January 13, 2009

January 13, 2009 C-SPAN

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl has warned Democrats not to try to seat Al Franken any time soon, and he predicts the legal process will take at least a month to unfold, meaning the Senate may be stuck with 99 members well into February.

In an unusual move, Kyl went to the Senate floor this morning to lay out all the reasons why the Minnesota Senate election remains unresolved, and he listed Sen. Norm Colemans arguments before the Minnesota courts. Colemans election lawsuit contends there are newly discovered ballots, missing ballots, wrongly rejected absentee ballots and double counting of votes.

Clearly theres something wrong here and it has to be resolved by court, Kyl said. There are no stipulations for when proceedings must be completed. Estimations are that it could take a month or more.

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