New U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R– WY) has signed a letter saying she will object to the Electoral College count taking place on Wednesday, January 6. 10 other Republican Senators and Senators-elect also signed the letter.
It calls for an emergency 10-day audit of election returns in several states that Donald Trump lost. If the audit is not conducted, the letter says the group of Senators will “reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has recognized that Joe Biden is the President-elect, and called on his colleagues to accept the results. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) did not sign the letter. Barrasso has not publicly said that Biden is the President-elect, but he has discussed the confirmation process for Biden’s nominees in the media.
President Trump won more than 70% of the vote in Wyoming. Lummis said she is not concerned about the integrity of Wyoming’s election, but is worried about what happened in other states.
“I am in conversations with those who have allegations of election fraud, and to better understand the process on January 6.The cases of voter fraud we have heard about deserve further investigation,” Lummis said in an email.
According to the conservative Heritage Foundation, there have been no cases of voter fraud in Wyoming, and just 1308 cases of voter fraud in the entire country in 2020. Numerous media sources, including Fox News, say the total turnout for the 2020 Presidential Election was 159.6 million.
The Trump Campaign and Republican officials have filed close to 60 court cases, including two at the Supreme Court, calling for the election results to be overturned because of voter fraud or irregulaties. All of the cases have been dismissed, settled, withdrawn, or ruled against the campaign, including by judges appointed by President Trump.
Despite the concern over the election, Lummis said she is looking forward to the confirmation hearings for President-elect Biden’s cabinet choices, and will closely look at the nominees for six posts.
“I’ll be particularly interested in hearing from the nominees for the Interior, Energy and Agriculture departments and the EPA, as well as what the Treasury and Commerce nominees have to say about China and cryptocurrency regulation. At the end of the day, party affiliation is not as important as whether these nominees will deliver for the people of Wyoming and the rest of America,” Lummis said via email.
Lummis has been working with her newly appointed staff on possible legislation to introduce in Congress and is focusing on several key issues.
“Of particular importance to me is working to responsibly re-open our economy; bring manufacturing and production of critical goods and services back to the United States from China; reduce overly burdensome regulations on business; and champion Wyoming’s energy resources including coal, oil, natural gas and uranium,” Lummis said.
The new Senator has not been assigned to any committees yet, but knows what she wants.
“It’s important that the people of Wyoming are represented on a wide variety of committees in the U.S. Senate, so I’m hoping for assignments that complement my fellow Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, and that can utilize my background in energy, small business and finance,” Lummis said.