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Cole Is Among Those Voting to Overturn

Rep. Tom Cole, Republican of Oklahoma, attends an organizational meeting of the House Rules Committee the day after Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, took swift action against Republican members who worked to undercut him during his re-election to the top leadership post, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Boehner removed GOP Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent of Florida from their posts on the House Rules Committee after Webster got 12 votes in the speaker’s election on Tuesday, the most of any of the Boehner opponents. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (Rep., Okla.) was among the congressmen who persisted in being against certifying Electoral College ballots confirming that President Donald J. Trump lost the presidential election by a landslide.

He and the others persisted even after the invasion of the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters on Jan. 6.

Investigators believe protesters planned to assassinate Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Dem., Calif.) and Vice President Mike Pence and kidnap and kill other members of Congress.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford (Rep., Okla.) had initially said he would vote, too, to challenge the Electoral College vote, but, after the riots, he said he would not be a part of the challenge.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (Rep., Okla.), had pointedly said prior to Jan. 6 that he would not participate in the challenge, saying he would have to violate his constitutional oath if he did so.

When a mob of President Donald J. Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6, they forced an emergency recess in the Congressional proceedings to officially certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The disruption came shortly after some Republican lawmakers made the first of a planned series of highly unusual objections, based on spurious allegations of widespread voter fraud, to states’ election results. 

The chambers were separately debating an objection to Arizona’s results when proceedings were halted and the Capitol was locked down.

When the Senate reconvened at 8 p.m., and the House of Representatives an hour later, the proceedings–including the objection debates–continued, although some lawmakers who had previously planned to vote with the objectors stood down following the occupation of the Capitol. 

Plans to challenge a number of states after Arizona were scrapped, as well–but one other objection, to Pennsylvania’s results, also advanced to a vote.  Here are the eight senators and 139 representatives who voted to sustain one or both objections.

Now, the House voted yesterday to impeach President Trump—for a second historic time—and there are plans to pursue a trial in the Senate that is likely to end with a conviction.

A conviction would mean he would be removed from office.

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