With the Electoral College confirming Joe Biden’s win earlier this month, the Trump team is running out of time to prove to the courts that the election was riddled with fraud.
Their next major attempt: January 6th.
The next attempt to contest the results of the 2020 presidency will be held on the next joint session of Congress where Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz said he will “object to electors from states that didn’t run clean elections.”
This process is a legal option available to members of Congress to force debate on an issue.
Should Gaetz succeed, the chambers will be called to withdraw from the joint session, to convene in their respective chambers, and debate the merits of the objection.
The Epoch Times reports:
Objections during the joint session must be made in writing by at least one House member and senator. If the objection meets requirements, the joint session pauses and each house withdraws to their own chamber to debate the question for a maximum of two hours. The House and Senate will then vote separately to accept or reject the objection, which requires a majority vote from both chambers.
If one chamber accepts and the other rejects, then according to federal law the “the votes of the electors whose appointment shall have been certified by the executive of the State, under the seal thereof, shall be counted.”
Several Republican senators have not ruled out the possibility of objection but have said that they would first monitor the developments regarding claims of voter fraud. Meanwhile, newly elected Alabama senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) has previously suggested that he may join the planned objection by members of the House of Representatives.
According to the report, both chambers would have to agree to the objection to overturn the results so the option is a bit of a Hail Mary for Republican lawmakers.
“The odds may be tough, it may be fourth and long but we’re going for it on January 6,” Gaetz admitted.
Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu similarly said the objection was not likely to advance.
“Under the law, both the House and Senate would need to agree to object to the real electors and accept the fake electors,” he said on Twitter. “There is 0.00 chance the House reverses the election.”
Should this effort fail, the federal government is expected to proceed with Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.