Trump Continues To Insist That VP Pence ‘Could Have Overturned The Election’

Vice President Mike Pence “could have reversed” the 2020 election, President Donald Trump stated in a written statement on Sunday, citing congressional efforts to alter the Electoral Count Act.

Trump wrote:

If the Vice President (Mike Pence) had “absolutely no right” to change the Presidential Election results in the Senate, despite fraud and many other irregularities, how come the Democrats and RINO Republicans, like Wacky Susan Collins, are desperately trying to pass legislation that will not allow the Vice President to change the results of the election? 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!

A proposal to limit the vice president’s authority in certifying presidential election results is part of Congressional reform attempts.

The vice president’s job, according to reformers, should be purely ceremonial: receiving electoral votes from states, opening the votes as the count progresses, and giving the votes to the presiding officer, who would no longer be the vice president.

Another reform would make it necessary for more than one lawmaker in each chamber to challenge election results. Individual legislators will not be able to hinder the vote certification process.


“NOW is the time”

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he believes Electoral College reform can and “should” be bipartisan:

“I believe we’re discussing the same core issues in terms of ensuring the validity of the Electoral College…

It hasn’t been examined in 150 years. It’s now or never.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who appeared on ABC’s “This Week,” said Electoral College change “is not a little matter.”

“This 1887 statute oversees the presidential vote counting and certification,” Collins explained.

And we saw, on January 6th of 2021, how ambiguities in the law were exploited. We need to prevent that from happening again.

I have brought together a group of 16 senators. It’s a bipartisan group. Joe Manchin is involved in — on leading the Democratic side. And together we have been having discussions, Zoom meetings. We’ll resume them tomorrow.

And I’m hopeful that we can come up with a bipartisan bill that will make very clear that the vice president’s role is simply ministerial, that he has no ability to halt the count and that we’ll raise the threshold from one House member, one senator, for triggering a challenge to a vote count submitted by the states. This is no small thing.

I think it is really important that we do this reform. And I hope it can be done on a bipartisan, overwhelming basis.


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