Pence 'welcomes' growing number of Republicans breaking ranks to deny Biden win as GOP leaders slam the 'dangerous ploy'

MIKE Pence has backed a group of Republicans planning to reject Joe Biden's win in Congress and push for a new probe into alleged fraud.

Vice President Pence has "welcomed" news that a group of 11 pro-Trump Republican Senators who on Saturday confirmed they were planning to challenge the result of the electoral college vote.

Pence's Chief of Staff, Marc Short, said in a statement on Saturday evening “Vice President Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election.

“The Vice President welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th."

Several backers of President Trump will join Missouri's Josh Hawley in rejecting Biden.

Missouri senator Hawley announced Wednesday that he will contest the electoral college vote certification that secured Biden's win.

His objection would guarantee debate and vote in the House and Senate on the Electoral College results, according to The Hill.

More are expected to follow when Congress reconvenes to formally validate the Electoral College votes on Jan 6.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has opposed the growing rebel group's intentions, saying their case would "dangerously threaten our Democratic Republic".

It said: "The congressional power to reject electors is reserved for the most extreme and unusual circumstances. These are far from it.

"More Americans participated in this election than ever before, and they made their choice. President Trump’s lawyers made their case before scores of courts; in every instance, they failed.

"The Justice Department found no evidence of irregularity sufficient to overturn the election. The Presidential Voter Fraud Commission disbanded without finding such evidence."

He also dismissed claims the senators were seeking to "restore trust in elections" as "nonsense".

“My fellow Senator Ted Cruz and the co-signers of his statement argue that rejection of electors or an election audit directed by Congress would restore trust in the election. Nonsense," it continued.

"This argument ignores the widely perceived reality that Congress is an overwhelmingly partisan body; the American people wisely place greater trust in the federal courts where judges serve for life.

"Members of Congress who would substitute their own partisan judgement for that of the courts do not enhance public trust, they imperil it."

“I could never have imagined seeing these things in the greatest democracy in the world. Has ambition so eclipsed principle?" added Romney in his statement.

Biden solidified his win after gaining 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232 after all 538 electors met in their respective states to cast their votes for president. 

But yesterday the rebel 11 released a statement confirming their rejection of the election result.

Ted Cruz is among the pro-Trump group rejecting the electoral college vote when it reaches Congress on Wednesday.

According to the Hill, the 11 Senators include Rand Paul, John Kennedy, Marsha Blackburn, James Lankford, Steve Daines and Mike Braun.

The rebel group also includes incoming senators Bill Hagerty (TN), Tommy Tuberville (AL) and Cynthia Lummis (WY), all of whom shared a ballot with Trump.

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