U.S. Senator McConnell Backs President, Says Trump Within His Rights to Probe Election 'Irregularities'

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said President Donald Trump was completely within his rights to look into “irregularities” from last week’s election.

In a speech on the Senate floor, the Republican leader did not acknowledge Democrat Joe Biden as president-elect or Kamala Harris as vice president-elect.

“President Trump is 100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” McConnell said.

Earlier on Monday, two other Republican senators, Susan Collins and Ben Sasse, congratulated Biden, with Collins emphasizing the importance of the transition that ensures that the president-elect and Harris are ready to govern on Jan. 20.

“He loves this country, and I wish him every success,” Collins said in a statement. She and Sasse were among only a handful of Republican senators to congratulate the Democrat after he won enough electoral votes on Saturday to clinch the presidency.

Collins, who last week won her own re-election race, also said Republican incumbent Trump should have the opportunity to challenge the results of Tuesday’s election, however.

Trump has not conceded and is pursuing legal challenges to the outcome, claiming electoral [ … ]

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