President Donald J. Trump tweets that Vice President Mike Pence's role at tomorrow's congressional joint session is more than merely "ceremonial."
Mainstream media (MSM) including Fox News have been echoing the line that Vice President Mike Pence's role during tomorrow's joint session of Congress, in which the Electoral College votes will be certified per the 12th Amendment of the US Constitution, is purely "ceremonial."
"Pence, as vice president, will preside over the joint session, but is expected to play a mostly ceremonial role," wrote Fox News earlier today, repeating further down that "there’s no expectation that the vice president will deviate from his ceremonial role during the joint session."
But President Trump understands that tomorrows' joint session presents an opportunity for him to win the presidency again, tweeting today "The Vice President has the power to reject fraudulently chosen electors."
"I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you," the President told a large crowd at an election-eve rally in Georgia for the two GOP senators running in the state’s twin Senate runoff contests, adding "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."
Fox reports White House officials emphasized that the Vice President will "follow the law" on Wednesday and "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."
"He will act tomorrow with fidelity to the law and the Constitution," officials added.
A Dec. 2020 White House memo detailed how Vice President Mike Pence is legally required to reject Electoral College votes from contested states, according to National File.
From the memo:
"Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution requires that “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors.” Therefore, the papers (or “slates”) the states attempted to submit to the President of the Senate and Archivist of the United States are not legal, permissible certificates of votes and lists by Electors as recited in Title 3, U.S.C., sections 9 and 11. Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin violated the U.S. Constitution’s Art. 2, S.1, Cl.2 and 14th Amendment, Section 1, Equal Protection Clause in administering their elections, therefore rendering their slates impermissible."
The memo continues, "The President of the Senate, as the Vice President, statutorily sits on the National Security Council and is privy to information no other individual in the Presidential electoral process has — not the States, not the SCOTUS, not U.S. Congress. This specifically includes any classified evidence and assessments which emanate from EO 13848 regarding foreign interference with US elections. Therefore, the President of the Senate is uniquely qualified to issue judgement on impermissible electors."
National File remarks that "This is not an option for Pence. If he intends to follow the law from December 23 until January 6, he must instruct these states to remedy their Electoral College certificates."
VP Pence told a crowd in Rock Springs Church in Milner to be assured that Republicans will "have our day in Congress" referring to the Jan. 6 joint session.
"I know we all got our doubts about the last election. … I promise you, come this Wednesday, we’ll have our day in Congress. We’ll hear the objections. We’ll hear the evidence, but tomorrow is Georgia’s day," said Pence.
Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, said in a statement on Saturday that the vice president “welcomes” an effort by some lawmakers to "raise objections" on Jan. 6, when Congress meets to certify the Electoral College vote.
“Vice President Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election,” said Short.
“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 January 6th,” the statement continued.
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