03:39 AM CERTIFICATION OF ELECTORAL VOTES – At the conclusion of counting the Electoral ballots, the Vice President reported to the Joint Session that the votes would be recorded as follows: For the Office of President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, Jr.–306; Donald J. Trump–232; and for the Office of Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris–306; Michael R. Pence –232.
Confirms the Missouri House’s lack of faith in the 2020 election results
Sponsor: Hill, Justin (108)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 1241H.04C
Last Action: 12/15/2020 – Referred: Rules – Legislative Oversight(H)
Bill String: HCS HR 2
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar
Date Jrn Pg Activity Description
12/10/2020 H 91 Offered (H)
12/10/2020 H 91 Referred: Special Committee on Government Oversight(H)
12/14/2020 Public Hearing Completed (H)
12/14/2020 Executive Session Completed (H)
12/14/2020 HCS Voted Do Pass (H)
12/15/2020 HCS Reported Do Pass (H) – AYES: 6 NOES: 3 PRESENT: 0
12/15/2020 Referred: Rules – Legislative Oversight(H)
They actually held a hearing yesterday, with Rudy Giuliani on ZOOM, and six of them voted for this.
[Representative] Peter [Mereidith (D)]: To inquire
Peter [Mereidith (D)] : Thank you. I’m not sure where to look because I’m not sure where you are seeing us.
You mentioned that this hasn’t really played out in court, but 59 judgess across the country have now rejected your claims challenging this election. You did say that you don’t think any of them have ruled on the merits. I want to point to a Pennsylvania judge that said “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.” Now that was 3rd circuit judge, Stephanos Bibas, who was appointed by Donald Trump and wrote for an unanimous panel of three judges all appointed by Republican presidents.
Meanwhile, you’ve railed on GA and fraud there, who of course has a Republican legislature and a Republican SOS. The SOS certified the results and has emphatically said that all of these claims that you’re making are completely bogus and has even said that he’s been pressured by republicans like you to find excuses to invalidate valid ballots.
Now, GA also filed a court filing that said “This election cycle, GA did what the constitution empowered it to do. It implemented processes for the election, it administered the election in the face of logistical challenges brought on by COVID and confirmed and certified the election results. Again and again and again.”
Even William Barr said the Justice Department “has uncovered no voter fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome on the election.” He said, ”There’s been one assertion that would have been systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results.” (I think we’ve heard a little about that today.) “And the DHS and the DOJ have looked into that and have not seen anything to substantiate that.”
Now, we’re talking about 6 Secretaries of State in these states, 2 of them are republicans, have all certified the results. And 6 legislatures, 5 of them GOP controlled, have all gone ahead and appointed their electors. But you want us to ask congress to overturn all those states with even William Barr agreeing that no evidence of fraud, despite thorough investigation, exists.
So my question is, All are these republicans lying? Are they complicit? Are they incompetent?
Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: Instead of getting so upset and angry, what I’d ask you to do is to calm down. And to just take a look at the video tape from Fulton County on November the…
Peter [Mereidith (D)]: Now respectfully Mr. Mayor, I won’t be calm with people trying to overthrow the results of an election and seeking to ignore the votes of 6 states of Americans.
Ross in background: Gentleman, you’re time has expired.
Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: speaking unclearly in background
Peter [Mereidith (D)]: So I think that we’re right to be upset by this action here today and about your spreading of misinformation and lies that are inflaming things across our country at a time when we need to move on and accept the results of an election. Thank you.
Ross: Representative Merideth your time has expired.
Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: Obviously, you have no interest in truth. All you have in interest in is lecturing me –
Peter [Mereidith (D)](over Rudy): I have no interest in more and more lies from you.
Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: Cutting me off in the middle of my answer –
Peter [Mereidith (D)]: I am tired of your lies. America is tired of your lies.
Ross: Representative Merideth your time has expired!
Peter [Mereidith (D)]: And they are dangerous, sir. They are dangerous.
Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: and you are very dangerous because you are covering up massive voter fraud..
Ross: Ok, further questions.
Peter [Mereidith (D)]: Yea, me and the Republican legislatures and Republican SOS, we all came together on this didn’t we?
Ross: Representative Merideth, that’s enough. Further questions?
Rudy [Giuliani (r)]: Why don’t you try to calm down….and act like a gentleman if that’s at all possible.
Maggie Haberman @maggieNYT
At the White House Christmas Party, guests were informed about 10 minutes ago that the president won’t be joining them to make remarks. 7:33 PM · Dec 11, 2020
Claire McCaskill (D) [2012 file photo].
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
On the edge of my seat waiting for Republican elected officials to congratulate President elect Biden. Right now. No excuse left. 6:04 PM · Dec 11, 2020
Nancy Pelosi @SpeakerPelosi
The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this unlawful & undemocratic GOP lawsuit have brought dishonor to the House and must once and for all end their election subversion – immediately.
[….] 8:18 PM · Dec 11, 2020
The grifters will have moved on to civil war prepper supplies by tomorrow morning. 8:37 PM · Dec 11, 2020
With a markup for the brand.
Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…
Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…
This evening, an order at the United States Supreme Court in the election case Texas filed against Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The court denied the complaint for a lack of standing and “All other pending motions are dismissed as moot”:
7-2. Alito and Thomas. Go figure.
So much for pandering right wingnut “constitutional scholars”.
Mark Pedroli, Esq @MarkPedroli
Police cars revolving lightFormer Missouri Senator John Danforth filed a brief describing current Attorney General @Eric_Schmitt’s case to overturn the election as “jiggery-pokery,” which means deceitful or dishonest.
Jack Danforth (r) and his republican friends think the Texas suit against the election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin is a really bad idea. From the Amicusbrief:
…the Constitution does not make this Court the multidistrict litigation panel for trials of presidential election disputes…
…Plaintiff’s Motions make a mockery of federalism and separation of powers. It would violate the most fundamental constitutional principles for this Court to serve as the trial court for presidential election disputes…
…Plaintiff raises the unprecedented assertion, contrary to 230 years of history, that a presidential election dispute is, under 28 U.S.C. §1251(a), a “controvers[y] between two or more States.” Brief in Support of Mot. For Leave to File Bill of Complaint, at 7-8. This jiggery-pokery is contradicted by the Electors Clause and 3 U.S.C. § 5…
Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [2008 file photo].
One former AG who can’t comprehend constitutional law patting another AG who can’t comprehend constitutional law on the back. Party first, right Josh? Missouri continues to be embarrassed.
And there goes all that good will out the window w one stupid tweet undermining democracy by supporting these frivolous lawsuits. If the Dems were doing this Josh would be up in arms!
In summary, Republicans want to make it as hard and time consuming as possible to vote. If you do vote and they don’t like the result, they want to throw your vote out. And they are against judicial activism and federal control except when it benefits their political interests.
Why not go over all the states with a fine toothed comb? Perhaps some of the states that Trump won weren’t won with integrity. Let’s start with KY and then FL. Let’s go over some of these Senate elections. I’m all for it.
This would be a farce if it weren’t so damaging to our country. I’m disgusted but not surprised by you being on board. This is against everything our country is supposed to stand for
No, it’s not good work. He’s wasting Missouri tax dollars on a frivolous and symbolic effort. Everyone knows this is about the GOP not liking the outcome and has nothing to do with voter fraud. You’d be apoplectic if, for example, California sued over Missouri’s votes.
Is this the only way Republicans can stay in power? Making it harder for people to vote? How treasonous.
There is no quiet part. Trump is openly and proudly fighting to OVERTURN the will of the voters and democracy itself.
And the vast majority, aka GOP dinosaurs, of his party stand by him. Also include @RepHartzler @RoyBlunt, but you already knew this.
Roy Blunt (r) [2016 file photo].
Who the fuck is Roy blunt? Has he ever been to Missouri?
He’s wasting our taxpayers’ $$$!!!! That’s not good work, Senator.
You’re so thirsty, bro.
“The most dangerous place to stand in Washington D.C. is any place between Senator Josh Hawley and a live microphone” – Charles P. Pierce
Remember when Schmitt sued China? @HawleyMO was right behind him on that one too.
BREAKING: states’ rights champion Senator HeeHaw now says “f-ck states’ rights!”
Your footnote in history books will be short and ridiculous.
Narrator, in the future: “Who?”
What footnotes? No one will know his name in Missouri..
His next door neighbors in Virginia will.
This is pandering at best.
Here’s hoping for another one sentence rejection by SCOTUS
What a waste of taxpayer money.
One grifter congratulates another.
Spoken like a true Fascist.
The only credible evidence of fraud in the election is the vote of the junior Missouri senator who actually lives in Virginia and hasn’t actually maintained a residence in Missouri.
We see what you did there.
all theater. nothing will change. the republic is over.
Senator, you’re embarrassing yourself, hurting Missouri and our country with this, uh, manure.
No, rejecting the results of an election based on being a sore loser and calling for unconstitutional interference between states is the exact opposite of “Good work”.
You really do hate your country, don’t you?
Why don’t you believe in democracy? You’re not a conservative with this behavior, you’re an authoritarian wanting one party rule voters be damned.
Mr. Harvard Law Man, have you not learned anything?
Geoff Bennett @GeoffRBennett
The White House on lockdown: A federal law enforcement source tells NBC that beginning tomorrow, crews will build a “non-scalable” fence to secure the WH complex, Ellipse and Lafayette Square.
250 National Guardsmen have been put on standby, reporting to Metro Police officials. 8:39 PM · Nov 1, 2020
The Post Office is in the U.S. Constitution, in case you were wondering.
And, for this election:
The Recount @therecount
Trump this morning why he won’t fund US Postal Service. “Now they need that money in order to make the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots … But if they don’t get those two items that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting.”
[….] 8:05 AM · Aug 13, 2020
This postcard, from the U.S. Postal Service, arrived in the mail a few days ago:
Blame the customer, not the (now) non-existent high speed sorting machines.