Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano, a Republican, said Friday that the GOP-controlled state legislature will make a bid to reclaim its power to appoint the state's electors to the Electoral College, saying they could start the process on Monday, Nov. 30.
Mastriano told War Room that he has been in communication with Republican Pennsylvania House and Senate members to reclaim their constitutional authority from the secretary of state's office. The reason why, he said, is due to a hearing in Gettysburg with GOP state senators that heard witness testimony from poll watchers and others who alleged there were significant irregularities and fraud during the presidential election.
He said that about half of the state GOP House and Senate leaders and legislators support the move to reclaim their constitutional authority. Both the State House and Senate are controlled by Republicans.
Mastriano then acknowledged that the legislature will attempt to take the power back from the Democratic governor and secretary of state offices over electors.
"That is exactly what we’re going to do," he added, saying that it will "obviously be a struggle."
"We're gonna hear the palpitations and you know the outcries of our Governor [Tom] Wolf and Secretary [of State Kathy] Boockvar, whose resignation should have happened months ago and she shouldn’t have ever been confirmed," the Pennsylvania Republican said on the show.
During the hearing on Wednesday, Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis called on the legislature to exercise their constitutionally given authority.
One possible method, she said, is for the legislature to call for a special election. Ellis also noted that state legislators "can direct the manner of your electors … one option should not be to ignore it and certify a corrupted, irredeemably compromised election.”
Boockvar, the secretary of state and chief election officer in the state, has said she has seen no evidence of voter fraud or mass irregularities that would overturn the election results in the state. State data shows that Biden leads Trump by about 80,000 votes. Other secretaries in other states where the results are being challenged have made similar claims.