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U.S. Rep. Andy Harris says he will not resign despite some calling for his resignation

Republican Andy Harris retains District 1 Congressional seat
Posted at 12:45 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 13:43:49-05

MARYLAND — The Maryland Democratic Party is calling on U.S. Rep. Andy Harris to resign immediately.

“Make no mistake, the Republican members of Congress who instigated this violence — including Representative Harris — are complicit in this attempted insurrection,” said in a statement by the Maryland Democratic Party. “They have blood on their hands.”

“Representative Harris’ actions have been nothing short of an attack on our democracy, a betrayal of those who he represents, and an attempt to overturn a legitimate election in favor of a wannabe authoritarian. His conduct is a disgrace to the First Congressional District, and to all the people of Maryland. He should resign -- immediately," continued the Maryland Democratic Party.

Police say one woman was shot by U.S. Capitol Police, later dying at the hospital, and three others died in medical emergencies as President Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

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Harris was among the those who voted to contest the presidential election results.

Early Thursday, the Electoral College vote in Joe Biden’s favor was confirmed.

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In a statement issued on Facebook before the votes, Harris reiterated concerns about voter fraud during the presidential election.

“If there truly is not a single fraudulent vote — that’s great,” Harris wrote. “If there’s some fraudulent votes, even if there’s not enough to sway an election — we should still care to catch them and prosecute. If there’s a bigger fraud that’s occurred that did change an election (local, state, or federal) then we must correct the situation and stop it from happening again in the future.”

Harris said in his post that he “wholeheartedly condemn[s]” the mob violence at the Capitol.

Harris issued the following statement on Thursday in response to counting of the Electoral College votes and the violent protests in the Capitol Building:

“I have routinely and consistently rejected violent protests, whether in the case of yesterday, or last summer. Democrats are calling for unity, yet also calling for the expulsion of Members who objected in yesterday’s Electoral College count. Today, some Marylanders are even calling for my resignation, which I will not do. My colleagues and I held legitimate Constitutional concerns about how the November election was conducted in certain states and felt compelled to highlight those concerns during the formal vote count. We did not call for the overthrowing of an election. Joe Biden will be President on January 20th. Some of my colleagues, including those still in the Maryland delegation, offered objections in 2017 when counting the electoral votes for President Trump. Congress is afforded the right to count, and object, to electoral votes, which we utilized yesterday to highlight concerns we had regarding the November election. There was nothing treasonous or seditious about it in 2017, nor this year.”

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