House Republicans Call for Investigation into 'Integrity' of 2020 Results
Top GOP House committees leaders demand hearings 'immediately'
Top House Republicans are calling for a full investigation into the "integrity" of the 2020 race and demand that hearings are held "immediately."
On Wednesday, leading GOP members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees demanded that Committee Chairs Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney launch congressional investigations into discrepancies in the presidential election.
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY) cited alleged "errors and misconduct" surrounding the election.
Jordan Comer penned a letter to Reps. Nadler (D-NY) and Maloney (D-NY), urging them to "examine the integrity of the 2020 election."
Jordan, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, and Comer, the top Republican on the Oversight Committee, called for the House to hold hearings "immediately" amid claims of “irregularities” and “improprieties” from President Donald Trump's campaign.
“We urge you to immediately convene hearings to examine the integrity of the 2020 election amid troubling reports of irregularities and improprieties,” the Republicans wrote.
“Given your role as leaders of a political party that spent four years baselessly calling into question the legitimacy of the 2016 election with debunked allegations of Russian collusion, you owe it to all Americans to fully examine allegations of actual election errors and misconduct,” they added, referring to the yearslong congressional investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the last election.
Jordan and Comer, in their letter, referred to a report they released in September, where they warned of last-minute changes to state election laws and procedures.
They called the changes “dangerous initiatives” and warned they would increase the risk for election-related crimes and errors and would “undermine the integrity of the electoral process” and “cause lingering uncertainty about the results of the election for several days or weeks after Election Day.”
“Democrats ignored this report, but many of our predictions have unfortunately come true,” they wrote.
Jordan and Comer also said that they warned “that because Democrats refuse to clean up outdated and inaccurate voter registration rolls, a last-minute move to widespread mail-in voting in some states would have unintended consequences.”
“These serious concerns give rise to the urgent need for congressional oversight of the integrity of the 2020 election,” they wrote.
“Our committees must conduct oversight hearings to ensure that Americans have faith in the integrity of our election.”
Jordan and Comer asked their Democratic colleagues to work with them to schedule hearings “as soon as possible.”
Nadler and Maloney did not reveale whether their respective committees will hold hearings to examine the 2020 election.
The call for congressional investigations into the integrity of the 2020 presidential election comes as the Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in a number of key battleground states, is waiting for a recount in Georgia, and has filed a petition for a recount in Wisconsin.
President Trump has not yet conceded, despite the media claiming that Joe Biden has garnered more than the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.
On Wednesday, the Trump campaign filed for a partial recount in Wisconsin claiming illegally-altered absentee ballots and illegal advice given by government officials allowed Wisconsin’s voter ID laws to be circumvented.
The campaign is spending $3 million for the petition for a recount in Milwaukee and Dane counties, claiming that the Wisconsin Elections Commission directed Wisconsin municipal clerks to “illegally alter incomplete absentee ballots contrary to Wisconsin law.”
In a new statement, the Trump campaign also said that clerks were instructed that they could “rely on their own ‘personal knowledge,’ or unspecified ‘lists or databases at his or her disposal’ to add missing information on returned absentee ballots.”
“The people of Wisconsin deserve to know whether their election processes worked in a legal and transparent way,” Jim Troupis, counsel to the Trump campaign, said in a statement.
"Regrettably, the integrity of the election results cannot be trusted without a recount in these two counties and uniform enforcement of Wisconsin absentee ballot requirements.
"We will not know the true results of the election until only the legal ballots cast are counted."
He added: “We will not stop fighting for transparency and integrity in our electoral process to ensure that all Americans can trust the results of a free and fair election in Wisconsin and across the country.”
Trump's campaign said that clerks wrongly added missing information on returned absentee ballots.
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in several battleground states where Biden appeared to lead by a razor-thin margin, including Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
The campaign has claimed instances of illegally counted votes after Election Day, and that poll watchers were blocked from observing counting.
Trump over the weekend announced that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, would be “spearheading the legal effort to defend our right to free and fair elections.”
He also announced that Joe diGenova, Victoria Toensing, attorney for Michael Flynn Sidney Powell, and Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis would also participate in the effort.