U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., maintained his opposition Wednesday night to certifying the election of Joe Biden.
Rosendale was one of more than 100 congressional Republicans who had announced they would challenge the certification of the presidential election, even though the move has no chance of success.
Several lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, have reversed course after the assault on the U.S. Capitol Building while Congress was in session, but not Rosendale, who was sworn in just days ago.
“Today is an absolutely terrible day. I have always condemned and will continue to condemn political violence in all forms. It has no place in our country," Rosendale said in a statement.
"However, I will not be intimidated by mob violence from the left or the right. I will oppose certification of electors from certain disputed states. These votes today were always about preserving and protecting the integrity of our election process, not any candidate. I will continue to work to ensure our elections are free and secure and every legal vote is counted and every fraudulent vote is rejected," he added.
"I want to thank law enforcement for their extraordinary bravery and dedication to their duty today.”
Congress is currently debating certification, with party leaders saying they hope to finish approval Wednesday.