Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC – Dems push McConnell on COVID-19 relief; Grassley contracts COVID-19 Biden, Harris briefed by national security experts amid transition obstacles Top Democrat calls Trump’s Afghan drawdown ‘the right policy decision’ as others warn of ‘mistake’ MORE (R-Utah) directly criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpManufacturers association calls on GSA to begin transition process Biden vote tally getting close to 80 million Brent Budowsky wins The Hill’s 2020 election prediction contest MORE on Thursday night for efforts by the president and his allies to reverse the results of the presidential election.
Romney, in a statement that marks the strongest pushback by a Senate Republican, said the president had “failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy” in a myriad of challenges the president’s legal team launched in several battleground states where he trailed President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenManufacturers association calls on GSA to begin transition process Biden vote tally getting close to 80 million AOC, progressive Dems attack corporate greed during health care discussion MORE.
“The president has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election. It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American president,” Romney said in a statement posted to Twitter.
– Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 20, 2020
Romney’s statement comes after Trump invited some of Michigan’s top Republicans to the White House in a sign he may be seeking a way around the election results where Biden is projected to get 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.
The president also reached out to officials in Wayne County who had sought to block the certification of votes there. Meanwhile, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMick Mulvaney ‘concerned’ by Giuliani role in Trump election case Hoyer calls for changing House rules to shield whistleblowers Giuliani denies asking for ,000 a day to do legal work for Trump MORE and the team of lawyers overseeing the campaign’s legal challenges used a press conference on Thursday to levy claims of fraud as part of an effort to sway the vote certification process and pressure state lawmakers to send pro-Trump electors to the Electoral College.
Romney is one of only a handful of GOP senators who have acknowledged Biden’s White House victory, and his statement on Thursday night makes a rare instance of a Republican member of Congress directly calling out Trump.
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