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Hice to Newsmax TV: McConnell Should Tell Senators to 'Get on Board' With Election Challenge

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Tuesday, 22 December 2020 07:08 PM

Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., who has said he plans to lead the challenge of his state's electors when Congress meets in joint session on Jan. 6, tells Newsmax TV he disagrees with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's directive to Republicans not to join the effort, saying the party needs to fight for free and fair elections.

"I think it's totally inappropriate for Mitch McConnell trying to walk away from this," Hice said Tuesday on "Spicer & Co." "If we lose that integrity of the ballot box, we will ultimately lose our country, so he needs to be in the battle with us. He needs to be encouraging senators to get on board with this."

Hice met with President Donald Trump and other Republicans in the White House on Tuesday about plans to overturn the presidential election by challenging state electors in disputed states. He admitted to host Sean Spicer that the plan is a longshot, but said it is worth the effort.

"The president's very energetic. He is laser focused, as are many of us who were there in the room," Hice said, adding that everyone in the meeting is convinced the election was "filled with fraud, and we have got to get to the bottom of it."

Courts have not looked at the evidence, but he said that it will be presented in the process on Jan. 6. Though no senators have said for certain they will join the effort, several have indicated willingness, and Hice said he's assured they'll have someone on board.

At least one member of the Senate and one from the House must object to a set of electors before debate can take place.

Hice said each state will be called alphabetically, and when a state, such as Arizona, where a challenge is planned, comes up, the House and Senate would each then dismiss to their respective chambers for two hours of debate, where Republicans would then make their case. After that, votes would be taken by state delegation, not member-by-member, and if enough votes were were cast to overturn the election results, then an alternate slate of electors would be accepted and Trump would be awarded the state instead of Democrat Joe Biden.

In the Electoral College vote on Dec. 14, Biden won 306 votes to Trump's 232, meaning Trump would need to overturn several states to reach the 270 needed to win.

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Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., who has said he plans to lead the challenge of his state's electors when Congress meets in joint session on Jan. 6, tells Newsmax TV he disagrees with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's directive to Republicans not to join the effort.
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