In recent days, more Republicans have come forward, although party leaders and the vast majority of Republican congresses continue to support Trump’s efforts to challenge the results.
Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Kay Granger of Texas and Fred Upton of Michigan – all senior Republicans – have raised concerns about the transition in recent days.
“If there is any chance that Joe Biden will be the next president and he seems to have a very good chance, the Trump administration must provide the Biden team with all the transition materials, resources and meetings needed to ensure a smooth transition so that both countries to be ready on the first day. This should be especially true, for example, of the spread of vaccines, “wrote Alexander, who chairs the influential Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, in a statement Friday, stressing the impact the transition could have a pandemic response.
Similarly, when asked about Trump’s efforts to overturn Friday’s election results, Granger told CNN he had “great concerns about it,” adding: “I think it’s time to move on.”
Granger, a Texas veteran, added Friday that Trump needs to be transparent about the situation.
“I think it’s time for him to really realize and be very clear about what’s going on,” Granger said.
Asked Thursday if Trump should step down, Upton, a senior Republican from Michigan who was targeted by Democrats but won his 16-point re-election, said, “Yes. I think it’s all said and done.”
Upton also denied all evidence of voter fraud in his home state.
Illinois Republican MP Adam Kinzinger said he was worried that Trump’s allegations were shaking the core of democracy.
“What I have a real problem with is making baseless allegations of fraud and illegitimacy,” Kinzinger said. “And that has a really damaging effect.”
A source in the GOP Senate told CNN that the combination of Giuliani’s press conference, as well as the president’s interference in the election process in Michigan, caused some GOP senators to reconsider their silence. This source says that most hoped that Trump’s tirade would develop by now, but his actions in the last 24 hours make this hope seem more and more distant.
According to the same source, a handful of GP senators are talking about whether and how to intervene in a way that will be most effective for the president. There has been some talk of trying to talk to Trump and beg him to come out loud, advertising victories in the House, as well as helping him win two outstanding seats in the U.S. Senate in Georgia and take credit for Covid-19 movement vaccines, among other achievements.
However, the source stressed that this is not a leadership position at the moment – more Republicans.
Even as some Republican lawmakers begin talking about Trump’s attacks on the election results, a number of Republicans continue to support the president – and some support his longtime strategy of winning Electoral College and undermining the will of voters in key battlefields.
North Carolina Republican Richard Hudson, who will serve on the parliamentary congressional leadership team, described the Trump team’s baseless allegations as “breathtaking” and “serious enough to be investigated.”
Hudson said yes, states should postpone verification of the results until the allegations are “adequately investigated.”
Asked if it would be okay if state legislatures nominated voters who differed from the results of the vote count in their states, Hudson told CNN: “Yes, this is the constitutional process.”
“I mean, it’s breathtaking to think,” Hudson said of the allegations. “And if that’s not true, then there must be an estimate on our part.”
Federal law encourages states to resolve counting disputes by Dec. 8, six days before voters meet in their capitals to vote. If Biden’s victory is confirmed by December 8, Congress must recognize voters who support Biden.
According to the long-range shot theory, Republican-led lawmakers could appoint pro-Trump lists of presidential voters, even if Biden held a popular vote in their state, provided the state did not certify the vote in time.
Asked Thursday whether his state should delay the certification of the election, Arizona spokesman Paul Gosar told CNN: “I think it should.” Gosar also said that “the state has the ability” to nominate its voters to the Electoral College if the results are not certified as part of “the system created by our founders.” Asked if he would support the state legislature, which names its own voters, Gosar said, “I do.”
This story was updated with additional developments on Friday.
CNN’s Dana Bash and Sarah Fortinski contributed to this report.