Facts First: This is very misleading. In the nine weeks between the election and his votes to object to the certification of the electoral college votes, Hawley made numerous statements suggesting that then-President Donald Trump could possibly remain in office and that then-President elect Joe Biden being inaugurated on January 20 was not a sure thing. If he was not “attempting to overturn the election” Hawley, at the very least, suggested it might be a bi-product of Republican efforts.
On January 4, two days before Congress would certify the electoral college results, Fox News anchor Bret Baier pressed Hawley on what his goal was by planning to object to the certification.
“I just want to pin you down on what you’re trying to do,” Baier said. “Are you trying to say that as of January 20th that President Trump will be president?”
“Well Bret that depends on what happens on Wednesday,” Hawley said. “I mean this is why we have the debate. This is why we have the votes.”
Hawley’s office did not return CNN’s request for comment.
During interviews in December, Hawley repeatedly couched his analysis by saying “if” Biden becomes president, implying the election results could possibly be changed.