Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., hinted that he might join a House Republican’s effort to challenge the Electoral College’s vote by pointing to several examples of voter fraud allegations and insisting that “the election in many ways was stolen.”
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., plans to challenge the Electoral College’s decision to elect Democratic candidate Joe Biden when Congress convenes on Jan. 6 to certify the results. However, he needs at least one Republican senator to join his effort for it to move forward.
No one in the Senate GOP has come forward in support of Brooks’s challenge, in part because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., directly discouraged his members from doing so.
Paul, however, might break away from McConnell if his recent comments are any indication.
During a Senate hearing addressing election irregularities, Paul slammed several states for changing their election laws and making their election processes more susceptible to voter fraud.
“The fraud happened. The election in many ways was stolen, and the only way it will be fixed is by in the future reinforcing the laws,” he said.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 16, 2020
When asked if he plans to join Brooks’s Electoral College challenge, Paul said he has not “made any plans to do anything.”
Asked Rand Paul whether he might object to a state’s election results on Jan. 6, and he said: “I haven’t thought about it, or made any plans to do anything.”
On McConnell urging the conference yesterday not to object, Paul says: “I wasn’t part of that phone call.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 16, 2020