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    Sen. Sullivan defends decision to certify election for Joe Biden

    By AlaskaWatchman.com

    Sen. Dan Sullivan issued a letter defending his Jan. 6 decision to approve the Electoral College votes which officially certified Joe Biden as president elect.

    The 2,000-plus word letter also addresses the violence that took place at the Capitol building on Jan. 6 following a peaceful protest of hundreds of thousands of Trump supporters. Sullivan condemned those who forced their way into the halls of Congress as legislators were voting on the Electoral votes from each state.

    Sullivan was criticized by thousands of Alaskans for not speaking out in support of Trump’s effort to have the electoral votes from several states thrown out due to concerns about voter fraud and irregularities. Sullivan said his silence on the matter was purposeful.

    “I have refrained from talking to the media before I could fully absorb all of the material — particularly the relevant constitutional provisions, historical record, precedents, and input from Alaskans and fellow senators,” he said in the Jan. 9 letter. Sullivan noted that he was also focusing in on how his actions might set future precedents regarding constitutional norms and states’ rights.

    “…thousands of Alaskans, question the legitimacy of the outcome of this election and the integrity of the American electoral process.”

    He admitted that “many Alaskans” encouraged him to join Sen. Ted Cruz and others in challenging the electoral votes in certain states, which he ultimately refused to do. He said he was unwilling to join this cause due to his concern that “Congress would be dramatically expanding its limited constitutional role in presidential elections by usurping the explicit constitutional power of the states and the people to elect the President.”

    Despite voting to confirm Biden’s Electoral College victory, Sullivan did say he was “deeply concerned that the incoming Biden administration will work to undermine much of the historic progress we have made during the Trump administration that has positively impacted working families, our economy, our military and veterans, access to our lands, Alaska Native communities, and the federal judiciary.”

    His letter also noted the imperative to restore confidence in election integrity.

    “It is increasingly clear that tens of millions of Americans, including thousands of Alaskans, question the legitimacy of the outcome of this election and the integrity of the American electoral process,” Sullivan wrote. “This should trouble all Americans, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent. These concerns should not be dismissed.”

    He emphasized that it is “vitally important that Americans have confidence in election integrity.” To this end he has joined several other U.S. Senators to introduce a bill that calls for the establishment of a “9/11-type commission that will bring transparency to many of the issues and irregularities of the 2020 election with the goal of advancing state-led reforms that will protect and enhance the integrity of our electoral systems.”

    With regards to the belief that there was substantial election fraud in the 2020 presidential contest, Sullivan walked a fine line.

    “Elections are often contested, and commonly involve all manner of recounts and legal challenges — 2020 was no exception,” he said. “The pandemic, and the unprecedented number of mail-in and absentee ballots cast, made those challenges all the more pronounced. I supported the Trump campaign’s right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges through our courts. In our constitutional system of government, this is how electoral disputes and allegations of fraud are resolved.”

    Sullivan noted, however, that legal challenges in six battleground states, never gained sufficient traction.

    Fundamentally, Sullivan opposed the challenge to electoral votes based on his view that Congress is limited in its power to reject state electors.

    “While some instances of election fraud and irregularities have undoubtedly occurred, no Supreme Court justice, state or federal judge, state legislature, or governor found sufficient evidence to overturn their state’s election results,” he said. “Of the six states to which questions have been raised, five have state legislatures controlled by Republicans and two have Republican governors. Pursuant to their constitutional obligations, each of these states has certified Electoral College slates to be counted by the Congress. No state submitted multiple slates of electoral votes.”

    But Sullivan acknowledged that there are many who are convinced that widespread fraud took place.

    “They encouraged me to join efforts by some of my Republican Senate colleagues to object to the counting of certain electoral votes,” he said, before explaining  that such objections “would not have resulted in a second term for President Trump.”

    That’s because it would have taken both the U.S. House and the Senate to vote in favor of throwing out Electoral College votes from any given state. Since the Democratic controlled House was certain to reject any attempt at throwing out Biden votes, the effort was largely a way to simply “raise the issue of election integrity,” he noted.

