Trump Alleges He Wanted Pence to Sway the 2020 Election, Claiming Erroneously That It Was the Vice President’s ‘Right’

On Sunday, in a statement, ex-President Donald Trump said he sought former Vice President Mike Pence to revoke the 2020 presidential election, reiterating the false assertion that Pence had the authority to do so and bashing recent bipartisan attempts to amend the Electoral Count Act.

Trump falsely claimed that a bipartisan group of lawmakers putting efforts to bring amendments to the Electoral Count Act is evidence that his assertion that Pence had the authority, according to the ECA, to revoke the 2020 election.

However, the Act is obscure, it is confirmed that the contribution of the vice president is ceremonial and does not involve the power to revoke the outcome of a presidential election.

Trump penned “Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away. Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!”

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Trump’s claim reflects that of conservative attorney John Eastman, who in a memo pointed out steps, evoking the Electoral Count Act, to avoid the transfer of power in the days paving the way for the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.

Eastman made the argument that Pence had the power to consider some electoral votes void and that states had the authority to make utilization of legislative steps highlighted in the Electoral Count Act to dump some states’ electoral votes. Eastman claimed that Pence should do so for 7 key states that President Joe Biden won.

Lofgren Respond to Trump’s New Statement

When Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren of California was asked on CNN’s “Newsroom” Sunday to give response to Trump’s new statement, she said “We’re taking a look at the Electoral Count Act because it’s an old statute and there were some of our colleagues in the House had tried to exploit ambiguities in it. But I frankly think the role of the vice president will probably remain unchanged.”

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Lofgren, a member of the House select committee probing the January 6 attack, added further “I guess the former President is saying that the vice president gets to choose the next president, in which case Kamala Harris will be presiding at the counting of the votes, and I guess he’s saying she gets to choose who the next president is. That’s clear to me, not what the Constitution provides for. He must be kidding.”

Discussion on Reforming the Electoral Count Act to Resume

GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine, whom Trump attacked in his argument, has headed a bipartisan group of senators in discussions on manners to amend the Electoral Count Act, following it was used to try to disturb the ceremonial counting of the vote last year.

On ABC’s “This Week”, Collins stated that those discussions will recommence on Monday over Zoom. Collins was forced previously on Sunday on whether there was a probability she would vote for Trump in 2024. She stated that it was “unlikely” but did not turn it down.

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Representative Adam Kinzinger, another member of the committee investigating the January 6 insurrection, took to Twitter to respond to Trump’s statement that Pence could have revoked the election.

The Illinois Republican mentioned, “This is an admission and a massively un-American statement. It is time for every Republican leader to pick a side… Trump or the Constitution, there is no middle on defending our nation anymore.”

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