If the Republicans succeed in holding the Senate, Senator Lindsey Graham wants the Judiciary Committee to launch a joint investigation into the impact of postal votes on this year’s presidential election.
“What I will say to Mitch McConnell today after we return home, if we keep the Senate, is that we need to set up a joint committee in the Senate to analyze the postal vote and how it will work in 2020,” Graham said in a Monday interview with Brian Kilmeade of Fox News Radio.
The Senator pointed out that the Trump administration would begin filing complaints about the ballot count on Monday. However, he believes that on Wednesday the final votes will be counted in the contested states such as Arizona and Georgia, and that these margins will be close enough to raise doubts about absentee ballots.
The 2020 elections saw record voter turnout and absentee ballots, with the latter criticized by President Donald Trump and his administration, which made and enforced unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud.
Some Republicans and most presidential supporters have argued that a winner can only be named after all ballots have been counted. Graham agreed with these views and said the election was “by no means over.
“All I ask people to do is to refute any credible allegations of wrongdoing, check the computer systems and the provisional ballots, then we will make a decision, go to court, and then we will decide who won the presidency. It would be crazy if President Trump did not look at all these things,” Graham said.
Washington Newsday turned to the Minority Office of the Senate Judiciary Committee to comment, but did not hear a response prior to publication.
With several news agencies predicting that Joe Biden will win this year’s election, the Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in key states, such as Michigan and Pennsylvania, to stop the vote count and demand a recount in Wisconsin.
According to an Associated Press projection, Biden currently holds 290 votes, which would be enough to secure the presidency, and that number could rise to 306 if Georgia wins.
Asked if he believed Trump would give up and attend a Biden inauguration in the New Year, Graham said: “If we do everything reasonably possible, such as actually counting the votes, looking at the challenge ballots to see if they should be counted or not, filing complaints of suspicious activity, and if he comes up short, we will cross that bridge, but the country [has]always come out on the right side of the transfer of power, where it was transferred peacefully. It will happen here”.
He said that if Trump loses the election, he would encourage the president to “not let this movement die” and ask him to consider re-running in 2024.
Graham won his re-election last week in South Carolina against his Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.