Marjorie Taylor Greene and Ted Cruz urged Kelly Loeffler to join efforts to object to the 2020 election results on January 6: texts

[MSN] Marjorie Taylor Greene and Ted Cruz urged Kelly Loeffler to join efforts to object to the 2020 election results on January 6: texts

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Marjorie Taylor Greene holds a joint press conference with U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) on October 15, 2020 in Dallas, Georgia. Dustin Chambers/Getty Images Marjorie Taylor Greene and Ted Cruz reached out to Kelly Loeffler ahead of January 6 about joining efforts to object to the 2020 election results. Loeffler at the time had been vying to hold on to her Senate seat in a special election on January 5. Loeffler said that she would object to the results on January 6, but changed her mind after rioters stormed the Capitol. 

Then-Congresswoman-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene and Sen. Ted Cruz encouraged then-Sen. Kelly Loeffler to join efforts to object to the 2020 election results on January 6, according to text messages obtained by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Greene reached out to Loeffler about a month after Election Day in 2020, when then-President Donald Trump and his allies had been attempting to challenge Joe Biden's victory in several battleground states.

"I need to talk with you about a plan we are developing on how to vote on the electoral college votes on Jan 6th," the incoming Georgia lawmaker texted Loeffler on December 2, 2020. "I need a Senator! And I think this is a major help for you to win on the 5th!!" Loeffler, at the time, had been vying to hold on to her Senate seat in a special election against Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock. 

In another text on December 20, Greene invited Loeffler to a White House meeting with Trump and his legal team for an "informational" and "planning session" about challenging the Electoral College votes when Congress met to certify the 2020 results on January 6.

Loeffler responded that she would be with Trump's daughter and senior advisor, Ivanka Trump, during that scheduled meeting but added, "everything is on the table with regard to Jan 6."

Greene's office did not immediately return Insider's request for comment.

As her election neared, Loeffler received more text messages from lawmakers and aides, pressing her to take a position on whether she'd object to the 2020 election results.

Cruz had messaged Loeffler about joining a proposed statement about objecting to the results, which read in part, "Accordingly, [I/we] intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors as not 'regularly made' and 'lawfully certified' (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed," according to texts obtained by Politico.

A spokesman for Cruz responded to the texts in a statement to Insider, saying: "As Senator Cruz has stated before, had Congress followed the path he urged and appointed an Election Commission to conduct an emergency 10-day audit and consider on the merits the evidence of voter fraud, the American people would today have much greater confidence and trust in the integrity of our elections and our democracy."

Loeffler announced on the eve of her election that she would object to the results on January 6. She lost to Warnock, and ended up changing her position on objecting to the results after rioters stormed the Capitol. 

Politico and the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that they received a 59-page log of text messages from an anonymous sender. A spokesperson for Loeffler told the news organizations that the messages were an attempt to distract from the midterm elections.

Source: MSN