Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally, praised Mr. Pence ’s actions as president of the Senate. “Vice President Pence was a profile in courage yesterday,” Mr. Gingrich tweeted.
Trump falsely declared Tuesday that Pence “has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” setting up Pence as the fall guy if he doesn’t go along with Trump ’s latest desperate attempt to reject the 2020 election results. The implicit bargain was that once Trump was out of office, Pence would have a shot at winning over his old boss’s voters in his own bid for the White House.
That’s the lesson of Donald Trump,” GOP strategist Brendan Tannhauser told VICE News. The case was legally flimsy and a long shot to begin with, but Pence ’s move to oppose it further kneecapped Trump ’s latest, and potentially last, desperate attempt to cling to power.
Pence isn’t the only 2024 hopeful grappling with how to handle Trump ’s half-baked coup attempt while preserving his own political hide. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz both plan to use Wednesday’s congressional proceedings to try to toss out the election results from states that Trump lost but insists without evidence were stolen from him.
That moment may be the effective end of Pence ’s 2024 presidential hopes, as Trump turns his wrath and his base against his longtime number two. With just over two weeks until inauguration day, the Trump revolution may be ready to eat one more if its own as its leader heads out the door.
“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Pence wrote in his three-page letter addressed to members of Congress. Pence said in his letter that he shared “the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of this election,” which Trump and his supporters have claimed without evidence was corrupted by widespread ballot fraud.
But Pence also wrote that “vesting the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide presidential contests would be entirely antithetical to” the system of check and balances between branches of the government designed by the framers of the Constitution. Trump's tweet came as protesters backing him stormed the Capitol and led to a suspension of debate, with Pence being ushered out of the Senate as a precaution.
Shortly after Pence gaveled in the joint session of Congress, several Republicans objected to Arizona's Electoral College results in Biden's favor, triggering a period of debate. Pence said in a letter that he did not believe, as Trump has claimed, that a vice president has the unilateral power to reject Electoral College votes for a candidate.
As Pence released his statement, Trump was speaking at a rally outside the White House, where he reiterated his call that the vice president undo Biden's election. He called himself the Grim Reaper who caught every House bill as it tried to slip through into the Senate.
Congressional reporter for POLITICO Kyle Cheney obtained a copy of the letter that Vice President Sixpence handed out to the joint session as he strode to the form of the room to preside over the lawmakers. After four years of perfectly managing a relationship with the difficult Donald Trump, he has to choose between Trump and the Constitution, against his wrathful boss or for America.
The vice president continued, noting he would “count the votes of the electoral college…in a manner consistent with our Constitution, laws, and history:” ‘When the Joint Session of Congress convenes today, I will do my duty to see to it that we open the certificates of the Electors of the several states, we hear objections raise by Senators and Representatives, and we count the votes of the Electoral College for President and Vice President in a manner consistent with our Constitution, laws, and history.
‘It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not.’ These quick, two-minute reads interpret the report in normal English for busy people.
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She also worked on Howard Dean's, John Kerry's, and Barack Obama's presidential campaigns. The conclusion capped unprecedented hours of chaos after a mob stormed the Capitol to disrupt what is normally a largely symbolic proceeding to formalize the presidential results.
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Donald Trump is putting Sixpence on blast following his comments regarding the coup that happened at the capital today (January 6) in Washington, D.C. “It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Pence wrote in a letter.
Under intense pressure from Trump and his allies to overturn the election results before the Jan. 20 inauguration, Pence issued a lengthy statement laying out his conclusion that a vice president cannot claim “unilateral authority” to reject states’ electoral votes. In a remarkable moment underscoring the dramatic split between Trump and his once most loyal lieutenant, Pence released the statement just after arriving at the Capitol to tally votes and as the president was telling thousands of supporters gathered near the White House that Pence could overturn those results.
“If Sixpence does the right thing we win the election,” Trump told supporters who later marched through Washington and stormed the Capitol. The Constitution makes clear that the vice president’s role in the joint session is largely ceremonial and includes formally reading out the tallies.
Pence, as expected, made clear in his three-page letter that he would follow the Constitution, not the commander in chief, no matter the political repercussions. Beginning at 1 p.m., Pence began to open the certificates of the electoral votes from each state and present them to the appointed “tellers” from the House and Senate in alphabetical order.
'Certifying' the results would plunge the country into a constitutional crisis but Trump claimed that Pence was in 'total agreement' that he 'has the power to act.' 'The New York Times report regarding comments Vice President Pence supposedly made to me today is fake news,' Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.
