On Sunday, Senator Lindsey Graham pushed back against an effort to contest the results of the presidential election by GOP senators and senators-elect.
Graham, who is one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies said the effort is an unrealistic “political dodge.”
Senator Ted Cruz (Texas) is leading a group of eleven GOP senators that request a commission to be set up to investigate the election results.
They joined Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) in saying they would contest the results of the election.
“Proposing a commission at this late date — which has zero chance of becoming reality — is not effectively fighting for President Trump. It appears to be more of a political dodge than an effective remedy,” Graham tweeted Sunday along with a Fox News article about the effort by Cruz and others to set up an electoral commission to audit vote results in disputed states.
Proposing a commission at this late date – which has zero chance of becoming reality – is not effectively fighting for President Trump.
It appears to be more of a political dodge than an effective remedy. https://t.co/4bIT1J36cL
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 3, 2021
From The Hill:
Graham tweeted that he looks forward to hearing the objections of Cruz, Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and others but warned, “they will need to provide proof of the charges they are making.”
In a follow-up statement circulated to the media, Graham said his colleagues will have to “provide clear and convincing evidence that the failure to act — in both the state and federal courts and the states legislatures which investigated these claims — was made in error.’
He also said that GOP colleagues challenging electoral votes need to show that “the failure to take corrective action and addressing election fraud changed the outcome of these states’ votes and ultimately the outcome of the election.”
“They have a high bar to clear,” he added.