    Fundamentally, Sullivan opposed the challenge to electoral votes based on his view that Congress is limited in its power to reject state electors.

    “These Alaskans should not be confused with or lumped together with those who perpetrated violence in the historic halls of the U.S. Capitol.”

    “Such a precedent would be unwise and troubling, especially for states like Alaska,” he claimed. “It could create a system that would allow the President to ultimately be chosen by whichever political party controls the Congress, overriding the power of the states.”

    Sullivan concluded his letter by noting that he was “saddened and angered by the violence that engulfed the Capitol” on Jan 6, and that he wished “fervently that President Trump had accepted the results of the election, and more forcefully and earlier repudiated the violence on that sad day.”

    He then emphasized that the violence that took place on Jan. 6 should not be used as tool to condemn the vast majority of Trump supporters.

    “These Alaskans should not be confused with or lumped together with those who perpetrated violence in the historic halls of the U.S. Capitol. Working with Alaskans, the Trump administration helped our state make historic progress on a variety of issues that positively impact working families, our economy, our military and veterans, access to our lands, Alaska Native communities, and the federal judiciary,” he said.

    TAKING ACTION

    To contact Sen. Sullivan, call (202) 224-3004, or visit www.sullivan.senate.gov.

    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    1. hmmmm…why did it take 2000 words to explain “his position”…brevity is the bi-word….not a lot of surplusage…

    2. Elections don’t matter anymore, and they benefit traitors like this shitstain. All peaceful options to reform our government are gone, oh well we tried.

    3. Things are changing. The US Constitution gives guidance for what freemen may do is when their public servants establish extra-constitutional powers to themselves not enumerated by the Constitution. Everyone should review source creation documents. The dicuments may not say what it is believed they say.

    4. Things are changing. The US Constitution gives guidance for what freemen may do when public servants establish extra-constitutional powers to themselves not enumerated by the Constitution. Everyone should review source creation documents. The documents may not say what it is believed they say.

    5. another carpet-bagging never-was-alaskan traitor
      when are we going to realize there is only one omni-party?
      Commies killed 80 million
      Conservatives can’t even conserve girls bathrooms

    6. I found this well stated and carefully thought out. It was not an easy decision and Senator Sullivan is a conservative and also cautious and methodical. Election integrity needs to be restored and I pray there is huge effort across the board to correct election integrity. There should be picture I.D. required, no mail in ballots allowed, and every ballot fed into a voting machine should be matched with the voter records. I would like to see a move back to paper ballots but at very least the machines should be scrutinized by top IT experts and then all numbers of votes accounted for, verified with the stack of ballots fed into the machines, on a regular basis. This is a lot of work and I’m sure much could be added. it certainly does not sound like any of this occurred anywhere.

      • He did not say there was not massive voter fraud. He dodged the most important issue. It is the responsibility of Congress to at least investigate when 70 % of the people believe there was fraud. To take ten days to investigate might have quelled the anger over what many consider a stolen election.

        • Exactly the point Senator Cruz and many others in both houses of Congress was making. In NONE of the lawsuits filed throughout the country was evidence of what I will call “irregularities” even heard. THAT is why over 70 million American voters that voted for Trump, not to mention a sizeable amount of Independents and even Democrats wanted the evidence to, at least, be heard by SOMEONE. Sen. Sullivan and Murkowski and Don Young did not allow this; they are among those responsible for the Capital violence, not the President who only sought the remedies allowed in the Constitution. Don’t forget the Democrats have contested the last 3 elections that voted in Republican presidents.

