Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs vote to seat House members from states they say stole election from Trump

Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar/Photos by Gage Skidmore/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

By Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic

Arizona’s two most outspoken House Republicans who have claimed election fraud voted Sunday to move ahead with seating all members, even in the six states — including their own — where President Donald Trump and his supporters have said the White House race was stolen.

Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar joined with all but two House members in a vote to proceed with swearing in members of the 117th Congress even after Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, sought to block seating those in the states where Trump groundlessly maintains election theft.

Roy argued that if members are claiming Trump lost in stolen elections, then none of the congressional results from those states should be accepted.

In a written statement, Roy said: “I do not make this objection lightly and take no pleasure in it, but believe that I am compelled to do so because a number of my colleagues — whom I hold in high regard — have publicly stated that they plan to object to the acceptance of electors from those particular six states due to their deeply held belief that those states conducted elections plagued by statewide, systemic fraud and abuse that leaves them absolutely no way for this chamber or our constituents to trust the validity of their elections.

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