The Senate Rules Committee has hired two lawyers to consider a challenge to the seating of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Feinstein was seated in the Senate last week after defeating Republican Michael Huffington in November. State election officials said she had won by a margin of 165,562 votes, or 1.9 percent of the 8.5 million votes cast.
But Huffington has refused to concede and has formally challenged the results, claiming voter fraud.
The Constitution gives the Senate the ultimate authority to decide.
The lawyer retained for the Republicans is William B. Canfield. Robert F. Bauer is the Democrats’ lawyer.