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Sen. Scott opposes effort to overturn presidential election in favor of Trump

Updated: Jan. 5, 2021 at 7:28 PM EST
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WASHINGTON D.C. (WIS) - While many Republican lawmakers plan to object to the results of the 2020 Presidential Election, one Republican senator is not going along with the movement.

On Tuesday, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott issued a statement noting he would not oppose the results of the Electoral College victory by President-elect Joe Biden.

“I am, and will forever be, open, interested, and desirous to see any new and credible evidence,” Scott said in a statement released on Tuesday. “Our Constitution is a magnificent document - and this is coming from a man who was not even fully counted as a man in the original version. It has stood the test of World Wars, a Civil War, the Great Depression, and presidential assassinations. The Constitution allows for the confrontation of witnesses, the cross-examination of evidence, the peaceful transfer of power, and the role Congress plays in federal elections. And it is the document I have sworn allegiance to and still do.

“As I read the Constitution, there is no constitutionally viable means for the Congress to overturn an election wherein the states have certified and sent their Electors. Some of my colleagues believe they have found a path, and while our opinions differ, I do not doubt their good intentions to take steps towards stamping out voter fraud. Importantly, I disagree with their method both in principle and in practice. For their theory to work, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats would have to elect Donald Trump president rather than Joe Biden. That is not going to happen, not today or any other day.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham noted that his colleagues would have to find a way to effectively make their case to overturn the Electoral College results.

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley became the first lawmaker in Congress to announce he would raise objections regarding Biden’s Electoral College win.

Since then, other GOP senators have joined Hawley in announcing they would oppose the results.

The Senate and the House of Representatives will read the results aloud and have an official count of the Electoral College votes during a session that starts at 1 p.m.

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