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Senior GOP lawmakers grow anxious over Trump's effort to overturn election results

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) walks from the Senate subway to the Senate chamber to cast a vote in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on February 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. After the House impeached Trump last year, the Senate votes today on whether to acquit or convict the President on two articles of impeachment as the trial concludes. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

A growing number of veteran GOP lawmakers are pushing back on President Donald Trump's tactics to overturn election results showing he lost the race, raising concerns that his tactics could hurt the US response to the coronavirus crisis and undercut a key pillar of democracy.

Washington, DC (CNN)A growing number of veteran GOP lawmakers are pushing back on President Donald Trump's tactics to overturn election results showing he lost the race, raising concerns that his tactics could hurt the US response to the coronavirus crisis and undercut a key pillar of democracy.

In recent days, more Republicans have spoken out -- even though party leaders and a vast majority of congressional Republicans continue to back Trump's efforts to challenge the results.

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Rep. Kay Granger of Texas and Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan -- all senior Republicans -- have each raised concerns in recent days about the transition of power.

Their pleas come as Trump has yet to concede the general election, and the General Services Administration has yet to formally recognize President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thus denying him access to contacts with federal agencies, funding to help ramp up government hiring for the new administration and access to classified intelligence briefings.

Similarly, when asked about Trump's efforts to overturn the election results Friday, Granger told CNN she has "great concerns about it," adding, "I think that it's time to move on. "

Granger, a veteran Texas Republican, added Friday that Trump should be transparent about the situation.

When asked Thursday if Trump should concede, Upton, a senior Michigan Republican who was targeted by Democrats but won his reelection bid by 16 points, said, "Yeah.

Trump will meet with the Republican leaders of the Michigan state legislature at the White House Friday afternoon as Trump and his legal team continue to mount a long-shot effort to overturn the results of the election he lost to Biden.

The calls for Trump's concession come at the end of a week colored by attempts from the Trump campaign to overturn the results of the general election, which were blocked by state judges in Arizona, Pennsylvania and a federal judge in Georgia.

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani on Thursday held a news conference -- filled with falsehoods and conspiracy theories --at the Republican Committee Headquarters where he laid out a number of legal claims and a plan to file more lawsuits, sowing more confusion around the results of the election.

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