He said: “The president and his allies are playing with fire. They are asking – first the courts, then the state legislatures, now the Congress – to reverse the results of a presidential election. They have unsuccessfully called judges. Now the federal Call on officeholders to invalidate millions and crores of votes. If you make big claims, you had better evidence. But the President does not condone institutional arson members of Congress nor object to the Electoral College vote. will do. “
“When we talk in private, I haven’t heard a single Congress Republican say that the election results were fraudulent – not one,” Sasse wrote. “Instead, I hear them talking about their concerns about how ‘they’ will see President Trump’s most ardent supporters.”
Hawley is the first senator to announce plans for objecting to the results, which is important because both a House member and a senator are required to file an objection when Congress counts the Electoral College votes on 6 January.
The objection will not change the outcome of the election, and will delay the inevitable confirmation of Biden’s victory over Trump in November. Democrats would reject any objection in the House, and several Republican senators have argued against an objection that would provide a platform for Trump’s baseless conspiracy theories that claim the election was stolen from him.
In his Facebook post, Sasse attacked Trump’s conspiracies – drawing on failed lawsuits by the Trump campaign in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia – and wrote that the president’s lawsuits were a “fundraising strategy”.
“This is not serious governance. This is bogey politics – and it shows little respect for the honest people in my state who are writing these checks,” Sasse wrote.
Sasse concludes her lengthy explanation with a discussion of what she feels at the moment to be protecting America’s institutions.
“Let’s clarify what’s going on here: We have a group of aspiring politicians who think there’s a quick way to tap into the president’s populist base without doing any real, long-term harm. But they’re wrong – and that’s The issue is. Greater than one’s personal ambitions, “Sasse wrote.
The lawsuit – filed by Trump Attorney General Ken Paxton, a staunch Trump aide – sought to sue Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin, all of which went to Biden, invalidating his election results.
Trump is now eyeing certification of results by Congress next week as it is his next opportunity to reverse the result, but the process – even if it is objected to by members of Congress over the results of the states – inevitably coincides with Biden’s accession Will be eliminated. White House on 20 January.
This story has been updated with additional background information.
CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Phil Mattingly, Lauren Fox and Joan Biskopic contributed to this report.