A Hail-Mary bid by House Republicans to flip the election results in favor of President Trump is…

A Hail-Mary bid by House Republicans to flip the election results in favor of President TrumpDonald TrumpHogan on Republicans who won’t accept election result: ‘They are out of runway’Biden rips Trump’s refusal to concede after Electoral College voteTop GOP senators acknowledge Biden as president-elect after Electoral College voteMORE is sowing deep divisions in the GOP ranks.
The fight is pitting conservatives against fellow conservatives while creating an enormous headache for party leaders, who are pinched between an adherence to the electoral verdict and their loyalty to a president who has refused to accept defeat.
Those forces may be set to collide on Jan. 6, when Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksThis week: Congress braces for chaotic finishTrump allies in Congress to challenge election results: reportMembers of both parties hail Supreme Court decisionMORE (R-Ala.), a five-term Freedom Caucus firebrand, is vowing to launch an improbable effort to force votes in both chambers designed to block President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHogan on Republicans who won’t accept election result: ‘They are out of runway’Biden rips Trump’s refusal to concede after Electoral College voteSenate GOP warns Biden against picking Sally Yates as attorney generalMORE from assuming the White House. Electors from all 50 states cast their ballots on Monday, formally granting Biden more than the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to become the 46th president. 
Thus far, Brookss gambit has received no backing from senior GOP leaders. And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyRep. Paul Mitchell leaving GOPMembers of both parties hail Supreme Court decisionPelosi: GOP ‘brought dishonor to the House’ for supporting election lawsuitMORE (R-Calif.) seemed to tip his hand in opposition to Brookss tactics on Monday, telling the Fox Business Network that taking election challenges to Congress is the wrong method.
The president is right to go to the courts, have his legal challenges heard, McCarthy said. And he said he still has more opportunity to do that. So we’ll wade through and see what happens.
Still, the top House Republicans McCarthy and Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Mastercard – Today: Vaccine distribution starts, Electoral College meets.Sunday shows – Focus shifts to vaccine rolloutWallace grills Scalise on Texas lawsuit: ‘You were talking about disenfranchising the 10 million Biden voters’MORE (La.) are facing increasing pressure from the right to get on board, even as doing so would highlight internal discord in the earliest days of the next Congress, just as Republicans are hoping to unite in opposition to Bidens zealous legislative plans.
Both McCarthy and Scalise, key Trump allies, joined more than 120 House Republicans in backing the Texas lawsuit last week seeking to overturn the election results in several battleground states a suit the Supreme Court rejected on Friday. But so far, the two top ambitious GOP leaders both of whom would need Freedom Caucus support in any future bid to become Speaker have largely steered clear of the prickly issue.
Spokespeople for both McCarthy and Scalise did not respond to questions about whether the leaders support conservatives effort to contest the election results in Congress. 
The No. 3 Republican in leadership, Conference Chair Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse Republicans who didn’t sign onto the Texas lawsuitSenate passes defense bill, setting up Trump veto fightThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – COVID-19 vaccine moves ahead. Congress? Not so muchMORE (R-Wyo.), has been much more skeptical of Trumps claims of widespread voter fraud. If Trumps challenges are unsuccessful in the court system, Cheney has said, the president should fulfill his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States by respecting the sanctity of our electoral process.
Rep. Paul MitchellPaul MitchellHouse Republicans who didn’t sign onto the Texas lawsuitGOP lawmaker to Trump: Drop election argument ‘for the sake of our Nation’Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this yearMORE (R-Mich.), a Michigan conservative whos retiring at the end of this term, took those criticisms a long step further on Monday, announcing that he is leaving the Republican Party to protest what he characterized as the GOPs blanket decision to treat our election system as though we are a third- world nation.
If Republican leaders collectively sit back and tolerate unfounded conspiracy theories and stop the steal rallies without speaking out for our electoral process our nation will be damaged, Mitchell wrote in a letter to McCarthy and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielRep. Paul Mitchell leaving GOPJuan Williams: Trump is feasting on a dying GOPTrump campaign, RNC announce 0 million post-election fundraising haulMORE.
Asked how much support there was in the GOP conference for Brookss effort, another conservative GOP lawmaker tersely replied: Little to none.   
