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Banks: Congress should hold more hearings on 2020 election

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Indiana Third District US Rep. Jim Banks is one of 19 federal lawmakers to sign on to a letter seeking the launch of Congressional hearings on alleged election misconduct.

The letter -- championed by Alabama Republican US Rep. Mo Brooks -- was sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, along with certain committee chairs.

It calls for "voter fraud and election theft hearings and investigations" focused on the Nov. 3 election that propelled former Vice President Joe Biden to the presidency.

The signees are among some of the staunchest supporters of Pres. Donald Trump, who lost in his effort to secure a second term but who has unsuccessfully challenged the results while claiming widespread fraud.

In a tweet on Friday, Banks said he signed the letter because "the Constitution says state legislatures set the time, place and manner of the elections. There are countless examples of state legislatures being circumvented in the 2020 election."

The Electoral College on Monday cast its ballots 306-to-232 in favor of Biden. Congress will convene on Jan. 6 to formally count those votes.

Brooks has said he will object to the certification on that date. As of Friday, no US senator had confirmed that he or she will take the steps necessary as a member of the upper chamber to advance the challenge.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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