Last Updated on December 15, 2020
Despite ongoing discussion in Capitol Hill about the potential of several states being tossed out, leading to a contingent election, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has publicly shied away from President Donald Trump’s fight for election integrity and has instead appeared to align himself with Joe Biden.
In a video on the Senate floor, McConnell said “Americans voted in this year’s general election. Legal and Constitutional processes have continued to play out since then.”
“As of this morning, our country has officially a president-elect, and a vice-president elect,” said McConnell.
Glaringly, McConnell did not mention any of the ongoing election contests or lawsuits, or the several states that sent an alternate slate of Trump presidential electors to the Electoral College.
Instead, McConnell praised the “processes” in the American “system of government” for working correctly, even as widespread outrage over Dominion Voting Systems voting machines continues and the Arizona Senate has announced subpoenas for Dominion Voting Systems machines.
“Our system of government has processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20, the Electoral College has spoken.” McConnell added, “So today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.”
McConnell also congratulated Kamala Harris, who he noted would be the first female vice president.
This comes even as National File can confirm several members of the U.S. House and Senate are reviewing the legal arguments made by Constitutional lawyer Ivan Raiklin and others, who say that Vice President Mike Pence and the GOP-led Senate have the ability to review evidence of voter fraud in battleground states and potentially toss their Electoral College votes, with Pence breaking the inevitable tie between the House and Senate.
If Pence and the McConnell-led Senate were disqualify enough votes for both candidates to fall below 270, the presidential election would fall into a contingent election, wherein the U.S. House would elect the next president based on a quorum of states. In other words, despite some states sending several Representatives to the U.S. House, each state would have one vote for the purposes of electing the next President.
Should Republican Senators and Pence choose to defend President Trump, this would likely result in President Trump being reelected with a total of 27 votes in the House, and Pence being reelected with a 52-48 vote in the Senate.