Utah Republican Congressman-elect Burgess Owens is among a group of incoming House members who plan to back Rep. Mo Brooks’ effort to object to the certification of the presidential election results next week.
Owens joins other newly elected GOP lawmakers who support Brooks’ long-shot challenge to the Electoral College ballots from several states that President-elect Joe Biden won, according to Fox News.
A former NFL player, author and frequent Fox News guest, Owens defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams. Owens is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, who endorsed him and whose son, Donald Trump Jr., helped him raise campaign funds.
Owens has questioned the integrity of the presidential election and said the 2020 election is shedding light on longtime voter fraud.
In response to a question about whether he supports Brooks’ planned objection, Owens said in a statement that he’s focused on making sure elections are safe and secure.
“If irregularities exist, we should examine and provide solutions to make sure our electoral process is accurate and represents the will of the people,” he said. “Millions of Americans across this country are concerned about the electoral process and we do them a great disservice by merely ignoring their voices.”
No other members of Utah’s soon-to-be all-Republican congressional delegation plan to object when Congress convenes in a joint session to certify the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., announced Wednesday that he would object to the certification to highlight the failure of some states, including Pennsylvania, to follow their own election laws as well as “interference” by Big Tech companies in the election.
“At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act,” he said in a statement.
In a tweet shortly after Hawley’s announcement, Brooks, R-Ala., wrote, “BAM! The fight for America’s Republic IS ON!”
Brooks said in a statement Wednesday that too many states have “blatantly” violated the Constitution, federal election laws or their own state election laws, which opened the door to “massive” fraud.
“With a Senate co-sponsor now joining this fight, congressmen and senators will face an easy vote: You can either acquiesce to and support voter fraud and election theft, or you can stand and fight for an honest and accurate election system that is the underpinning of America’s Republic,” he said.
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