WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump tightened the bolts of his most loyal soldier on Wednesday and tried to force Vice President Mike Pence to use power he did not have to destroy the will of the electorate in a desperate and futile offer to overthrow the president-elect. Joe Biden wins the November election.
Pence’s tenure is in its most precarious position as he prepares to chair the election of Wednesday’s congressional votes in the Electoral College, testifying to the formality of the defeat of the Trump-Pence team.
From 1 p.m., Pence will be responsible for opening the ballot papers for each state’s election vote and handing them alphabetically to designated “vendors” in the House and Senate. At the end of the count, Pence, who is sitting at the House of Representatives speech, is tasked with announcing who won the majority of the votes of the President and Vice-President.
Despite his largely solemn mandate, Pence is under strong pressure from legions of the president and supporters who want the vice president to use the moment to destroy the will of the electorate in a handful of battlefield states.
“All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the states AND WE WIN,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “Put it Mike, it’s a time of extraordinary courage!”
Under the constitution and the congressional rules governing the count, Pence has no such unilateral power. It is the job of the House and the Senate to raise objections, and the voters of the states were elected according to the laws of the state, not fraudulently.
“On all fronts, we fought for legally viable methods based on the U.S. Constitution. We don’t want anarchy here, people, ”attorney Jay Sekulow said on Tuesday’s radio show who represented Trump during his prosecution. Sekulow rejected the idea that Pence could take action to overturn the vote. “The election has consequences,” Sekulow said.
On their weekly lunch in the West Wing on Tuesday, Pence told Trump that he did not believe he had the power to unilaterally overtake election votes, the person informed of the conversation said. This person was not authorized to publicly discuss the private conversation, which was first reported by The New York Times and made anonymous statements.
Trump denied the report in a late statement on Tuesday, in which he continued to falsely claim that Pence had powers he did not have. But the vice president, whose office refused to discuss his plans, was not expected to comply with Trump’s request to overthrow the electorate, acknowledging that he had no such unilateral power.
Pence spent hours with staff and a Senate MP to prepare for Wednesday’s joint session, including studying the Count Electoral Act of 1887 governing the procedure and related legal opinions.
“I think he’s going to approach this basically as constitutional and say,‘ What’s my role in the Constitution as President of the Senate? “said David McIntosh, president of the Conservative Growth Club and a penny friend.” What he’s going to do is allow anyone who will protest to be heard, but he will abide by the result of the majority in the Senate. “
In the performance of one of the vice-presidency’s formal tasks, Pence could jeopardize his own political future. Pence monitors the start of the White House in 2024 and accounts for his loyalty to Trump, who may be a political king for years to help him excel in the expected crowded area.
This means that Pence must avoid angering Trump along with a large number of Republican voters who have taken up the president’s unsubstantiated allegations of widespread election fraud and falsely believed that Pence has the power to withdraw the result by rejecting votes from states as Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which swung from Trump in 2016 to Biden in 2020.
Trump wanted to gather thousands of supporters in the Ellipse, south of the White House, hours before the Count of Congress.
Despite the claims of Trump and his allies, there was no widespread fraud in the election. This was also confirmed by a number of election officials and William Barr, who resigned from the Attorney General last month. Neither Trump nor the legislators, who promise to object to the count, have submitted credible evidence that would change the result.
Nevertheless, more than 100 domestic Republicans and a dozen Senate Republicans have said they will attack the election votes of at least one state. A majority in both chambers must reject the will of the electorate, but enough Republican lawmakers have said they will join the Democrats to reject Trump’s allies entering the last ditch.
At a Monday night rally in Georgia, Trump made it clear that he had put his faith in Pence to nominate two Senate election candidates.
“I hope Mike Pence comes over for us, I have to tell you,” Trump said, adding, “Of course, if he doesn’t come over, I won’t love you so much.”