    7. This is my response to Senator Dan Sullivan. By all means, state you views at https://www.sullivan.senate.gov/contact/email

      Mike Coons
      President, Matsu Chapter, AMAC Action

      Dan, I thought that 2020 was bad and will go down in history as one of the worse years in history, however, with what you and the majority in the Congress did will show that 2021 and beyond is the start of a dictatorship and takeover by the Socialist’s! That said.
      “Many Alaskans encouraged me to join some of my fellow senators in objecting to certain states’ Electoral College votes, but as I explain more fully below, I believe that by objecting to the votes of the Electoral College, Congress would be dramatically expanding its limited constitutional role in presidential elections by usurping the explicit constitutional power of the states and the people to elect the President. This would set unwise and troubling precedents, especially for Alaska. ” The reason for the objections and the appointing a commission for 10 days, which had historical precedents was because the elections in 6 States were illegal. Pure and simple. We were not asking for Congress to over-ride rightful votes for Biden, if he had won, fair and square. There are mountains of evidence, one of the Congressmen from Arizona submitted stacks of documents proving the fraud. But did you and the Senate look at it? No. Did the House? NO! As sad and in a lot of ways even sadder was that the courts refused to even look at the evidence and then said the President, the States, the voters had no right to bring forward the evidence, nor to call for the Judge to even review, much less rule on that evidence! That was from the Circuit to SCOTUS! Believe me Dan, I have NO faith in our Elections nor our Judicial system, NONE AT ALL!
      “But, ultimately, my oath is to the Constitution and the laws of our nation.” Yes, to both and the latter is to the RULE OF LAW! You can’t support the rule of law while allowing gross violations of that law that is in your face, much less the Judges faces! Look at Wisconsin’s Supreme Court ruling, the Chief Justice was hot against the blatant actions of the 4 Justices! Hell, look at Alaska! Lance Pruitt had, do nothing Judges, when he proved the fraud and the actions of the Division of Elections had screwed up the precinct so bad that people that were going to vote, when they went to the closed precinct, the went home and did not vote! Much less the ballot harvesting and lies from his opposition in court! Yet the lower court kinda sorta sided with him but didn’t have the guts to rule for a new election, so that the Supreme Court was given the out to do the same! Again Dan I have ZERO faith in our Judiciary and especially with our Supreme Court, both at the State and Federal levels!
      “I, along with a number of my colleagues, introduced on January 6, 2021, one of the first bills of the 117th Congress that calls for the establishment of a 9/11-type commission that will bring transparency to many of the issues and irregularities of the 2020 election with the goal of advancing state-led reforms that will protect and enhance the integrity of our electoral systems. ” TOO DAMN LATE!
      ” unprecedented number of mail-in and absentee ballots cast,” Many of those in States that never had done mail in and the legislatures did NOT AUTHORIZE but elected socialist Judges in PA allowed it anyway! GRRR Gee Dan, think I’m a little pissed off?
      “Numerous legal challenges have been heard across the six battleground states, including many before Republican-appointed judges. There were also appeals and reviews by the U.S. Supreme Court and investigations by the Department of Justice, under the leadership of Attorney General Barr. While some instances of election fraud and irregularities have undoubtedly occurred, no Supreme Court justice, state or federal judge, state legislature, or governor found sufficient evidence to overturn their state’s election results. Of the six states to which questions have been raised, five have state legislatures controlled by Republicans and two have Republican governors. Pursuant to their constitutional obligations, each of these states has certified Electoral College slates to be counted by the Congress. No state submitted multiple slates of electoral votes.” Dan that was because, even those Judges that were picked and nominated and confirmed by President Trump were and are GUTLESS! Again, Judges refused to read the evidence and in Nevada, he didn’t give a damn even after he said he read the evidence!
      “Nevertheless, many are still convinced that widespread fraud took place. They encouraged me to join efforts by some of my Republican Senate colleagues to object to the counting of certain electoral votes. But it needs to be said that such objections would not have resulted in a second term for President Trump. The vote by a Joint Session of Congress on January 6 was never going to produce this result, even though many were misled into believing that this could happen.” Again Dan, you got it wrong! Sure we knew that the Socialists were never going to vote to turn this around. However, we Alaskans and across the nation wanted you and those whom say they stand for the law to vote Yes, along with Cruz, Kennedy, Hawley and others. But you didn’t, which I can tell you with full certainty that my AMAC members are highly pissed off that you didn’t stand tall for the election process and the Constitution! I know, I asked Saturday!
      “For that reason, Republican senators seeking to object to the Electoral College vote emphasized that they were taking such actions as a way to “raise the issue of election integrity.” Well at least they had the guts!
      Your two paragraphs on Article II miss one thing that was not done. You and I took an oath to protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That in my boat includes Criminal acts against that same Constitution by domestic enemies like those that violated about every law in the books on elections! Sure, you can hide in the strict letter of Article II and the 12th Amendment and for some that will appease them, I does no such thing for me!
      “I was saddened and angered by the violence that engulfed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and I wish fervently that President Trump had accepted the results of the election, and more forcefully and earlier repudiated the violence on that sad day.” This statement angers me more than you can know! I sat and watched Chucky, Durbin, Danang Blumenthal, and all of Socialist Senators attack the President and do everything including calling him a traitor and not one damn word from you or others, not one! Why in the world should he have accepted a totally fraudulent election? Why? Would you if someone pulled this same stunt in your Senate race? Hell, Gross did ballot harvesting, the media suppressed your comments and accomplishments! So, would you not have fought just as hard with so much evidence of fraud? Sure you would have! If you didn’t then you sure as hell wouldn’t be worthy! First of all at his speech before the march on the capitol (like so many others in the past!) he called for calm and peaceful demonstrations! He never once indicated it was OK to do otherwise! Then when he tried to use social media to call for calm, Twitter blocked both the tweet and the video! The MSM did the same! Then social media had the gall to block him? No Dan, there never was any intent by us to be violent! That was ANTIFA AND BLM and I don’t give a damn what the deputy director of the FBI said, because I have lost all faith in the FBI as well!
      “On January 6, 2021, the world witnessed our Capitol under siege. On January 20, our country will swear in the 46th President of the United States. The world will witness the cornerstone of our democracy, a peaceful transfer of power—like there has been in our country for more than 200 years. Our Constitution will remain strong.” Yes Dan the world did witness our nation under siege, but not as you see it! It was and has been under siege since Jan 20, 2017 and before! For more than 4 years the Socialists have put together a coup against, not just Donald Trump, but the office of the Presidency, our Constitution and our PEOPLE! Sadly with a few short months of Biden before Nancy, Chuck and Camella Harris remove him, our Constitution will be ripped to shreds and there will be an attempt to turn us into the new USSR! When that happens, God help us all because the blood will flow far worse than the Civil War of 1863!
      I hope you can live with yourself and your votes. I know I cannot.
      Mike Coons
      President Matsu Chapter AMAC Action.

