Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz plan to attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration

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Republican U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas will both attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week, their offices confirmed Friday.

The news of their attendance is perhaps most unexpected for Cruz, who has spread baseless claims attempting to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s win over President Donald Trump since the November election.

On Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office told KVUE-TV that he would not attend the inauguration ceremony. Abbott’s office did not respond to a request for comment from The Texas Tribune. Abbott attended Trump’s inauguration in 2017.

Leading up to the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Cruz, along with other GOP senators, led a fight in the Senate to reject the certification of the 2020 presidential election results in Arizona unless an emergency audit of voter fraud was conducted. Former U.S. Attorney…

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