Before Hawley’s statement, all eyes were on Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Who had shown willingness to support a challenge to Biden’s victory. Trump had praised Tuberville and called other Republicans “weak”, threatening to end the political career of Sen. John Thune (RS.D.), who told reporters any challenge was doomed to ‘failure.
The traditional rules of the January 6 session – a joint meeting of the House and Senate – require that a single member of the House and a Senator come together to file a challenge. If this is the case, the sections should separate and discuss the challenge before resuming the joint session.
Dozens of House Republicans have already pledged to challenge the results, but had yet to garner unequivocal support from a senator.
The rules governing these challenges are due to be adopted on January 3. But at least some Republicans have endorsed a legal effort to scrap the rules entirely and empower Vice President Mike Pence, who will chair the session, to unilaterally present voter support. Asset.
House Democrats contested the 2000, 2004 and 2016 election results, but it wasn’t until after the 2004 election that a senator – Barbara Boxer of California – joined in the challenge. That year, Democrats opposed Ohio election votes, which forced a two-hour debate and were ultimately defeated by a wide margin.