ELECTION 2020

Miller-Meeks says she didn't agree to letter calling for presidential election investigation

Congresswoman-elect did not join 25 Republican lawmakers in seeking House inquiry

Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks answers a question during an Oct. 8 debate with Democrat Rita Hart in Cedar Rapids.
Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks answers a question during an Oct. 8 debate with Democrat Rita Hart in Cedar Rapids. Miller-Meeks, who won the 2nd Congressional District race by six votes, on Wednesday said her name was mistakenly added to a letter from 25 Republican lawmakers asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a House investigation into irregularities in the 2020 election. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Republican Congresswoman-elect Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ campaign said she was mistakenly added to a letter signed by 25 other Republican representatives-elect calling on the U.S. House to investigate irregularities in the 2020 presidential election.

Miller-Meeks’ campaign on Wednesday said she did not sign and did not agree to be included on the letter sent to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asking Congress to “thoroughly investigate” unsubstantiated claim of voter fraud.

U.S. Rep.-elect Kat Cammack, R-Fla., who led the letter, sent out a corrected version Wednesday morning that removed Miller-Meeks’ name.

“She didn’t agree to sign on to that. That was an error by the Office of Rep. Cammack,” Miller-Meeks’ campaign spokesman Eric Woolson said.

Asked whether Miller-Meeks supports her Republican colleagues’ push, Woolson said, “She didn’t sign the letter so I think that speaks for itself.”

President Donald Trump and his allies have continued to spread false claims of election fraud despite no evidence and after courts across the country — including the U.S. Supreme Court — dismissed the allegations made by the president, his campaign and his allies.

Asked whether Miller-Meeks recognizes Biden’s win, Woolson pointed to her comments during a Dec. 4 taping of “Iowa Press.” Miller-Meeks said Trump was “going through the legal process as my opponent is going through, but I think that all transition services should be available to President-elect Biden, that at this point in time the way that the courts have ruled and the Electoral College votes have gone, President-elect Biden will be assuming office.”

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Miller-Meeks and other Iowa Republicans have called on U.S. House leadership to reject a pending petition by Democrat Rita Hart, asking the U.S. House Committee on Administration to conduct an investigation into irregularities in the Iowa 2nd Congressional District election, which Miller-Meeks won by six votes out of more than 400,000 cast.

Hart has yet to file her petition with the House committee but was expected to do so later this week.

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