V.P. Mike Pence has supposedly informed President Donald Trump that he does not have the authority to challenge the results of the 2020 election, the president’s efforts to protest Joe Biden’s fraudulent win.
President Trump has been pressuring Pence publicly to use his role on Wednesday during a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College votes that handed the win to Democrat Joe Biden.
The move would be an effort following court challenges over voter fraud, including two that were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning, Mr. Pence’s largely formal and constitutionally prescribed role of presiding over the House and Senate as they receive and certify the electoral votes conveyed by the states and announcing the outcome.
In order “for results to be overturned, both the House and the Senate would have to agree to do so. Because the House is controlled by the Democrats, there is no realistic possibility of any state’s outcome being rejected.“
Mike Pence plans to make it clear in his statements that he backs the president but will stick to his role, a former White House official with regular contact with Pence’s team told Reuters.
“He will be very supportive of the president, but again he’ll stick to the Constitution,” the former adviser said.
“It is a ceremonial role. It is opening up envelopes and reading the contents of it,” he said. “That’s it. This is a ceremonial … position.”
Marc Short, who is a member of Mike Pence’s chief of staff has told Reuters on Monday that the vice president “will uphold the Constitution and follow the statutory law.“