Sen. Jim Inhofe says he won’t vote to challenge Electoral College results

Sen. Jim Inhofe says he won’t vote to challenge Electoral College results
FILE - FOX23's Rick Maranon was the first to tell Sen. Inhofe that he had won re-election

TULSA, Okla. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) broke from the ranks of fellow Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford on Tuesday by announcing he won’t vote to challenge the certification of the Electoral College results.

President Donald Trump and a handful of Republicans including Lankford are working to challenge the election results on Wednesday that would find Joe Biden as the next President of the United States.

Content Continues Below

“I took an oath to ‘support and defend’ the Constitution and to ‘bear true faith and allegiance to the same,’” Inhofe said in a statement released on Tuesday.

“It is an oath I take very seriously, and in my 34 years in federal office, I have not and will not violate my oath,” he said.

Inhofe says he was disappointed with the election results, but will not vote to challenge the outcome.

“I hear the frustration and anger from so many of my constituents – and believe me when I say that no one was more disappointed in the outcome of the presidential election on November 3 than me,” Inhofe said.

We have a lot of work to do to restore all Americans’ confidence that our elections are held freely and fairly, with every legal vote counted—and are starting that work now.”

See Inhofe’s full statement here:

“On Sunday, I was sworn in for my fifth full term in the United States Senate. While being sworn, I took an oath to ‘support and defend’ the Constitution and to ‘bear true faith and allegiance to the same.’ It is an oath I take very seriously, and in my 34 years in federal office, I have not and will not violate my oath. When talking about my work in the Senate, I often reference the Constitution – it’s the guide for my legislative priorities: defending America and infrastructure. Just as the Constitution is clear about what should be Congress’ top priorities, it is also clear that the power to govern our Presidential elections, including certification and recounts, is explicitly delegated to the states in Article II, Section I. Furthermore, any questions about the electoral process or validity of results may only be constitutionally adjudicated in the courts. My job on Wednesday is clear, and there are only two things I am permitted to do under the Constitution: ensure the electors are properly certified and count the electoral votes, even when I disagree with the outcome. To challenge a state’s certification, given how specific the Constitution is, would be a violation of my oath of office—that is not something I am willing to do and is not something Oklahomans would want me to do. I hear the frustration and anger from so many of my constituents – and believe me when I say that no one was more disappointed in the outcome of the presidential election on November 3 than me. I wanted President Trump to win. I supported him every step of the way – highlighting regularly all he has accomplished in the past four years and authoring the Trump Top 10 card. I understand so many have uncertainty and are questioning of the integrity of our elections. We have a lot of work to do to restore all Americans’ confidence that our elections are held freely and fairly, with every legal vote counted—and are starting that work now.”
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)