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Rep. Stefanik pledges to object to certifying Electoral College results

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Rep. Elise Stefanik announced in a Twitter video Monday that she will object to certifying the Electoral College results Wednesday.

“As the representative for New York’s 21st Congressional District, I plan to object to certain contested electors on January 6,” Stefanik said in the video. “I do not take this action lightly. I am acting to protect our democratic process.”

“Article II and the Twelfth Amendment of the Constitution make clear that I have an obligation to act on this matter if I believe there are serious questions with respect to the Presidential election.”

“I believe those questions exist,” Stefanik continued.

“Tens of millions of Americans are rightly concerned that the 2020 election featured unprecedented voting irregularities, unconstitutional overreach by unelected state officials and judges ignoring state election laws and a fundamental lack of ballot integrity and security.”

Stefanik will join at least 140 other GOP members who are expected to support President Donald Trump’s campaign to overturn the election results.

“As a member of Congress, I am committed to restoring the faith of the American people in our elections, that they are free, fair, secure and according to the United States Constitution,” Stefanik said.

Congress will hold a joint session on Jan. 6 to ratify President-elect Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win. Objections from GOP members are expected. Majorities in the House and Senate would have to agree for the challenge to be successful.

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FBI punishing employees who attended Jan 6 rally by revoking security clearances

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The official Twitter account of the GOP House Judiciary Committee released an alarming warning: “Whistleblowers alert that the FBI appears to be attempting to terminate the employment of employees who were engaged in protected First Amendment activity on January 6, 2021.”

A letter from ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), to FBI Director Christopher Wray, addresses how several whistleblowers exposed the FBI of stripping employees of security clearances.

The letter cites claims of multiple whistleblowers who say the FBI has been purposely punishing those who attended then-president Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021, by revoking their clearances. Reportedly many of them did not even enter the U.S. Capitol.

“While FBI employees may not participate in partisan political campaigns, [they] do not give up their rights to engage in political speech activity,” wrote Jordan. “We have serious concerns that the FBI appears to be retaliating against employees for engaging in political speech disfavored by FBI leadership,” he added.

The primary whistleblower is described as a 20-year veteran of the FBI and U.S. military. Jordan believes the FBI’s actions could potentially result in the administrative extermination of the individuals’ employment because the FBI requires top-secret security clearances for majority of its employees.

Jordan has required that the FBI brief the committee on the security clearances matter by May 20.

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