In a statement he released on Wednesday, Hawley acknowledged the right Democrats had to challenge the certification of electoral votes in previous elections on the basis of election integrity.
“Following both the 2004 and 2016 elections, Democrats in Congress objected during the certification of electoral votes in order to raise concerns about election integrity,” Hawley wrote.
He added, “They were praised by Democratic leadership and the media when they did. And they were entitled to do so. But now those of us concerned about the integrity of this election are entitled to do the same.”
Hawley expressed his frustration with how some states conducted the election.
“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws,” Hawley said.
He continued, “And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act.”
Millions of voters concerned about election integrity deserve to be heard. I will object on January 6 on their behalf pic.twitter.com/kTaaPPJGHE— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) December 30, 2020
According to The New York Times, a group of House Republicans and Trump allies are planning to object to the electoral results.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is spearheading the effort and has his sights set on five states including, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia and Wisconsin.
“We have a superior role under the Constitution than the Supreme Court does, than any federal court judge does, than any state court judge does,” Brooks said.
He continued, “What we say, goes. That’s the final verdict.”
President Donald Trump’s allegations of widespread voter fraud remain unproven.