President Donald Trump continued his series of mixed messages as police officers cleared the Capitol from his group of supporters who disrupted Congressional attestation of Joe Biden's victory.
Trump issued his fourth tweet on the matter Wednesday night after video message telling followers that he "loves" them and urging them to go home.
That news came after the president's earlier tweets didn't tell the mob to leave Capitol Hill just to be peaceful. At a rally before the start of the uprising, Trump urged his MAGA crowd to march on the Capitol and suggested they join them.
He threw more fuel on the fire Wednesday night with a tweet that said about the attack on the Capitol, these things "happen" when an election is stolen.
“These are the things and events that happen when a holy landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously withdrawn from great patriots who have been treated badly and unfairly for so long. Go home with love and in peace. Remember that day forever! ", He wrote.
The choice wasn't stolen or fraudulent. Biden won the electoral college and the referendum. Congress should confirm its victory before their session was interrupted by the Trump mob who broke into the Capitol with Trump flags and announced a Trump victory.
Twitter flagged Trump's claim as it flagged his previous false claims about the election result before completely deleting Trump's tweet, which essentially apologized for insurgent behavior and the president's video message, in addition to asking the mob to go home go, repeating his false claim he won the election.
In a shocking tweet on Wednesday, Donald Trump sent mixed messages about Washington anarchy, saying, "Remember that day forever!" and call the rioters "great patriots"
Donald Trump finally addressed his supporters in a video on Wednesday in which he continued to claim the election was stolen.
“I ask everyone in the US Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are law and order – respect the law and our great men and women in blue. Thank you! & # 39; he said
Trump tweeted when the US Capitol was in chaos to keep his supporters "peaceful!"
Pictures were taken of hundreds of protesters descending on the steps of the Capitol after gathering near the White House for President Donald Trump
Capitol Police officers aim their guns at a door that was destroyed during a joint congressional session in the chamber of the house
Speaking to thousands of supporters near the White House at his "Save America" rally on Wednesday, Trump declared war on his own party by calling Republicans who opposed him "weak".
A protester lies wounded after she was shot dead by police in the US Capitol in Washington DC
It came after some Republicans said the president's video message was not strong enough and should have condemned the uprising more strongly.
When the President was criticized, Vice President Mike Pence received praise.
Trump's own national security advisor, Robert O'Brien, tweeted at 6pm: “I've just spoken to Vice President Pence. He's a really good and decent man. He showed courage today as he did on September 11th in the Capitol as a congressman. I am proud to serve with him. & # 39;
Pence, who chairs the joint session confirming the election, said earlier in the day he would be disregarding Trump's demand to invalidate the election.
Trump ordered the National Guard and federal forces to deploy to the Capitol after his supporters overran the U.S. Capitol Police and gained illegal entry to the building on Wednesday.
The building had been overrun for more than an hour on Wednesday when White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany made the announcement on Twitter.
& # 39; At the instruction of President @ realDonaldTrump, the National Guard is on the move together with other federal protection services. We repeat President Trump's call against violence and about staying peaceful, ”she wrote.
A crowd of his angry supporters had broken through the building and even entered the chambers of the House and Senate.
The Senate was evacuated at 2:30 p.m.
There are more than 2,000 Capitol Police officers with special jurisdiction on the Capitol Grounds. But they were overrun when protesters pounded through a window and entered the building.
The Capitol Police were seen by Trump supporters on the first floor of the Capitol building absorbing violent lunges.
Police from neighboring Montgomery County, Maryland, were also brought near the Capitol, CNN reported.
Mayor Muriel Bowser had already mobilized National Guard troops ahead of the pro-Trump rally and were billed as a "Stop the Steal" event – although this coincided with the legislative efforts of Congress to count the votes of the electoral college.
The entire DC National Guard should be activated within hours, the Washington Post reported, after Bowser on duty asked to be sent to the Capitol.
Bowser also imposed a 6 p.m. curfew on Washington.
