Senator Mitt Romney said on Tuesday he will not attend the Dec. 16 hearing examining election “irregularities.”
“I’m not going to go to that. I don’t think it is productive at this stage,” Romney said during an appearance on CNN.
While announcing the hearing, Senator Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said that “a large percentage of the American public does not view the 2020 election result as legitimate because of apparent irregularities that have not been fully examined.”
According to Sen. Johnson, the goal of the hearing is to “resolve suspicions.”
The official webpage for the hearing listed six witnesses: two President Donald Trump campaign lawyers, James Troupis and Jessie Binnall; former special counsel Kenneth Starr; state Pennsylvania Rep. Francis Ryan; Donald Palmer, commissioner of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission; and Chris Krebs, who was director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency until Trump fired him last month.
The webpage was later updated and Krebs and Ryan were removed from the list of witnesses.
Last week, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer asked Johnson to cancel the hearing, alleging holding it would undermine th eUnited States.
Though Romney didn’t go that far, he said looking at election irregularities could be done “at some point down the road.”
“But those are marginal irregularities, meaning they’re not substantial and across the board, they are not substantial enough to change outcome of the election. It’s always appropriate to find ways to make elections more secure, but our systems have worked pretty well and they have over the years and they will continue to in the future,” he added.
The hearing comes just two days after the release of a report based on an audit of Dominion Voting Systems machines in Antrim County, Michigan.
Russell Ramsland Jr., co-founder of Allied Security Operations Group, which conducted the audit, said his team found Dominion’s system “intentionally generates an enormously high number of ballot errors.”
Both county and state officials said what happened was due to human error.
Dominion’s CEO told lawmakers in Michigan on Tuesday echoed the officials, though he acknowledged he only had a chance to conduct a “cursory review” of the report.