Romney Condemns Republican Senators Who Are Calling for 10-Day Audit of Election Returns in Disputed States

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 3, 2021 | 12:47pm EST
(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Mitt Romney (R.-Utah) issued a statement today condemning a group of Republican senators who on Saturday said they would not vote to accept the Electoral College votes from disputed states unless Congress appointed a special commission to audit the presidential election returns from those disputed states.

“The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic,” said Romney in his statement. “The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances. These are far from it.”

“President Trump’s lawyers made their case before scores of courts; in every instance, they failed,” said Romney.

“The Justice Department found no evidence of irregularity sufficient to overturn the election,” he said. “The Presidential Voter Fraud Commission disbanded without finding such evidence.

“My fellow Senator Ted Cruz and the co-signers of his statement argue that rejection of electors or an election audit directed by Congress would restore trust in the election. Nonsense,” said Romney.

“Adding to this ill-conceived endeavor by some in Congress is the President’s call for his supporters to come to the Capitol on the day when this matter is to be debated and decided,” said Romney. “This has the predictable potential to lead to disruption, and worse.

“I could never have imagined seeing these things in the greatest democracy in the world. Has ambition so eclipsed principle?” said Romney.

On Saturday, seven senators and four senators-elect issued a statement saying that a 10-day audit of the returns in disputed states would “dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process.”

The seven senators included Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.). The four senators-elect are Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.).

“Congress should immediately appoint an Electoral Commission, with full investigatory and fact-finding authority, to conduct an emergency 10-day audit of the election returns in the disputed states,” they said in a statement released Saturday.

“Once completed, individual states would evaluate the Commission’s findings and could convene a special legislative session to certify a change in their vote, if needed,” they said.

“Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed,” they said.

“We are not naïve,” said the group of eleven. “We fully expect most if not all Democrats, and perhaps more than a few Republicans, to vote otherwise. But support of election integrity should not be a partisan issue. A fair and credible audit—conducted expeditiously and completed well before January 20—would dramatically improve Americans’ faith in our electoral process and would significantly enhance the legitimacy of whoever becomes our next President.  We owe that to the People.”

On Feb. 5, 2020, Romney was the only Republican to vote for either of the two Articles of Impeachment brought up against President Donald Trump. Romney of Article 1, which accused Trump of “abuse of power.”  The article failed by a vote of 47 to 53. Romney joined with other Republicans in voting against Article II, which accused Trump of obstructing of Congress. It failed by a vote of 48 to 52.

Before becoming a senator from Utah, Romney ran for the Senate in Massachusetts in 1994—against incumbent Sen. Ted Kennedy. Romney ran that year as a pro-abortion Republican (as summarized in a 2012 report by ABC News) and lost. In 2002, Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts, again as a pro-abortion Republican. After he was elected governor, and before he ran for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney adopted a pro-life position.

In 2012, as the Republican presidential nominee, he lost to President Barack Obama.

Here is the full text of Romney’s statement going after the Republicans who want a 10-day audit of the election returns in disputed states:

"SALT LAKE CITY– U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released the following statement in response to an announcement that several Republican senators plan to oppose certification of the presidential election results:

“The egregious ploy to reject electors may enhance the political ambition of some, but dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic. The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances. These are far from it. More Americans participated in this election than ever before, and they made their choice. President Trump’s lawyers made their case before scores of courts; in every instance, they failed. The Justice Department found no evidence of irregularity sufficient to overturn the election. The Presidential Voter Fraud Commission disbanded without finding such evidence.

“My fellow Senator Ted Cruz and the co-signers of his statement argue that rejection of electors or an election audit directed by Congress would restore trust in the election. Nonsense. This argument ignores the widely perceived reality that Congress is an overwhelmingly partisan body; the American people wisely place greater trust in the federal courts where judges serve for life. Members of Congress who would substitute their own partisan judgement for that of the courts do not enhance public trust, they imperil it.

“Were Congress to actually reject state electors, partisans would inevitably demand the same any time their candidate had lost. Congress, not voters in the respective states, would choose our presidents.

“Adding to this ill-conceived endeavor by some in Congress is the President’s call for his supporters to come to the Capitol on the day when this matter is to be debated and decided. This has the predictable potential to lead to disruption, and worse.

“I could never have imagined seeing these things in the greatest democracy in the world. Has ambition so eclipsed principle?”

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