On January 6, a number of Republican lawmakers and at least a dozen Republican senators will formally object to Congress’ certification of Electoral College votes for a number of battleground states where widespread voter fraud is alleged by President Donald Trump to have occurred.
According to Fox News, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) will join in on the election challenge, but recently expressed disappointment over the U.S. Supreme Court not taking up one of the numerous election fraud-related cases presented to them over the past two months, suggesting that it would have been a much better venue to determine outcomes.
“I wish the court had taken one or both of those cases,” Cruz said during a Sunday Fox News appearance. “I think the Supreme Court would be a better forum for resolving those issues. That obviously was the forum which resolved issues similarly in 2000 in Bush v. Gore.”
Cruz, as part of the 11-strong group of GOP senators who will be opposing Congress on Wednesday with concern to Electoral College votes, demanded that Congress order an emergency audit of the results in contested states, even going as far as citing precedent for such actions based on the 1876 presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden.
“What they did instead is they appointed a commission, called an electoral commission, consisted of five house members, five senators, five Supreme Court justices. They considered evidence, they examined the ballots and they made a determination based upon what the disputed ballots and what the outcomes should be,” Cruz explained.
The Texas senator then warned of how volatile the situation has become, claiming that a number of his Democratic colleagues in Congress have already accused him of treason and demanded his arrest for taking part in the rare election challenge.
“That’s not helpful at a time when … we’re pitted against each other. Just relax and let’s do our jobs,” Cruz said of the criticism.
Joining Cruz on the Senate front are other high-profile names like Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-AL). Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley was the first sitting member of the upper chamber to agree to join House lawmakers in the fight, although he will challenge the results separately from his Senate colleagues.
Needless to say, this will likely be one unforgettable week on Capitol Hill, for many reasons.