Associated Press confirms Trump admin. is analyzing legal paths to overturn 2020 US election results
After President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence consult constitutional law experts, Trump tweets that Pence "has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors."
Trump's enemies–as well as some allies–have referred to the Vice President's role during the congressional joint session as purely "ceremonial," "pro forma," "procedural," and "ministerial."
But President Trump understands that tomorrows' joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C. presents an opportunity for him to win the presidency again, tweeting today "The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors."
These remarks come immediately after Trump and Pence met with legal scholars.
The Associated Press (AP) reports that "Pence on Sunday held a two-hour meeting that included the Senate parliamentarian to review his role and responsibilities."
The report continued, "And on Monday, Pence was in the Oval Office with Trump and senior aides as the president continued to seek pathways to overturn the election results. The scene appeared animated as the president, Pence and their chiefs of staff met with lawyer John Eastman and others."
AP also noted Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's attorney, and former New York Mayor, and Trump's legal team have been "consulting with constitutional law professors and analyzing Pence's options" and that Trump and the VP were "going through all of the research."
Pence has spent hours huddling with the president, staff, and the Senate parliamentarian ahead of Wednesday's proceedings, according to AP.
"[P]eople close to the vice president stressed his respect for institutions and said they expect him to act in accordance with the law and hew to the Constitution."
"On Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m., Pence is to preside over a joint session of Congress. His role is to open the certificates of the electoral votes from each state and present them to the appointed “tellers” from the House and Senate in alphabetical order. At the end of the count, it falls to Pence to announce who won," AP explains.
Over a million Trump supporters are expected to march on Washington, D.C. tomorrow alongside the congressional joint session.
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