- The Washington Times - Friday, January 6, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Donald Trump appears poised to clear the final hurdle standing before his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.

Mrs. Pelosi said the last gasp push from a small band of House Democrats who apparently plan to object to the electoral vote returns are likely to flame out when a joint session of Congress is convenes Friday to certify the Mr. Trump’s 306 to 232 electoral vote triumph over Hillary Clinton, a Democrat.

“Donald Trump and Mike Pence will be elected president of the United States by virtue of the electoral college,” the California Democrat told reporters.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas told Politico that a group of about 10 House Democrats plan to challenge the vote count.

But Mrs. Jackson Lee appears to have failed to rally the support of a single member of the Senate, which is required to force both chambers to separately debate the objections.

Mr. Trump’s inauguration is set for Jan. 20 and will mark a culmination of a stunning political rise that has shocked members of both parties — namely Democrats who have tried to devise ways to block Mr. Trump from the White House in the wake of the election and griped about how Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote.

Mr. Pelosi said she is not encouraging the objections from members, but said she supports lawmakers airing their concerns about the election.

“It is not going to have an impact on the outcome of the election,” Mrs. Pelosi told reporters. “So that is not the point, but I think people don’t want the day to pass without raising concerns. In some cases, members are concerned about voter suppression. In some cases, they are concerned about Russian influence on our election, but really it is not going to have an impact at the end of the day.”

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