Rep. Jordan: 'Only One Remedy Left' to Check Electoral 'End-Run' Around State Legislatures

Susan Jones | January 6, 2021 | 7:23am EST
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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is among the most reliably conservative members of the House of Representatives. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is among the most reliably conservative members of the House of Representatives. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is among the Republicans who will object to congressional certification of the Electoral College vote in six swing states today, because he says it's the only remedy left to correct those states' "end-run" around their legislatures.

"You have to have the debate tomorrow. That's what we're going to do," Jordan told Fox News's Laura Ingraham. "We're going to object to several states. We hope the senators join us in all six, but we know they're going to join us in three (Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona).

Jordan said the swing states in question improperly changed their election laws.

"We know that happened," he said:

You had state supreme courts, you had governors, you had secretaries of states, in some cases you had county clerks changing -- unilaterally changing the election law in an unconstitutional fashion because the Constitution is very clear --it's the legislature that sets the time, manner, and place of elections.

So when that happens, there is only one remedy left -- it is for the United States Congress to do their duty. And that's what I plan to do tomorrow and so do several others. I think hundreds of my colleagues tomorrow -- we hope it's a majority -- so that we can actually then have the United States Congress have the final say on this.

Jordan noted that Democrats have done this previously, even when there wasn't an end-run around state legislatures: "Every time there's been a Republican president elected since 2000, the Democrats have tried this when there was no basis. So of course they're going to keep doing it," he said.

The reason we're doing it is because the Constitution was not followed. Understand what happened here, Laura. First they went after the president with the crazy Russia investigation before he was elected the first time in July of '16. Then it was the Mueller investigation, and there was nothing there. Then it was the impeachment hoax, nothing there.

None of that stuff worked, so they said, you know what we have to do? We have to change election law so we can win the election in 2020. They'll do anything to make sure he's not president.

But they couldn't change the election law in the normal way because the state legislatures were controlled by Republicans, so they couldn't put all their crazy rules in place so they had to do an end run. They went to partisan Supreme Court, they went to secretary of states who were partisan.

In Pennsylvania, some counties allowed voters to fix their ballots, other counties didn't. You can imagine which counties allowed that. Totally against the election law. So when that kind of thing happens, we have a duty, we have an obligation as the final check and balance in this process to stand up for the Constitution and to stand up for the president.

Congress will convene in a joint session at 1 p.m. today to count the Electoral College votes -- 306 for Biden, 232 for Trump, according to state certified results.

Vice President Mike Pence will preside, opening the sealed envelopes and handing them to appointed lawmakers to read.

Objections to electors from swing states must be expressed in writing by at least one member of the House and one senator.

If that happens, as expected, each chamber will hold no more than two hours of debate, after which the Democrat-led House and Republican-led Senate will vote on upholding the objections. A simple majority is required for the objection to stand.

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