Trump had first wanted Republicans to vote to reject electors from swing states, but a majority of GOP senators have made clear they will not go along with that, making it dead on arrival. He delivered the bad news over lunch, the New York Times reported, sugaring the pill by suggesting he could in some ways acknowledge Trump's discredited claims when he presides over the Senate.
Ahead of the traditionally ceremonial event, President Donald Trump had escalated his pressure campaign on Pence to help him overturn the election results and spend another four years in the White House. The New York Times reported that Pence also told Trump to lighten the blow that he would keep 'studying the issue' until the joint session begins at 1pm Wednesday.
That is when he could offer some 'acknowledgment' of Trump's claims about fraud to ameliorate both the blow to his boss, and the potential for the president to turn on his ultra-loyal deputy in the dying days of the administration, and beyond. His delivery of bad news to Trump came after a lawsuit brought by Louis Former, an ultra-loyalist congressman, which demanded that federal courts say Pence could disqualify electoral college votes was dismissed rapidly by a judge and an appeals court.
Senators Tim Scott and Jim Income became the latest GOP lawmakers to risk the wrath of Trump with their decision to back Biden. Some of my colleagues believe they have found a path, and while our opinions differ, I do not doubt their good intentions to take steps towards stamping out voter fraud,' Scott said in a statement.
At least 24 Republican senators will vote to certify Biden's election win, according to a count by Politico while 13 are supporting Trump. It takes a simple majority of 51 senators to sustain the objection to a state's electoral college result, upending it.
But with all 48 Democrats unlikely to do so and the 24 Republicans joining them, that's 72 votes for Biden, leaving Trump's hopes in the dust. Senator Ted Cruz, who is leading the objection effort, will challenge the results of Arizona on Wednesday while Senator Kelly Offer will likely lead the objection when it comes to the results in her home state of Georgia.
Even without the outcome highly unlikely to go Trump's way there is bound to be plenty of fiery floor debate and political theater. Trump has made it clear he expects his second-in-command to keep him in the White House even if Pence does not legally or constitutionally have the power to do so.
He's a great guy,' Trump told a campaign rally Monday night in Dalton, Georgia. Biden even gaveled down an effort to object to Trump's victory when he presided over the electoral count in January 2017.
It raised questions, however, if Pence would be taking those breaks when things got hot politically speaking. As each state's result is read, Pence will ask whether any member of Congress wishes to raise an objection.
As part of his parliamentary duties, it's Pence who will decide if the objection is valid to warrant the two-hour debate and vote in each chamber. Given the Democratic control of the House and the fact that many Republican senators don't support the objections, none are expected to be sustained.
Peter Navarro, the White House trade adviser, claimed inaccurately on Fox News over the weekend that Pence could call for an 'emergency 10-day audit' of the election returns to the states Trump allies are disputing. Pence and his chief of staff Marc Short were in the Oval Office with President Trump and other advisers on Monday night before the president left for Georgia to campaign for the two Republican senators on the ballot in Tuesday's special election.
At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Senators and Representatives will gather in the House chamber for a Joint Session of Congress to count and certify the electoral college ballots. Republicans, however, have vowed to object to the electoral college results, dragging out the certification process and putting on a grand display of theater that will likely please the president.
As each state's result is read, Pence will ask whether any member of Congress wishes to raise an objection. The Democratically-controlled House is unlikely to support sustaining an objection, meaning the states' results will stand and Biden will ultimately be declared the winner.
President Trump's allies are looking at challenging three states: Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, which could go into the early morning hours of Thursday. 'At the end of the day, which could be the middle of the night, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be officially declared the next President and Vice President of the United States,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to Democratic House members on Monday.
The House meets Wednesday in a special joint session to count the Electoral College votes. The number of Republican senators planning to go along with election challenges grew to 13 at Trump's Georgia rally when Sen. Kelly Offer announced she was behind the effort.
But the leaked recording of Trump's call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger may have undermined the Senate GOP efforts by linking claims the lawmakers hitched to the Constitution to the president's request that Raffensperger 'find' 11,780 votes for him. It was unclear if the explosive call had prompted Senate Republicans to dial back some of their plans and focus on a smaller number of states to launch challenges.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants Democrats to remain dignified as Republicans challenge the election Joe Biden won by 306 to 232 electoral votes Georgia's election official Gabriel Sterling debunked many of the president's 'fantastical' claims in a press conference Monday.
GOP strategist Doug Had told The Hill regarding Trump's leaked call: 'The tape now makes it harder for other people to join on. The fact of the matter is the election results have been certified,' said Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif. Party leaders are preparing for tense debates on Wednesday.