Pence’s participation in the meeting is important because he will preside over a joint session of Congress that will count the electoral votes for that day. Brooks said Pence attended “various parts” of the meeting.
Brooks told CNN on Monday night that they would try to challenge the election in at least six battleground states, adding that they needed to coordinate in the form of “72” five-minute speeches that the G.O.P. Lawmakers will do that day. “It’s an important task,” he said.
The effort is doomed to fail, but a spectacle will be created which the leader of the Senate GOP wants to avoid. And if a House member and a senator object to the results in six states, it will cause at least 12 hours of debate, in addition to the time it takes to vote on each of the motions, possibly prolonging the fight until the next day To pull.
The White House meeting, Brooks said, discussed “how bad voter fraud and election theft was” in November, although such claims have been rejected by election officials and courts around the country.
Brooks said the meeting was attended by a “double-digit” number of lawmakers, but he would not say whether the senators were part of the meeting. Brooks said the group held a separate meeting with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. And the Alabama Congress also said they looked into the White House Sydney Powell, the attorney whose conspiracies about the election have prompted Trump’s interest. But, he said, they did not meet with him.
Other GOP lawmakers have also confirmed their presence at the meeting, including Arizona Representative Paul Gosar, who told CNN: “We talked about a lot of things.”
Texas representative, Trump defender, Louis Gohart said this, when asked if Trump had urged him to object to the meeting’s election results: “He didn’t urge anything, he didn’t need it, I was planning. Have been. Objection with everyone. “
Representative Jody Hais of the Georgia Republican who attended the meeting tweeted, “I will raise an objection to Georgia’s electors on January 6.”
Sources told CNN that other members, including Ohio Rapid Jim Jordan, were present there, a key aide to the president who was urging them to continue fighting.
While House conservatives have no chance of succeeding, it would put many Republicans in a strange place. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and his top lieutenants have urged senators not to join the House conservatives because they would then be forced to cast a vote that would make them choose between Trump and the voters’ will.
But many senators have refused to join the effort, including Josh Hawley of Sensors and Rand Paul of Kentucky. And Trump has expressed appreciation over Alabama’s incoming senator, Tommy Tuberville, for signaling that he would object to the results.
“January 6 seems a long way away yet,” Marshall told CNN if he would join the effort.
In a joint session, any member of Congress can object to the state’s results. All are members of a House and a senator to challenge the electors of a state, and the House and Senate are required to hold a joint session for two hours to separately discuss the matter and contest the state’s election. Results have to be excluded.
“In a general sense, what it looks like we’re presiding, it looks like we’re going to file valid objections to the number of states on January 6,” Brooks said. “And we’ve probably known for some time on January 7, after all the speeches and votes, what the electoral college returns are.”
Brooks said no one under the leadership of the House GOP has discouraged him from taking these steps, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who has yet to formally recognize Biden as McDonnell’s president-elect Has not given On a GOP conference call last week, McCarthy was asked about the January 6 meeting, but he brushed aside the question to focus on the Kovid-19 relief talks, participants said.
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the House minority whip, also did not accept Biden’s victory. And when asked by CNN if House members should challenge the election results on 6 January, Scalase did not discourage them from doing so. Instead, he described how objections were lodged during the George W. Bush victory, as well as the 2016 Trump presidency.
But in those previous races, the defeated presidential candidates had already won – while Trump actively lost the election.
“If any of the Republicans have done this, this is clearly not the first time they have done this,” Scalise said on Monday. “In the last three words every Republican president has been objected to by Democrats.”
Ali Main of CNN contributed to this report.