In recent days, several Republicans have spoken – although party leaders and a large majority of congressional Republicans continue to support Trump’s efforts to challenge the results.
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Rep. Kay Granger of Texas and rep. Fred Upton of Michigan – all senior Republicans – has each raised concerns in recent days about the transfer of power.
“If there is any chance at all that Joe Biden will be the next president and it looks like he has a very good chance, the Trump administration should provide the Biden team with all the transition material, resources and meetings needed for “This should be especially the case, for example, with vaccine distribution,” Alexander, chairman of the influential Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said in a statement on Friday. And highlighted the impact. the transition could have pandemic reaction.
Similarly, when asked about Trump’s efforts to overturn the election result Friday, Granger told CNN she is “very concerned about it” and adds, “I think it’s time to move on.”
Granger, a veteran Republican from Texas, added Friday that Trump should be transparent about the situation.
“I think it’s time for him to really realize and be very aware of what’s going on,” Granger said.
When asked Thursday whether Trump should admit, Upton, a senior Republican from Michigan who was targeted by Democrats but won his re-election bid by 16 points, said, “Yes. I think it’s all said and done.”
Upton also rejected evidence of voter fraud in his home state.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, said he is concerned that Trump’s claims are shaking the core of democracy.
“That, I have a real problem with making unsubstantiated allegations of fraud and illegality,” Kinzinger said. “And it has a real detrimental effect.”
A source from the GOP Senate told CNN that the combination of Giuliani’s press conference as well as the president interfering in the Michigan election process is causing some GOP senators to reconsider their silence. This source says that most had hoped that Trump’s tirade would now have worked, but his actions within the last 24 hours make the hope seem more and more distant.
According to the same source, a handful of GOP senators are talking about whether and how to cut in a way that will be most effective with the president. There is a lot of talk about trying to talk to Trump and try to ask him to go out on a high note by proclaiming victories in Parliament as well as helping to win the two outstanding U.S. Senate seats in Georgia and take credit for Covid-19 vaccine movement, among other results.
However, the source stressed that this is not a leadership position right now – more ranked Republicans.
Even as some GOP lawmakers begin to talk about Trump’s attacks on election results, a wide range of Republicans continue to back the president – and some endorse his long-term strategy of winning Electoral College and undermining the will of voters in key battlefield states.
Rep. Richard Hudson, of North Carolina, who serves on the House GOP’s leadership team at the next congress, on Friday described the Trump team’s unfounded allegations as “breathtaking” and “serious enough that they need to be investigated.”
Hudson said “yes,” states should delay the certification of the results until the allegations are “adequately investigated.”
Asked whether he would be okay if state legislatures nominated voters who differed from the result of the vote, Hudson told CNN: “Yes, that’s the constitutional process.”
“I think it’s breathtaking to think about,” Hudson said of the allegations. “And if that is not true, then there must be a calculation on our part.”
Federal law encourages states to resolve disputes over the counting of votes by Dec. 8, six days before voters meet in their capitals to cast their ballots. If Biden’s victory is certified by Dec. 8, Congress must recognize the pro-Biden voters.
Under the long shot theory, Republican-clad lawmakers could designate pro-Trump slate of presidential voters, even though Biden had the popular vote in their state, provided a state has not certified the vote in time.
When asked Thursday whether his state should delay the certification of the election, the Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar to CNN: “I think it should.” Gosar also said that “the state has the ability” to name its own voters for the Electoral College if the results are not certified as part of the “system created by our founders.” And when asked if he would support the state legislature in naming its own voters, Gosar said, “I do.”
This story has been updated with further development on Friday.
CNN’s Dana Bash and Sarah Fortinsky contributed to this report.