At least 140 Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning to vote against counting the electoral votes to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory, according to two congressman.
The certification will take place on January 6, and despite the numbers claimed to be planning to vote against, President Donald Trump's Republican allies have very little chance of overturning the 2020 election result.
Instead, they will likely just delay the inevitable affirmation of Biden as the winner of the Electoral College and the next President of the United States by a few hours.
Two Republicans in the House of Representative reportedly told CNN about the plot to vote against the certification of Biden.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell told fellow Senate Republicans that his vote to certify Joe Biden's election victory will be the 'most consequential' of his political career, a report claimed on Thursday.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The Majority Leader made the declaration in a conference call on Thursday morning, according to Axios, which spoke to one person who was on the call and two who were briefed on its contents.
Mitch McConnell told fellow Senate Republicans that his vote to certify Joe Biden's election victory will be the 'most consequential' of his political career on Thursday
'I'm finishing 36 years in the Senate and I've cast a lot of big votes,' one source paraphrased McConnell as saying. 'And in my view, just my view, this will be the most consequential I have ever cast.'
He referred to the vote as a 'vote of conscience', the source said, adding: 'The context was McConnell saying we're being asked to overturn the results after a guy didn't get as many electoral votes and lost by 7 million popular votes.'
The call came after Missouri Sen Josh Hawley voiced his support for the Trump-backed plan to object to certifying the Electoral College votes on Wednesday.
McConnell and two other senators reportedly asked Hawley to explain what he plans to do at the certification vote during the call, but Hawley was not present.
Hawley on Wednesday announced that he would file objections alongside a group of House Republicans when Vice President Mike Pence goes through the Electoral College vote tallies next week.
The process is a ceremonial one - with both a House member and a senator required to mount an objection. Hawley's objection will force lawmakers in both the House and the Senate to vote on whether to accept Biden's victory.
The change this year is that President Donald Trump, who has refused to concede the election to President-elect Biden, is backing the effort, which could hold up the announcement of the final results by hours, even days.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Missouri Sen Josh Hawley (pictured) on Wednesday voiced his support for a Trump-backed plan to object to certifying the Electoral College votes on January 6
Other lawmakers could join Hawley's effort to object to the certification, something McConnell has privately urged Republicans not to do, according to CNN.
The network reported more than a dozen Republican House members have publicly said they will support the attempt, including Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama, who's spearheading the effort, Jody Hice of Georgia, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Joe Wilson of South Carolina.
A further eight Pennsylvania law makers announced their intentions to join the effort in a joint statement on Thursday, while several incoming Republican House members have said they will object to the certification process.
Trump has been pressuring Congress to attempt to overturn the election result, despite having his campaign's efforts to overturn the election repeatedly denied by the courts.
The president has asked his supporters to come rally in Washington, DC, as he continues to tweet conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud.