Republicans call for House 'integrity' probe of 2020 presidential election

November 19, 2020 

Top House Republicans are calling for a congressional probe of the "integrity" of the 2020 presidential elections after alleging "errors and misconduct" in the processing and counting of ballots.

The GOP request went to New York Democratic Congress members who head two key House panels, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, Fox News reported.

The ranking Republicans on the committees, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and James Comer of Kentucky, respectively, sent a letter to the Manhattan Democrats urging them to "examine the integrity of the 2020 election."

The request comes as President Trump's campaign has leveled claims of "irregularities" and "improprieties."

"We urge you to immediately convene hearings to examine the integrity of the 2020 election amid troubling reports of irregularities and improprieties," Jordan, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, and Comer, the top Republican on the Oversight Committee, wrote.

"Given your role as leaders of a political party that spent four years baselessly calling into question the legitimacy of the 2016 election with debunked allegations of Russian collusion, you owe it to all Americans to fully examine allegations of actual election errors and misconduct," they wrote.

The ranking Republicans referred to a report they released in September, where they warned that last-minute changes to state election laws and procedures would increase the risk for election-related crimes and errors and would "undermine the integrity of the electoral process" and "cause lingering uncertainty about the results of the election for several days or weeks after Election Day."

"Democrats ignored this report, but many of our predictions have unfortunately come true," they wrote.

Jordan and Comer also complained that many Democrat-led states refused to "clean up" outdated and inaccurate voter registration rolls that had "intended consequences" because of the massive number of voters who cast ballots by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

"These serious concerns give rise to the urgent need for congressional oversight of the integrity of the 2020 election," they wrote. "Our committees must conduct oversight hearings to ensure that Americans have faith in the integrity of our election."

They requested Nadler and Maloney schedule hearings "as soon as possible." Nadler and Maloney did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

But it's unlikely that the senior Democrats will hold hearings after fellow Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Trump, according to initial returns and media outlets that called the race.

On Wednesday, the Trump campaign filed for a partial recount in Wisconsin, alleging that absentee ballots were altered and the state's voter ID law was circumvented.

Trump's campaign claimed that clerks wrongly added missing information on returned absentee ballots.

But the Wisconsin Elections Commission's rules, in place since 2016, says that clerks can fix missing witness address information on the envelopes that contain absentee ballots, if they have reliable information.

Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin by about 200,000 votes.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany alleged to Fox News' Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that officials in Wisconsin are trying to change recount laws "as we speak."

The Trump campaign is involved in other legal skirmishes over the vote count in Pennsylvania and other battleground states where he trails Biden.

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