Trump places strain on Pence forward of election showdown in Congress

President Trump is popping up the warmth on Vice President Mike Pence on the eve of a joint session of Congress that’s all however sure to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump.

Pence, as vice chairman, will preside over the joint session, however is predicted to play a largely ceremonial position.

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But Trump, in what could also be his remaining try and try to reverse his presidential election defeat, is insisting that Pence has the facility to overturn the election outcomes.

“The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors,” the president tweeted on Tuesday morning.

Hours earlier, at an election eve rally in Georgia for the 2 GOP senators operating within the state’s twin Senate runoff contests, Trump informed the big crowd of supporters, “I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you.”

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“I hope that our great vice president – our great vice president, comes through for us. He’s a great guy. Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him as much,” Trump emphasised.

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

President Donald Trump speaks at a marketing campaign rally in assist of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and David Perdue in Dalton, Ga., Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

But no matter how a lot the president turns up the quantity on his vice chairman, White House officers inform Fox News that Pence will “follow the law” on Wednesday.

White House officers on Tuesday afternoon informed Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts that the vice chairman “is taking a very diligent and studious approach to his job tomorrow. He has consulted at length with staff. He has gone through the Electoral Count Act several times. He has read legal opinions, met with the Senate parliamentarian and consulted with outside experts on the subject matter.”

But these officers add that “the vice president will follow the law. He will act tomorrow with fidelity to the law and the Constitution.”

Trump has repeatedly charged for 2 months that the presidential election was “rigged” and has claimed that there was “massive voter fraud” in a handful of battleground states the place Biden narrowly edged the president, to attain a 306-232 Electoral College victory over the GOP incumbent.

The president has refused to concede to the previous vice chairman, and he and his allies filed dozens of lawsuits contesting the election that have been shot down in state and federal courts, together with the Supreme Court. And Attorney General William Barr informed the Associated Press final month, earlier than stepping down, that “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

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Regardless, scores of Trump supporters in Congress – greater than 100 House Republicans and 13 GOP senators – have mentioned they’ll object to the certification of the election outcomes when Congress meets on Wednesday. But they’re anticipated to fall far quick as they try to lift objections to the presidential election leads to states like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin. The mixed votes of the Democrats in Congress, in addition to many Republicans who don’t assist Trump’s makes an attempt to upend the election outcomes, ought to be greater than sufficient to dismiss the push by the president’s supporters.

A federal appeals court docket on Saturday threw out a lawsuit introduced by GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas – a powerful Trump supporter – that aimed to permit the vice chairman to offer the election to Trump throughout the congressional joint session.

As spelled out within the twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the vice chairman presides over the Senate’s electoral vote depend, tallying the numbers. But Gohmert had sued Pence in federal district court docket to try to give the vice chairman extra powers to strip some states of their slate of Biden electors and change them with Trump electors.

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Late Saturday night time Marc Short, the vice chairman’s chief of workers, mentioned in an announcement that Pence “shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election.”

Vice President Mike Pence waves as he walks off the stage after speaking at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Vice President Mike Pence waves as he walks off the stage after talking on the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

“The vice president welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on Jan. 6,” Short mentioned.

But as reiterated by White House officers on Tuesday, there’s no expectation that the vice chairman will deviate from his ceremonial position throughout the joint session.

Apparently undeterred, Trump mentioned on Monday night time on the rally in Georgia that Pence “is a wonderful man and a smart man and a man that I like a lot but he’s going to have a lot to say about it.”

“You know one thing with him. You’re going to get straight shots. He’s going to call it straight,” the president added.

Fox News can be being informed that Pence could not keep because the presiding officer for all the joint session of Congress.

Officials on the Capitol inform Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram that Pence could depart, particularly if the periods go deep into Wednesday night time as every chamber hears the election objections raised by the lawmakers backing Trump.

If that occurs, it’s potential that Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, as president professional tempore of the Senate, would quickly preside over the Senate debate.

Fox News’ John Roberts and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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