Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) on Monday announced her plan to object to the Electoral College certification process this week that will ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. The joint session of Congress is scheduled a day after the Georgia runoff elections on Tuesday that will determine the balance of the Senate.
In a statement on Monday, Loeffler said that she shares the “real concerns” of “the way in which the November Presidential election was conducted” before signaling her intent to challenge the electoral votes that cement Biden’s victory. Loeffler also declared her loyalty to President Trump — who’s come under fire following the leak of his unhinged call pressuring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes to overturn the battleground state’s election results.
“The American people deserve a platform in Congress, permitted under the Constitution, to have election issues presented so that they can be addressed,” Loeffler said. “That’s why, on January 6th, I will vote to give President Trump and the American people the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection to the Electoral College certification process.”
Loeffler said that she has already introduced legislation to “establish a commission to investigate election irregularities and recommend election integrity measures.”
Loeffler’s statement noted that she plans to “object on her own” and not as part of the GOP effort led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to object to the votes by the Electoral College ratifying Biden’s victory. Cruz and a group of 10 GOP lawmakers demand the appointment of a commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit, and to give individual states the chance to hold a special legislative session to certify or change its electoral votes.
Loeffler’s statement comes a day after she sidestepped a question asked by Fox News anchor Brett Baier about whether she plans to join some of her Republican colleagues in challenging the Electoral College vote this week if she wins her runoff election in Georgia the day before.
But Loeffler didn’t deny the possibility either as she doubled down on her assertion that “everything’s on the table,” insisted that she is “looking very very closely at it” and that she is “fighting for this president because he’s fought for us.”