The Arizona delegation in the House has formed its plan of objecting to the Electoral College vote certification on Wednesday, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., told Newsmax TV.
“We’ve decided that the dean of our Republican delegation, who’s Paul Gosar, will make the formal statement of objection on the floor and then I will, of course, be speaking to the issue,” Briggs told host Sean Spicer on Monday’s Spicer & Co.
“I’m hoping I can get some time yielded to me so I’m not limited to just five minutes.”
When a joint session of Congress meets Wednesday, the role call of states will go alphabetically. Arizona will be third, following Alabama and Alaska.
If a senator joins the Arizona representatives in objecting to the vote tally from the Grand Canyon State, each group will retire to its respective chamber and debate the issue.
“We believe we do have a senator,” Biggs said. “I’m not free to say who it is.”
Biggs said he was working with Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mo Brooks, R-Ala., to coordinate the overall objection effort, but his “primary assignment” was Arizona.
“It’s kind of an ‘all hands on deck’ here in the House,” Biggs said. “A lot people, well, probably I would say almost three-fourths of the entire Republican conference will sign on to these objections. That’s what we expect anyway.”
Biggs cited two main reasons he and his peers will object to the vote tally from their home state.
The Congressman called the first reason, a “Constitutional objection” — a problem created by going against Article I, Section 4, which gives the states’ legislatures the ability to set the time, place and manner of federal elections.
“What happened in Arizona, is the opponents, very left-wing organizations, felt like they weren’t able to get all the registered voters done by the deadline, which was set by legislature, which is part of the manner of the election,” Biggs said. “So they went up and they filed a lawsuit, and the federal court basically said, ‘You know that deadline, is appropriate, it’s Constitutional, but we’re going to go ahead and extend for 18 days the ability to register to vote.'”
Biggs said that enabled tens of thousands of voters, who should have been ineligible, to register.
The second reason concerned “an inability to find out what happened.”
“The state’s judiciary committee, after holding a hearing, said, ‘We think there’s enough there to ask for an independent audit,'” Biggs said. “So, they issued subpoenas to try and get discovery and find out what really went on in the election.
“And the body that controls those machines, the ballots and everything else basically said, ‘We’re gonna ignore your subpoenas. We’re not going o respond at all.”
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