House Dems' Last-Ditch Effort To Derail Trump Fails
- Author: Annette Adams Jan 09, 2017,
Jan 09, 2017, 0:37
Jackson Lee, who sits on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, said she and her staff has seen research alleging up to 50 members of the Electoral College might have improperly cast their votes on December 19, and she believes there is merit to it.
Trump will be officially sworn in January 20.
The president-elect will kick off his official inaugural events on Thursday, Jan. 19 with a wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery followed by a "Make America Great Again!"
Jayapal, a first-term lawmaker who was sworn in Tuesday, said she wasn't upset that Biden had shut down her objections. She said, "That's why people have some level of dismay today on the vote. about the Electoral College". The certification came despite objections from House Democrats, who have vocally opposed the incoming president.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., rose to ask one final time if a single senator would join in the objections.
"Well, it is over", the vice president said, to loud cheers and applause from Republican lawmakers. "There is no debate", Biden told Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, long a loud presence on the House floor.
At one point early in the certification process, Biden repeatedly slammed his gavel as freshman Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., continued to try to explain her reasons for protesting the result, eventually declaring: "It is over". A group of independent attorneys that researched the results claims at least 50 electoral votes are invalid because they were cast by dual office holders or electors who don't live in the congressional district they were representing.
Trump won even though Clinton received almost 2.9 million more votes.
Even if a bicameral objection to Trump's election is raised, it stands no chance of passing a Republican Congress.
"The real question was about the principles of Democracy and the sacredness of the vote and the very high calling of a presidential election", Lee said. We can not allow a foreign nation to ever influence our elections because it harms our liberty, freedom and independence. The Republican Party's ongoing state-level efforts to police the polls to discourage voting in communities of color; the deepening revelations of involvement of Russian spy agencies in assisting the Trump campaign and attacking a range of Democratic candidates; and the apparently illegal seating of dozens of Trump presidential electors all add up to the illegitimitacy of Trump's presidency. Clinton lost four Democratic electors in Washington state and one in Hawaii. We're never going to become complacent.