We brought you the news here and here of how State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-York) had organized a committee hearing into election integrity and heard from multiple witnesses with some stunning testimony about alleged election fraud and irregularities. President Donald Trump even called into the hearing and thanked people from coming forward. Then after that, Twitter suspended Mastriano’s personal account.
Now, Mastriano is dropping more news. Mastriano was appearing on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast when he announced that he and other senators would introducing a resolution calling to withdraw the Secretary of State’s certification of the election and the slate of electors.
🚨BREAKING: While on Steve Bannon's War Room, @dougmastriano announces the PA legislature will draft a joint resolution to take back power from the Secretary of State in the appointment of presidential electors.
— The Election Wizard (@Wizard_Predicts) November 27, 2020
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 27, 2020
According to Penn Live, 26 Republicans did in fact formally announce they in fact were introducing such a resolution.
Citing what they described as election law compromises, irregularities and improprieties associated with mail-in balloting, pre-canvassing, and canvassing, the 26 lawmakers stated in a news release issued late Friday afternoon the issues raised about the election has “undermined our elector process and as a result we can not accept certification of the results in statewide races.” [….]
Concerns about the fairness and integrity of the election that the group of lawmakers raise in some of the 21 clauses in their resolution are similar to arguments raised by President Donald Trump’s legal team during a Senate Majority Policy Committee meeting on Wednesday.
“It is absolutely imperative that we take these steps if we are to ensure public trust in our electoral system. Faith in government begins with faith in the elections which select that government,” the House GOP members’ news release states. “Just as Pennsylvania led the founding of our nation, Pennsylvania should also lead the way by making sure our commonwealth continues to stand as a keystone in our nation where free and fair elections are of paramount concern, no matter the final outcome of those elections.”
Currently the process in Pennsylvania is that each of the parties picks a slate of electors that is then chosen when the Secretary of State certifies the election.
But the Constitution provides that the state legislatures can decide how electors are appointed. There’s also a federal statute that allows the legislature to decide how the electors will be appointed if they believe that they have failed to make a clear choice.
But it’s not clear how much gas this effort has, because the House Speaker and the House Majority Leader don’t appear to be involved in it, according to Penn Live.
But it looks like there’s going to be a similar hearing and look into election integrity in Arizona as well, according to Jenna Ellis, who is part of the president’s legal team.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) November 27, 2020