Mr. Brooks tried to get support. He met with about half a dozen senators, including Utah’s Mike Lee, and separately with the conservative House Freedom Caucus last week.
“My # 1 goal is to fix a badly flawed American electoral system that is too easy to fraud and steal,” said Brooks. “A possible bonus for achieving this goal is that if you only count legitimate votes from legitimate American citizens and exclude all illegal votes, Donald Trump would officially win the electoral college, as I believe he actually did.”
It remains unclear how broad a coalition could be. More than 60 percent of Republicans in the House of Representatives, including the two top party leaders, joined a legal letter backing the unsuccessful Texas lawsuit and asking the Supreme Court to overturn the election results. But it is one thing to sign a legal mandate and another to officially challenge the outcome on the floor of the house.
Some Republicans, including Representative Scott Perry from Pennsylvania and Representative Matt Gaetz from Florida, have also signaled that they could support an appeal. Mr. Brooks said he had spoken to other interested parties. But prominent allies of the president who have plunged headlong into previous fights, such as representative Jim Jordan from Ohio or even the minority leader of the House of Representatives, representative Kevin McCarthy from California, have so far been publicly noncommittal.
“All eyes are on January 6,” Gaetz said Friday night on Fox News after the Supreme Court dismissed the Texas lawsuit. “I suspect there will be some debate and discourse in Congress as we go through the voter certification process. We still believe there is evidence that needs to be considered. “
Kentucky Republican Mr Paul said he would “wait and see how all legal cases play out” before deciding what to do.
Mr Johnson plans to hold a hearing this week “investigating the irregularities in the 2020 election,” and Ken Starr, the former independent attorney who is a right-wing favorite, and at least two attorneys who stand up for Mr Trump have pronounced introduces. Whether he will question the results on Jan. 6, he told reporters last week, “depends on what we find out.”
Maggie Haberman contributed to the coverage.