Another source familiar with the conference call told CNN that McConnell made it clear to its members on Thursday that he provided them with space to cast a conscience on such objections.
Before the conference call discussion, McConnell first discouraged members from opposing. However, since Holly has made it clear that he will move on, members will have to decide for themselves whether to agree to certify voters in the state. There will be 1
According to a second source familiar with the conference call, when Holly did not speak on the conference call, the retired Republican Pennsylvania Senator Pat Doumet explained to the conference why he believed the state was not one of the charges of election fraud. Very good test case.
The source added that Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson also talked about the importance of investigating election fraud in the conference call, but as he publicly stated, he does not intend to oppose the certification process of the Electoral College.
Two people with direct knowledge of what happened said that the conference call on Thursday morning was an all-hands meeting. In view of Covid-19 and scheduled interruption, McConnell held the meeting regularly. They said that the purpose of this conference call was not to clarify Hough’s decision, but McConnell asked him many times about his reasons, and then realized that he did not participate.
McConnell’s move was at a meeting when people became increasingly frustrated with Holley’s move, especially among those who are about to be re-elected in 2022. Some Republican senators publicly expressed their dissatisfaction on Wednesday, but more people directly raised their concerns with the leadership, one of the two said.
McConnell (McConnell) privately warned Republicans a few weeks ago that if opponents take the opposing route, colleagues will have to vote against Trump, or unfoundedly vote against the obvious winner of the election. Given Trump’s involvement with the party, this will create an untenable position, especially for Republican senators who are about to face re-election.
On Thursday’s conference call, McConnell tried to explain Hoffley through calls at least to some extent, in order to address members’ concerns about the leadership and give other senators an opportunity to raise their concerns. .
A Republican senator described most of the meeting to CNN, which was “angry.”
Holly told reporters on Wednesday that he had “changed” the leadership he planned to do, but he said that since everyone was out of town, he had not discussed it with his colleagues.
This story is discontinued and will be updated.
Kaitlan Collins of CNN contributed to this report.