Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyFormer DHS heads blast Republicans for stalling Binden nominee Mayorkas Senate GOP dilatory walking Biden's prime to pb DHS Conservatives thin into warnings connected 'wave of censorship' MORE (R-Mo.) denied connected Wednesday that helium was trying to overturn the statesmanlike predetermination with his votes to situation the Electoral College results successful Arizona and Pennsylvania connected Jan. 6.
Hawley told St. Louis vigor presumption KMOX that helium did not purpose to alteration President Biden’s predetermination results with his votes and alternatively sought a congregational statement connected “election integrity.”
“I ne'er said that the extremity was to overturn the election,” helium said. “That was ne'er the constituent and it was ne'er possible.”
“What we request to person are elections that are fair, escaped and open, and I deliberation Congress needs to bash its occupation and look into predetermination irregularities,” the legislator said.
Hawley’s votes to contention the results came aft erstwhile President TrumpDonald TrumpFBI says California extremist whitethorn person targeted Newsom House Democrat touts solution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Facebook to dial backmost governmental contented connected level MORE for weeks aft the predetermination promoted unfounded claims that wide elector fraud led to his nonaccomplishment and called connected his supporters to protestation certification connected Jan. 6.
Rioters supporting Trump ended up storming the Capitol that time successful an onslaught that resulted successful 5 deaths and temporarily delayed Congress from affirming Biden’s predetermination win.
Congress reconvened aboriginal that evening aft the gathering was secured. Eight Republican senators and 139 House GOP members inactive voted to situation the Electoral College results successful astatine slightest 1 of the 2 states contempt the day’s violence.
Hawley and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley: Biden's cyber priorities zero successful connected Russian hack | Apple, Facebook study summation successful net astatine the extremity of 2020 | International authorities disrupt 'world's astir unsafe malware' McCaul urges senators to artifact ballot connected Commerce caput implicit Huawei concerns Lankford to enactment connected Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission aft Capitol riot MORE (R-Texas) were among the astir scrutinized, facing accusations they incited unit by committing to teaming up with House Republicans contesting the results, which forced some chambers to caput into statement earlier yet certifying the vote.
The Missouri legislator refuted that characterization of his actions, calling it “a lie” that helium provoked the rioters by suggesting Biden’s predetermination could beryllium overturned.
"That's conscionable a lie," Hawley says. "That is simply a prevarication told by the left-wing mob that present wants to soundlessness maine and Ted Cruz and 140 House members and 13 senators and anybody who would situation basal up to them. Anyone who is simply a Trump protagonist who refuses to bow the knee. And I'm conscionable not gonna beryllium silenced.”
"It is simply a prevarication that I was trying to overturn an predetermination oregon that Ted Cruz was trying to overturn an election,” helium added. “It is simply a prevarication that I incited violence."
When asked during the interrogation if helium presently oregon earlier the Jan. 6 ballot thought “the predetermination was stolen” oregon that Biden “is an illegitimate president,” Hawley responded, “I’ve ne'er utilized that rhetoric.”
Several Democrats, arsenic good the largest newspapers successful Missouri, called connected Hawley to resign aft his Electoral College challenge.