Vice President Mike Pence spent four years loyally defending and serving President Trump.
But all of that may be coming to an end.
And that’s because Mike Pence handed one letter that Donald Trump did not want to read.
On January 6 a joint session of Congress met to certify the results of the Electoral College where some Trump supporters thought Vice President Mike Pence could reject what they believed were fraudulent slates of pro-Joe Biden electors.
But Mike Pence argued otherwise.
In a letter Pence argued that his position as President of the Senate for this occasion was merely ceremonial and that he had no authority to take any meaningful action.
“I do not believe that the Founders of our country intended to invest the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide which electoral votes should be counted during the Joint Session of Congress, and no Vice President in American history has ever asserted such an authority,” Pence wrote.
“Some believe that as Vice President, I should be able to accept or reject electoral votes unilaterally,” the Vice President added.
The Vice President argued that his oath to the Constitution prevented him from taking action to reject slates of electors.
“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Vice President Pence added.
Vice President Pence also added that he would perform his duties of counting the Electoral College votes and do no more.
“When the Joint Session of Congress convenes today, I will do my duty to see to it that we open the certificates of the Electors of the several states, we hear objections raised by Senators and Representatives, and we count the votes of the Electoral College for President and Vice President in a manner consistent with our Constitution, laws, and history,” the Vice President added. “So Help Me God.”
This letter upset many Trump supporters that argued the Vice President had the authority to refuse to accept what Trump backers argued were illegal slates of electors.
Other Trump supporters like Senator Rand Paul argued the Founding Fathers never intended Congress or the Vice President to overrule the states on elections.
Senator Paul wrote:
“Voting to overturn state-certified elections would be the opposite of what states’ rights Republicans have always advocated for.
“This would doom the electoral college forever.
“It was never intended by our founders that Congress have the power to overturn state-certified elections.”
The joint session of Congress certifying the results of the Electoral College is the likely end for President Trump’s challenges to the 2020 election results.
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