Mike Pence’s chief of employees issued a press release Saturday saying that the vp “welcomes” efforts by Republican House and Senate members to problem voters’ alternative for president.
Pence urged Republicans to “use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence” supporting baseless claims of “voter fraud and irregularities,” Axios reporter Jonathan Swan shared in a pair of tweets.
No proof of voter fraud or “irregularities” have been introduced. Nearly 60 court cases filed in opposition to November’s election outcomes have failed.
The assertion comes simply days after the Department of Justice, on Pence’s behalf, demanded dismissal of a lawsuit calling on the vp to arbitrarily name the election for Donald Trump over President-elect Joe Biden.
The go well with, introduced by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and 11 Trump electors from Arizona, claimed Pence had the ability to call whichever president he selected just by selectively counting the electoral votes he needed, and changing the remaining.
The go well with was tossed out Friday by U.S. District Judge Jeremy Kernodle, who dominated that Gohmert doesn’t even have standing to sue.
Congressional republicans look like fracturing beneath an onslaught by Trump, who is decided to upend the democratic election to assert victory.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has already acknowledged Biden’s win, has urged GOP senators to not object to Congress’ formal certification of the president-elect’s victory.
But 11 GOP senators and senators-elect, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), on Saturday demanded a 10-day “emergency” audit of election returns. Without such an motion, they, together with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), plan to reject electoral votes from battleground states that voted for Biden once they come up for certification at a joint congressional session Jan. 6.
Pence will preside over the certification, which is generally a professional forma occasion. Under the Constitution and by election legislation, Pence is to open the certifications of votes and announce them. Senators and House members can object to votes, and may debate the problem. But a majority of each chambers should agree earlier than any votes can legally be jettisoned.
Pence was raked by critics for his last-minute assist to dispute the election.
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