Several conspiratorial Twitter posts over the past week have indicated that Vice President Kamala Harris has not yet resigned from his Senate chair because he “knows” that something is wrong with the election results.
Just five such tweets – including conservative author Dinesh D’Souza and conservative activist Ryan Fournier – have amassed more than 41,000 shares and more than 172,000 likes.
Some have compared Ms. Harris’s ongoing mandate to the resignation of former President Barack Obama in mid-November 2008. But it is not uncommon for Ms Harris to remain in office one month after the election. In fact, it was Mr. Obama’s resignation to the earliest of all elected presidents or elected vice presidents who have held public office for the past 50 years.
Mr. Obama’s own vice president, current president-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., resigned from his senate chair just five days before his January 2009 inauguration – “not because he doubted the outcome of the election,” but because he wanted to reach a certain milestone. said Heath Brown, a professor of public policy at John Jay College who is researching presidential transitions.
Mr. Biden was sworn in on the seventh day of the Senate before resigning in 2009, he became the youngest to reach that number and then the senator for the 14th longest time in U.S. history.
Like Mr. Biden, Ms. Harris has her own reasons for staying: California Governor Gavin Newsom is taking time to choose a successor and may need to cast votes – as she did last month, at least temporarily, banning the Federal Reserve Governing Council candidate.
Ms. Harris also serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and “President Trump will continue to make judicial nominations during the lame duck period and would like to attend hearings,” said Ross Baker, a professor at Rutgers University and the Senate.
Moreover, experts claimed that they were not aware of any specific timetable or requirement for incoming administration to leave their old posts.
Prior to the inauguration of President Trump, he ran his private business. On Indiana’s official website, he will classify Vice President Mike Pence as his governor until January 9, 2017, the day the current governor inaugurates.
Former President George W. Bush resigned as governor of Texas in late December 2000, while Vice President Dick Cheney retired from Halliburton before the election.
Former President Bill Clinton in late December 1992, and Governor of Arkansas, former Vice President Al Gore, left the senator in early January 1993.
Former President George HW Bush never resigned as Ronald Reagan’s vice president before taking up the top position. His own Vice President, Dan Quayle, left the Senate in early January 1989.
Mr Reagan and his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, were not in office before their election. Mr. Carter’s Vice President, Walter Mondale, resigned from the Senate in late December 1976.
Prior to the election of former President Richard Nixon, he worked as a private lawyer, and his first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned as governor of Maryland in January 1969.