There are several reasons why many Republicans are wary of Brookss last-ditch effort to block Biden from the presidency. While both McCarthy and Scalise have refused to acknowledge Biden as the president-elect, there is a fear among Republicans that prolonged attacks on the electoral system could dampen GOP turnout in the pair of crucial Senate runoffs in Georgia, set for Jan. 5, one day before Congress will meet to certify the presidential election results. 
Those two Georgia seats will determine which party controls the Senate, which could be the last line of defense against a White House and House controlled by the Democrats come Jan. 20.
GOP leaders also dont want to highlight a huge internal clash the same week Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: US sanctions NATO ally Turkey over Russian defense system | Veterans groups, top Democrats call for Wilkie’s resignation | Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon boardOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Countries roll out 2030 Paris Accord goals amid US absence | Biden eyes new EPA picks as Nichols reportedly falls from favor | Kerry faces big job on climate, US credibilityBipartisan group unveils two-part 8 billion coronavirus packageMORE (D-Calif.) will be wrangling votes to remain in power for another two years a tough vote given the Democrats razor-thin majority. As the 117th Congress kicks off, Republicans would much rather have the media spotlight on infighting on the other side of the aisle.
In fact, McCarthy himself has said that one of the greatest lessons House Republicans learned from their successful 2020 cycle was that if they stick together, they can flip Democratic seats. So, McCarthy, who is in prime position to become Speaker if the GOP wins back a handful of seats in 2022, is promoting unity in his growing conference. 
We’ve watched the benefits of staying together, McCarthy recently told The Hill. By staying together we won seats, by staying together we expanded this party.
Brooks, however, remains unmoved. He plans to use the floor action on Jan. 6, when the House will meet to validate the presidential outcome, to challenge the veracity of the state-certified results, which electors around the country voted to formalize on Monday. 
Trump and his closest allies have claimed, without evidence, that the presidents defeat came only as the result of widespread voter fraud. And Brooks intends to challenge the outcome in five key battleground states Georgia, Nevada, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Arizona that helped deliver Bidens victory. 
Trumps attorneys and state allies have brought similar challenges before the courts, but virtually all of them have been rejected, including the Supreme Courts decision last week to dismiss Texass claims of widespread voting irregularities in four of those states. 
Brooks, in taking his case to Congress, maintains that the power of the legislative branch eclipses that of the judiciary when it comes to election oversight.
Congress is the ultimate arbiter of who wins presidential contests, not the Supreme Court, Brooks tweeted over the weekend. Americas Founders didnt want unelected, dictatorial judges making these decision. Judiciary isnt equipped or empowered to decide contested federal elections. 
To force a vote on the House floor, Brooks also needs the endorsement of at least one senator. A pair of Republicans in the upper chamber, Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate GOP leaders seek to put an end to election disputesThis week: Congress braces for chaotic finishTrump allies in Congress to challenge election results: reportMORE (Wis.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate GOP leaders seek to put an end to election disputesThis week: Congress braces for chaotic finishTrump allies in Congress to challenge election results: reportMORE (Ky.)  have suggested some interest in signing on, though they have not yet committed to doing so. 
Johnson, the chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is separately using his perch atop that panel to investigate what he deems voting irregularities in certain states. 
What we can explain, we will take that off the table, Johnson told Fox News on Sunday. But if things are unexplained, we need to further investigate. 
Brookss procedural maneuver is hardly the first time a House lawmaker has sought to block a presidential outcome on the chamber floor. In early 2017, just days before Trumps swearing in, liberal Democratic Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalProgressives frustrated with representation as Biden Cabinet takes shapeCongressional Progressive Caucus announces new leadership teamWomen make record-breaking gains across state legislaturesMORE (Wash.) had challenged Trumps Electoral College victory, alleging that long lines at the polls in Georgia were an unfair barrier to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMormon church congratulates Biden after Electoral College voteOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Countries roll out 2030 Paris Accord goals amid US absence | Biden eyes new EPA picks as Nichols reportedly falls from favor | Kerry faces big job on climate, US credibilityClintons cast Electoral College votes for Biden and HarrisMOREs campaign. 
Presiding over the chamber at the time was Joe Biden, then the vice president, who quickly shut down the endeavor, noting that Jayapal, just days into her first year on Capitol Hill, had not secured the support of a senator. 
There is no debate, Biden said from the dais with a bang of the gavel. It is over.