Last Updated on December 22, 2020
Sources in direct contact with the Trump legal team have confirmed to National File that Alabama Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville intends to back fellow Alabamian Rep. Mo Brooks’ planned Electoral College challenge, but stress that Tuberville does not intend to announce this publicly.
After a week of conflicting reports about whether Tuberville would challenge the Electoral College votes from contested states during the January 6 joint session of Congress, National File’s sources confirm that Tuberville is expected to join the challenge on January 6.
While our sources say that Tuberville has made his final decision on the topic, and will join the fight, he will not confirm this publicly, likely for fear of reprisal from Republican leadership or the media.
Additionally, Tuberville is asking Alabama politicians not to say publicly that Tuberville will back the Electoral College fight, or that Tuberville is backing it publicly.
This comes after a series of developments surrounding Tuberville that had many wondering his true stance on the upcoming January 6 showdown.
Yesterday, President Donald Trump revealed that he spoke to Tuberville by phone, and indicated he is optimistic about the January 6 battle.
President Donald Trump confirmed this week that he has spoken via telephone with Alabama Sen.-elect Tommy Tuberville, and appeared to be feeling optimistic about Tuberville’s willingness to contest the electoral college results of the 2020 election on Jan. 6.
“I spoke to a great gentleman, Tommy Tuberville, last night, and he was so excited. He said, ‘You made me the most popular politician in the United States,’” Trump stated during an appearance on New York Radio station 770 WABC. “He said, ‘I can’t believe it.’ He’s great. Great senator.”
Previously, Tuberville publicly indicated he would join Brooks’ challenge when he told reporters that the Senate would need to reproduce Brooks’ coalition. Then, Tuberville seemed to cast doubt on his previous statement when he told local media that had not yet reached a decision and would likely need until after Christmas.
After this, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) announced that he would join Brooks in the House, and relayed that he spoke to Tuberville, who Gaetz says confirmed he would join in the Senate.
This latest development comes as more Republicans in the House are publicly joining the planned Electoral College challenge on January 6.