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Fischer will vote to reject Trump challenge of electoral votes

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Attention will shift from Georgia back to Washington on Wednesday. That's when the House and Senate will meet in a joint session to certify the results of the Electoral College. Now this is typically a routine process. But this group of a dozen current and incoming Republican senators  says they'll object to the results. You can see that group includes current Senators Ted Cruz, Marsha Blackburn, Josh Hawley and Ron Johnson. Johnson says they want more transparency.Sen. Ron Johnson: "We're not acting to thwart the democratic process. We're acting to protect it. The fact of the matter is we have an unsustainable state of affairs in this country where we have tens of millions of people who do not view this election result as legitimate."Johnson noted many Democrats said President Trump wasn't a legitimate president after his election win four years ago, and he says the election process needs more transparency.  

Sen. Deb Fischer said Tuesday she will vote to affirm the Electoral College results that will hand the presidency to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

"It would not be proper for Congress, an inherently political body, to substitute its judgment for the will of the people or for that of states that certified their results," Nebraska's Republican senator said.

Fischer said she voted for Republican President Donald Trump, campaigned for him and "worked closely with him on many significant accomplishments that have made our country more secure and more prosperous."

But, she said, the president's legal team "failed to make the case in court to any judge, including some appointed by President Trump, or to criminal investigators, that widespread voter fraud existed sufficient to overturn election results in any state.

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"There are no do-overs," Fischer said. "If a state's results are not counted tomorrow, millions of voters across the country will be disenfranchised.

"Such an extreme action should only be taken with proof of widespread malfeasance. No such proof has been presented."

Fischer said she swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and "I will uphold my oath and vote to affirm the decision of the Electoral College."

Congress will consider those results Wednesday and a number of Republican members of Congress have signaled their intention to reject or question the presidential election figures in a number of states. 

Nebraska congressman will challenge Electoral College results

Fischer, who was reelected in 2018, joins Sen. Ben Sasse, Nebraska's other Republican senator, in refusing to support Trump's efforts to overthrow the results of the November election.

Fischer is a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's leadership team. 

Republican Rep. Adrian Smith is the only member of Nebraska's congressional delegation to announce his intention to dispute the Electoral College results. 

Smith's House district spans western and central Nebraska and includes the northeastern and southeastern corners of the state. 

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSdon

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