    8. 1. Requirement to be a resident in your community for 5 years before you can vote or run for office.
      2. Hand counted paper ballots.
      3. NO election advertising money allowed outside local community.
      4. Term Limits for all public offices.

    9. Dan, as a Marine you are undoubtedly familiar with the Marine Corps 14 leadership traits, which Marines memorize using the mnemonic JJDIDTIEBUCKLE. Lets see how many of these you failed at. Justice=Fail, Judgement=Fail, Dependability=Fail, Initiative=Fail, Decisiveness=Pass although only because you decisively screwed your constituents, Tact=Pass but it is overrated at a leadership trait anyway. Integrity= Major fail, Enthusiasm=pass, you enthusiastically screwed your constituents, Bearing=Pass, I’m sure you looked good while screwing your constituents, Unselfishness=Fail, Courage=Fail, Knowledge=Pass, you knowingly screwed your constituents, Loyalty=Major Fail, Endurance=Fail, you couldn’t fight through to the finish. Not impressed with your leadership Dan.

    10. By the mouth of 2-3 witnesses every matter shall be established. I know this doesn’t sound familiar to politicians these days, but it’s in that Book some of us still own and read called the Bible. How many sworn affidavits were there? And nobody was willing to listen to their testimonies, do a thorough investigation of their claims, or examine the evidence with a thorough forensic audit? Hmmm. If you really wanted to restore confidence in our elections, maybe you should’ve started there. How do you certify those “results” when the Bible our Constitution is based on so clearly outlines that justice involves examining the claims of the witnesses, which was never done by any court, secretary of state, governor, or legislator, as our Laws require? This is why we’re fed up. You politicians ignore the Bible, you ignore the Constitution, you ignore the Law, you ignore your constituents. This is why the people are starting to ignore you. This is why they are losing respect for the institution and the Law. You can’t let election fraud pass this time in hopes you might be able to prevent it with more legislation next time. They ignored the Laws they already have. You are letting them get away with it. What makes you think a Democrat House, Democrat Senate, and Democrat Administration in the White House will entertain any legislation you introduce to attempt to reign them in on their election fraud? Alaskans and Americans are smarter than that. We don’t want violence, because still have hope Trump can and will lay down insurrection against our country by the Dems, which would be ugly and hard to see, but if he doesn’t, I fear we’ll see something worse than the Civil War ever was. To think, all that’s needed to prevent violence and distrust is a thorough forensic audit, and our legislators won’t call for it

