During an interview on Fox News this Monday, host Bret Baier pushed back against Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) regarding his plan to challenge slates of electors from a handful of swing states “to raise the concerns that my constituents have” about the 2020 presidential election.
“They want an investigation into these irregularities. They want new election laws to make sure that our elections are secure going forward,” Hawley said. “This is my chance to stand up and speak for them. And somebody has got to take their concerns seriously and speak up. And that’s what I’m going to do.”
“I just want to pin you down on on what you’re trying to do,” Baier later said to Hawley. “Are you trying to say that, as of January 20th, that President Trump will be president?”
“Well, that depends on what happens on Wednesday,” Hawley replied. “I mean, this is why we have the debate.”
“No, it doesn’t,” Baier fired back. “I mean, the states, by the Constitution … they certify the election. They did certify it. By the Constitution, Congress doesn’t have the right to overturn the certification, at least as most experts read it.”
Hawley said at one point in the interview that “this is my only opportunity during this process to raise an objection and to be heard. I don’t have standing to file lawsuits. I’m not a prosecutor anymore … I can investigate claims of voter fraud on my own, but I do have a responsibility, in this joint session of Congress to either say ‘I’ve got no problem with it’ or ‘I do have a problem with it.'”
“Don’t you have the responsibility to your constituents? Don’t you have a responsibility to tell them that it’s not going to be President Trump as of January 21st as well?” asked Baier.
“What I’m trying to do something more than just that,” Hawley said. “I mean, this is about the integrity of our elections and this is about taking a stand where you can take a stand.”
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