spokesman Zac Rutherford said in an emailed response that “we will be challenging them [the results] as well.”
Richard Vaughn, spokesman for U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04), emailed the following statement:
“Congressman DesJarlais has been long engaged with the Trump campaign and also has concerns about the conduct and transparency of many of the electoral processes in the most recent election,” Vaughn said.
“An overwhelming number of people in Tennessee’s Fourth District have asked for a full debate and vote, and the Congressman believes that it is worthy of discussion and debate by the House before a vote on certification. He has agreed to join the effort.”
Staff for all of the other sitting congressmen did not return The Star’s requests for comment before Wednesday’s stated deadline.
Green, in his press release, said that “Congressional Democrats have set the precedent for objecting to the certification of certain states’ Electoral College results.”
“In 2005, then-Senator Barbara Boxer became the only Senator in recent history to join a Member of the House in filing an objection, to draw attention to election laws that, in her view, needed reform,” Green said.
“I believe there’s nothing more important than giving the American people confidence in our election system. While I do share serious concerns about Congress’ Constitutional role in our federalist system of government, if nothing was out of line, what reason do we have to oppose such a motion, so the entire nation can see the evidence presented clearly and make a determination on their own?”
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