    11. As the head of the Executive Branch, why wouldn’t President Trump’s have the right and authority to put the insurrection down and ensure that the Laws governing our elections were and are followed? Of course he does.

    12. Joel Davidson, there was nothing peaceful about that protest. Its writers like you and media outlets like this one that mislead the American public. It’s very dangerous and at the core unpatriotic. We have a Constitution and laws for various reasons. Those domestic terrorists and thugs created a riot and looted the capitol building. They vandalized it with urine and feces. Treasonous acts like those deserve harsh punishment! I am not a fan of Lisa or Dan, but right is right any day of the week matter the party affiliation. We should be thankful that a good wholesome Christian man like Joe will actually lead our country with the expertise of Kamala. Two people with actual political experience

      • Wholesome Joe, the guy who likes so much that he can’t recognize the truth. Had to DROP out of a Presidential election bid, because….wait for it….he LIED. Kamala Harris? Expertise? Sleeping her way to the top, yeah I guess that requires some kind of skill… An abortion advocate beyond the norm, a child killer, a mocker of those she is supposed to serve in Cali… making fun of people she busted for drugs, while doing them in that moment… yea okay Lynette…. wake up.

    13. Sullivan Is done in Alaska. I will not make the mistake a second time and vote for him we elect a true conservative and Constitutionalist next time. We will start in 2022 with Murkowski and Young. Neither of these support anything but their own existence.

      • Yes, agreed, it’s time to dump Murkowski. She panders to the native corps and planned parenthood and doesn’t give one sh#t about anything else.

    14. If Sullivan, murkowski, and Young really believe all of what this guy said in 2000 words, then they need to answer the question: Why is the left so desparately trying to silence, and/or punish anyone who validly spoke out against the blatant voter fraud in the swing states, going so far as to shut down a free speech platform, Parler, and removing conservative voices from the public arena? What are they hiding, except a guilty conscience. Our legislators should be ashamed of their obvious weakness and ignorance. As for all of us, from the Book of Daniel… “All that you have done to us, O Lord, you have done with true judgment, for we have sinned against you and not obeyed your commandments. But give glory to your name and deal with us according to the bounty of your mercy.”

      • Amen……It’s not that they’re ignorant about what’s going on, they know. China wanted trump gone so he’s gone. Now the swamp can resume business as usual, selling out America.

    15. A great fraud has been perpetrated upon the American people and Dan wants to form a commission to study it, OMG……the damage is done, please resign, you have brought dishonor to our state and country by voting to accept a fraudulent election. The great awakening has arrived. Americans are discovering that our votes don’t really count. Like Beijing Biden stated, they have put together the most comprehensive/inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics. That’s pretty arrogant

    16. And don’t forget that courts in Alaska changed our election procedures this election, against Article II of the US Constitution which provides that ONLY the legislative branch can make or change them. They did this by allowing absentee ballots to be cast without the legislative mandate that they have a witness signature. Why isn’t anyone looking into this? Contact your state representative and senator…

    17. Little Danny boy made a conscious decision to turn his back on legitimate claims of election fraud.
      He’s dead to me now.
      I’ll never vote for him again.
      It’s time we all stop voting for RINOs – they are just bleeding is out slowly. Better to let the Prog/Comms come to power and bring this to a head – while we still have some piss and vinegar left in us.
      I feel secession is the only answer.
      Let them live in their commie utopian hell – I’ll take a society based on the US Constitution.

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