Former Speaker Paul Ryan blasts GOP's 'Dirty Dozen' and calls efforts to block Congress certifying Biden as 'anti-democratic and 'anti-conservative' - as ten senators issue bi-partisan statement insisting 'election is over'

 Former House Speaker Paul Ryan admonished fellow Republicans Sunday in a rare statement that called planned GOP efforts to challenge President-elect Joe Biden's win 'anti-democratic and anti-conservative.'

Ryan, of Wisconsin, who left Congress in 2019, said in a lengthy statement Sunday that it 'is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans.'

He also urged the lawmakers to reconsider, saying 'the fact that this effort will fail does not mean it will not do significant damage to American democracy.'

The statement from Ryan comes in response to a group of Senate Republicans, led by Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, who say they plan to object to the election results when Congress meets on Wednesday to tally Biden´s 306-232 Electoral College victory over Trump. 

A bipartisan group of 10 senators - including four Republicans - also pushed back against the group's planned protests Sunday, authoring a statement urging Congress to certify the election results.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Mitt Romney of Utah all signed on to the statement, which said 'it is time to move forward.'  

'The 2020 election is over. All challenges through recounts and appeals have been exhausted,' the group's letter read in part. 

'At this point, further attempts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 Presidential election are contrary to the clearly expressed will of the American people and only serve to undermine Americans' confidence in the already determined election results.' 

Trump allies Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, both also spoke out Sunday, insisting attempts to stop the certification of the Electoral College 'will go nowhere'.   

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan admonished fellow Republicans Sunday in a rare statement that called planned GOP efforts to challenge President-elect Joe Biden's win 'anti-democratic and anti-conservative'

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan admonished fellow Republicans Sunday in a rare statement that called planned GOP efforts to challenge President-elect Joe Biden's win 'anti-democratic and anti-conservative'

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks in Bangor, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
Mitt Romney has slammed 12 of his fellow Republican senators following news they plan to object to certifying Joe Biden's win when Electoral College results are tallied in Congress next week

A bipartisan group of 10 senators - including Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah - also pushed back against the group's planned protests Sunday, authoring a statement urging Congress to certify the election results

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
Bill Cassidy of Louisiana

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana were the two other Republicans to co-author the statement 

Both Cruz and Hawley have been touted as future leaders of the GOP, and may be eyeing a run for the White House in 2024. 

The objections will force votes in both the House and Senate, but none are expected to prevail. 

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has urged Republicans not to object. And several other GOP senators have criticized the efforts, splitting the party as the new Congress begins.  

Ryan was the latest to criticize the motion Sunday. The Republican, who served as House Speaker from 2015 to 2019 and has rarely weighed into events since leaving office, decried Cruz and Hawley's 'anti-democratic' efforts.

'Efforts to reject the votes of the Electoral College and sow doubt about Joe Biden’s victory strike at the foundation of our republic,' Ryan wrote. 'It is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans. 

'The fact that this effort will fail does not mean it will not do significant damage to American democracy,' he said.

Ryan also asked fellow conservatives to think about the 'precedent that it would set' and noted the Trump campaign's failed efforts in the court to challenge election results in a number of states.


'The Trump campaign had ample opportunity to challenge election results, and those efforts failed from lack of evidence. The legal process was exhausted, and the results were decisively confirmed,' he added. 

'The Department of Justice, too, found no basis for overturning the result. If states wish to reform their processes for future elections, that is their prerogative. But Joe Biden’s victory is entirely legitimate.' 

In a statement issued Saturday, Sen. Romney called the planned objections an 'egregious ploy to reject electors.' Romney said the effort may 'enhance the political ambition of some,' but that it 'dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic.'  

Romney also said he believed the senators' 'ambition had eclipsed principle', adding the decision not to certify the Electoral College results 'has the predictable potential to lead to disruption, and worse.'   

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski - who are both moderates - have sent out similar messages voicing their disapproval. 

'I acknowledge that this past election, like all elections, had irregularities. But the evidence is overwhelming that Joe Biden won this election,' Toomey posted on Twitter.

Murkowski, who co-authored Sunday's letter, said in a Saturday statement: ' I will vote to affirm the 2020 presidential election. The courts and state legislatures have all honored their duty to hear legal allegations and have found nothing to warrant overturning the results.'

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, meanwhile, said Sunday that the objections are 'bad for the country and bad for the party.'

The dozen rogue Republican senators who say they'll oppose the vote certification include Ted Cruz of Texas, pictured in October

The dozen rogue Republican senators who say they'll oppose the vote certification include Ted Cruz of Texas, pictured in October

Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, a top Trump ally, spoke out in opposition against the group's last-ditch efforts in a statement of his own on Sunday

Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, a top Trump ally, spoke out in opposition against the group's last-ditch efforts in a statement of his own on Sunday

In a statement released on Saturday night, Romney described the move as an 'egregious ploy that 'dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic'

In a statement released on Saturday night, Romney described the move as an 'egregious ploy that 'dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic'

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey similarly sent out messages voicing his disapproval over plans by 12 Republican senators to vote against certifying the election results

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey similarly sent out messages voicing his disapproval over plans by 12 Republican senators to vote against certifying the election results 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the third Senator to publicly denounce her Republican colleagues

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska became the third Senator to publicly denounce her Republican colleagues 

Part of a statement released by Sen. Angus King is shown above

Part of a statement released by Sen. Angus King is shown above

As part of their objection, Cruz and 10 other GOP senators are demanding the appointment of an emergency commission to conduct a 10-day audit of the election returns in 'disputed states'.   

Until such a commission is appointed, they declared that they intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from those states - a largely symbolic move that has little chance of preventing Biden from taking office. 

The 11 senators will effectively be joined by Sen. Hawley, who earlier this week became the first sitting member of the Senate to announce he would challenge the election result. 

Cruz was joined in his statement by Senators Ron Johnson, James Lankford, Steve Daines, John Kennedy, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun, along with Cynthia Lummis, Tommy Tuberville, Bill Hagerty, and Roger Marshall, all of whom will be sworn in as senators on Sunday in the new Congress. 

Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, a top Trump ally, spoke out in opposition against the group's last-ditch efforts in a statement of his own on Sunday.

'Proposing a commission at this late date – which has zero chance of becoming reality is not effectively fighting for President Trump,' Graham tweeted. 'It appears to be more of a political dodge than an effective remedy.' 

Grahams comments were echoed by former Trump administration staffer and  ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who said the group's efforts to stop the certification of the Electoral College will 'go nowhere.'

'The thing that matters the most is the reason it will go nowhere is because there's been no evidence of widespread fraud,' he said in an interview with ABC's This Week. 

'And that's been determined by Republican and Democratic Governors across the country, it's been determined, most importantly, by the Republican Attorney General of the United Stated States Bill Barr who no one could say has not been a loyal fighter for the president.' 

Christie continued: 'The facts are the facts. If there's evidence show us. There's been no evidence shown, and that's why Joe Biden will be confirmed next week.'

Senator Ron Johnson
Senator James Lankford
Senator Steve Daines

Senators (left to right) Ron Johnson, James Lankford, Steve Daines signed on with Cruz

Senator John Kennedy
Senator Marsha Blackburn
Senator Mike Braun

Senators John Kennedy, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Braun also joined Cruz's faction

Cynthia Lummis
Tommy Tuberville
Bill Hagerty
Roger Marshall

Also joining Cruz were incoming Senators (left to right) Cynthia Lummis, Tommy Tuberville, Bill Hagerty, and Roger Marshall, all of whom will be sworn in as senators on Sunday

Fraud did not spoil the 2020 presidential election, a fact confirmed by election officials across the country.    

Regardless, Sen. Ron Johnson has insisted that the extraordinary effort by congressional Republicans to challenge Biden´s presidential victory is not intended to thwart the democratic process but 'to protect it.'

In an interview with NBC's Meet the Press, the Wisconsin senator pointed to an 'unsustainable state of affairs' where he claimed that many people in the country don't accept the election as legitimate. 

He contended that more transparency is needed to 'restore confidence' in results that states and the Electoral College have certified.

Johnson didn't offer any new evidence of voting problems. 

He did however acknowledge that Trump´s former attorney general, William Barr, found no evidence of widespread election fraud.

 Multiple lawsuits filed by Trump´s legal team have been repeatedly dismissed, by the Supreme Court and by Trump-appointed judges who have ruled the suits lacked evidence.

When Johnson insisted that 'tens of millions of people' believe the presidential election was 'stolen,' NBC's Chuck Todd suggested that Johnson 'look in the mirror' as to why that is. 

Todd cut off Johnson´s unsubstantiated assertions.

He then told Johnson: 'You don't get to make these allegations that haven't been proven true.'  

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Joe Biden's win is expected to be certified by Congress when Electoral College results are tallied next week

Joe Biden's win is expected to be certified by Congress when Electoral College results are tallied next week

Former Speaker Paul Ryan blasts GOP's 'Dirty Dozen' and calls efforts to block Congress certifying Biden as 'anti-democratic and 'anti-conservative' - as ten senators issue bi-partisan statement insisting 'election is over' Former Speaker Paul Ryan blasts GOP's 'Dirty Dozen' and calls efforts to block Congress certifying Biden as 'anti-democratic and 'anti-conservative' - as ten senators issue bi-partisan statement insisting 'election is over' Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 08:58 Rating: 5

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