Pence Sued by GOP Congressman in Fight Over Competing Electors

Пятница, 01 Янв, 2021

Pence has remained quiet about the whole lawsuit and the attempts by Trump and his lawyers to use any means possible to get the Electoral College vote thrown out and Trump declared the victor of the election. "That kind of self-serving power is not what was in mind" when the Constitution was drafted. Fox News reached out to counsel for Gohmert and the Arizona Republican electors for clarification but he did not immediately respond.

Pence is set to oversee Congress when it officially counts the votes cast by the Electoral College on January 6, and the suit argues that Pence has the constitutional authority to ignore votes cast for Biden in states where Republicans have tried to cast doubt on the results, where there is virtually no evidence to support Trump's claims of election fraud.

Republican electors in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and MI sent their votes to incumbent President Donald Trump in a challenge to Biden's win in those battleground states.

The case is Gohmert v. Pence, 20-cv-00660, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas (Tyler). He intends to make a motion when Congress convenes on January 6 to count the electoral votes to not accept the official results from Arizona, setting the stage for the legal showdown Ward seeks to provoke. What's more, the Twelfth Amendment only dictates that the VP, as president of the Senate, "open all the certificates" and nothing more.

Kennedy argues that competing slates of electors can not be chosen because, among other things, they don't exist. Biden received 306 electoral votes - 36 more than he needed to win - while Trump received 232.

Lawyers for the House Republican who filed a lawsuit against Vice President Mike Pence hoping to secure President Trump another term in office suggested that he had a chance to support their efforts and didn't.

A Tuesday court filing said lawyers for Gohmert discussed the issues with the counsel to the vice president to see if the two sides could avoid litigation by being on the same page.

In fact, it is reported that the vice president will confirm Joe Biden as president-elect and then leave for an overseas trip to avoid any confrontation with a section of Republican leaders and Mr Trump himself, who has been urging the Republicans to challenge the certification process. That means there are Trump-pledged delegates ready to be recognized and have their votes counted should Pence choose.

It says another option would be for Pence to decide that neither slate gets to vote because of questions about the election. "What is different about this suit is that it specifically seeks to overturn the votes of certified presidential electors", he wrote.

But a House vote is not individual by lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled chamber. Eleven electors from Arizona are named as plaintiffs in the suit.