The president had also hoped that a slew of court cases, including a lengthy Supreme Court trial, would help force the hands of state legislatures. But in court case after court case, Mr Trump suffered a series of losses, often coupled with withering opinions denouncing the effort as baseless.
Under normal circumstances, Monday’s constituency sessions would be the last procedural vote of any significance. The next step in the process, a congressional vote validating the Electoral College’s results in early January, is a formality ruling out extraordinary circumstances, such as if a state sends competing voters lists.
But Mr. Trump, his aides and supporters, who sought to disrupt the technical aspects of formalizing Mr. Biden’s victory in a way that had never been done before, said as a last resort that they could also obtain congressional approval.
Speaking on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller said, “Another group of voters in the disputed states are going to vote, and we are going to send these results to Congress.” He said the lists “would ensure that all of our legal remedies remain open.”
Republicans in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and Michigan have followed the White House‘s lead, taking or discussing steps to form their own competing lists of pro-Trump voters – a theatrical effort that does not has no legal route. The Electoral College slates are tied to the winner of the popular vote, and for 2020 they are now officially certified.
Reporting was provided by Nicholas Fandos, Michael D. Shear, Reid J. Epstein, Kathleen Gray, Kay Nolan and Hank Stephenson.