by Damjan Tutarkov
Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley on Wednesday became the first senator to publicly declare he will oppose Congress’ formal certification of the Electoral College votes next week.
The announcement is important in that it takes at least one House member and at least one senator to raise an objection when Congress votes to certify President-elect Joe Biden as the 46th president on Jan. 6.
About a dozen allies of President Trump in the House, spearheaded by Republican Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, have already declared they plan to challenge the electoral votes in six swing states.
But Hawley’s planned objection is unlikely to change the election’s outcome, and will likely only delay the certification as his objection will force both the House and Senate to vote on the election results, Fox News reported.