Last Updated on December 21, 2020
In an interview with Newsmax’s Greg Kelly, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said that he does not intend to join the January 6 Electoral College fight led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), and endorsed by President Donald Trump, because over a month after the election he still needs “to see what the evidence is.”
Nunes first discussed the large number of election irregularities that have been reported in the media since the November 3 election, and seemed to agree that the election was stolen. However, Nunes attempted to shift blame to the Supreme Court for refusing to hear the Texas lawsuit that would have required contested states to submit their Electoral College votes through the legislature.
“I think the Supreme Court should have heard this, I don’t know if they can overturn what some states have already decided, but they could have a landmark decision that could spur action across the country,” said Nunes.
After Nunes noted the failure or unwillingness of the American court system to even hear cases regarding the November 3, Kelly asked about the upcoming Electoral College challenge.
Oddly, Nunes seemed to respond that the Electoral College challenge could not happen until courts were willing to hear cases, which according to Nunes, does not seem likely to happen.
“Unless there’s evidence in the court, I’m not sure of that.” Nunes said, “We need to see what the evidence is. We need to be able to present it. We need to be able to present it to the American public.”
This comes as a growing number of U.S. Representatives have joined Brooks’ coalition, with the most recent being Rep. Matt Gaetz over the weekend. Gaetz also announced that, after speaking with Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, he expects him to be the first U.S. Senator to join the January 6 challenge.
On January 6, Brooks intends to challenge the Electoral College votes from battleground states with allegations of widespread voter fraud. If a sitting Senator backs Brooks’ challenge, then the joint session of Congress will break and deliberate. Should the Republican-controlled Senate and Democrat-controlled House disagree, Vice President Mike Pence will theoretically be able to cast a tie breaking vote.