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Jon Ward Senior Political Correspondent——YAHOO NEWS
Republican lawmakers remained largely silent about President Trump’s attempts to throw out November’s election results and remain in power via antidemocratic means, even as the president met with Republican leaders of the Michigan Legislature in an apparent pressure campaign to overturn the results in that state.
Yahoo News has asked all 53 Republican members of the U.S. Senate to comment, four different times over the past week, on the president’s actions and those of his legal team. Most recently on Friday morning, we asked them all to respond to remarks Thursday by a member of Trump’s legal team, who called for all votes “in swing states” that Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won to be thrown out and given to Trump instead.
“The entire election, frankly, in all the swing states should be overturned and the legislatures should make sure that the electors are selected for Trump,” Trump lawyer Sidney Powell said on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” on Fox Business.
Only two Republicans out of that group of 53 — Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska — have stated the truth this week: that there is no evidence of any significant cheating or fraud, and that the president is, as Romney put it, attempting to “subvert the will of the people and overturn the election.”
“It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President,” Romney said in a statement.
When asked for comment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had no plans to speak out against the president’s actions, preferring to stand by his remarks earlier in the week that the certification process will play out, and that “the Electoral College will meet in December, and the inauguration will be on January 20.”
When a state certifies its result, it indicates that it has finished counting all votes and conducted its postelection analysis to confirm the result, and this is a legal step that then leads to representatives being named who will represent the state in the Electoral College. Michigan and Pennsylvania are set to certify on Monday. At least a dozen other states have already done so.
Georgia is the first close swing state set to certify its election, and yet on Friday afternoon there was still suspense about whether it would do so by the 5 p.m. deadline. The Republican secretary of state completed a recount of the vote, found no fraud, and his office issued a notice that the result had been certified, with Biden winning the state by just over 12,000 votes. But then that notice was retracted, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, called a press conferencefor 5 p.m., where he did announce the state’s certification of Biden’s win.