Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik on Wednesday evening condemned the rioting at the U.S. Capitol that interrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential election in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.
But Stefanik in the same address said she would continue to object to some of the electors sent by states.
"This has been a truly tragic day for America and we all join together condemning the violence and destruction that occurred in our nation's Capitol," she said, adding the rioters should be prosecuted to the "fullest extent of the law."
Stefanik prasied the response of the Capitol police who responded to the mob of Trump of supporters who stormed the complex.
"History is our guide that the peoples' sacred house is the appropriate venue for a peaceful debate," she said.
Her objections to the electors, she said, are rooted in the U.S. Constitution and "overreach" by state officials and judges when making alterations to election procedures and laws.
"To the tens of thousands of constitutents who have reached out to me, thank you, know that I have heard you, both for and against," she said.
Stefanik is a prominent Republican supporter of President Donald Trump, who has claimed widespread fraud in the election has cost him a second term. No evidence has emerged that would overturn the election in court challenges. Attorney General William Bar has also said no evidence of fraud exists that would change the results.
Multiple Republicans in Congress later in the evening announced they would reverse themselves and drop their challenges.