U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies have been trying to alter the election results on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations of massive electoral fraud.
Prior to the Electoral College certification process and the victory of President-elect Joe Biden, some Republican lawmakers planned to oppose the certificate in their final attempt to alter the results. U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies have been trying to alter the election results on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations of massive electoral fraud.
According to a CNN report, at least 140 Republicans are planning to vote against the January 6 vote count.
The Republican leader explains the motive
However, several Republican leaders, including McConnell, have been warning GOP colleagues not to disrupt the certification process. Republican Senate Ben Sasse wrote on Facebook that he had been urging his colleagues to reject the “dangerous tactic” of rigging the election. Sasse said he had not heard of any Congress Republican who secretly claimed the election results were fraudulent.
“Instead, I hear them talking about their worries about what they will look like” to the very strong supporters of President Trump, “he wrote.
Sasse explained that there are a number of aspiring politicians who think there is a quick way to “enter the presidency without doing real, long-term damage.” He warned that Trump and his allies were “playing with fire”, adding that the president and his “hot Congress members” had no evidence of voter fraud.
While such efforts are unlikely to succeed, they may continue to delay certification for a few hours, affecting the already delayed change. Earlier, Biden had appointed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), accusing the office of obstructing incumbents’ efforts to run for president.
Trump’s budget manager Russell Vought said the Biden reform team had been making “false allegations” about the Office of Administration and Budget. In a letter to Biden transformation manager Ted Kaufman, Vought said OMB was fully involved in the transformation efforts, including more than 45 meetings. He also added that redirecting staff and resources for writing “your team’s budget proposals is not the responsibility of OMB change.”
“The OMB will not play a role in formulating policies that will undermine border security, end the President’s success in repealing laws, and draft budgets that will exclude the United States,” the letter read.