An army of Donald Trump's supporters stormed Congress Wednesday after it ordered them to march on the Capitol – with Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi and lawmakers rushing to safety as thousands threatened to break police barriers
A person is removed on a stretcher as President Trump delivers remarks to supporters gathered on the Ellipse in Washington to protest the upcoming certification of Joe Biden as the next president by Congress
Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol after a rally with Donald Trump on Wednesday
A booth has been set up at the base of the U.S. Capitol with a pro-Trump supporter holding a flag hours before Congress meets to confirm the election of the electoral college for Biden
Hours after a humiliating defeat in one race in the Georgia Senate and the prospect of losing another, Team Trump showed no sign of conceding
President Donald Trump threatened Vice President Mike Pence, urging him to overturn the general election results just before Congress was due to begin counting the votes that will make Joe Biden the next president
The president has still not conceded the election and raised a lot about the Ellipse the previous Wednesday that broached conspiracy theories that he still had a way to win – if Vice President Mike Pence had bid and if GOP lawmakers outraged would have.
Pence didn't do that.
When Republican MP Adam Kinzinger was asked on CNN whether Trump's tweet was enough to suppress the attack, he replied with a brief no.
Trump lit the flames of his supporters, knocked out "weak" Republicans and called for allegiance from Vice President Mike Pence to a rally near the White House demanding that Pence and Congress overturn the election results that led to his defeat.
In an extraordinary speech, just minutes before a joint session of Congress, Trump again called his election "rigged" to count the certified votes that made him lose to Democrat Joe Biden.
He called votes that came in after 10pm after election night – which consisted of personal and postal ballot papers – and denied him the tour he and his pollsters expected as "these explosions of bullsh * t".
Members of the crowd immediately sang "Bullshit!" In answer.
"Our election was over at 10:00 pm," said Trump.
Trump mocked his party's 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Now-Sen. Mitt Romney, who had won his own race at the time.
& # 39; We will never admit. That doesn't happen, ”he said – although the loss of candidates has been admitted for generations. “There has never been anything like it. It is pure theft. & # 39;
Trump's comments represented a declaration of war on elements of his party after his attorney Rudy Giuliani called for "trial by battle" against opponents of his electoral fraud claims.
Trump spoke to several thousand people – but referred to them as "hundreds of thousands" of followers conceived on a lawn south of the White House where not so many people live.
He said his election was stolen by the fake news media. They did and they do. & # 39;
He urged his followers to march to Congress, which should start the counting at 1 p.m.
"We'll go down to the Capitol and cheer for our brave senators and congressmen," he said, speaking from behind a pane of bulletproof material.
He turned up Pence, a potential 2024 contender who will lead the count. Its role is laid down in the Constitution and the Election Census Act and is largely ceremonial.
"Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn't it will be a sad day for our country because you vowed to uphold our constitution," he said.
Trump admitted that he tried to pressure Pence to reject votes from states he lost, quoting from a conversation he has denied.
"All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states for recertification and we will become President and you are the happiest people," he told his fans, who cheered, "Stop the steal!" sometimes.
& # 39; I told Mike it doesn't take courage. What takes courage is nothing to be done. It takes courage. And then we're stuck with a president who lost the election a lot and we have to live with that, ”he said of Biden.
Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani re-launched allegations of widespread election fraud – which also occurred in the Georgia Senate runoff elections
“If we are wrong we will be fooled, but if we are right many of them will go to jail. Let's try a fight, ”he said, not explaining exactly what he meant by fight
Donald Trump Jr., the President's eldest son, has called for Republican Party lawmakers in Congress to be "the hero, not the zero" and refuse to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory
Thousands of President Trump's supporters can be seen near the Washington Monument for the Save America rally on Wednesday
Trump pointed to his own vote count, but denied Biden's was real.
"And by the way, does anyone think Joe had 80 million votes?" Trump asked rhetorically. “Does anyone believe that? He had 80 million computer votes. It's a shame, ”said Trump.
His mention of the pandemic was in relation to his own race, with millions voting in the mail as thousands battled infection in a year. More than 300,000 Americans died from COVID-19.
"They used the pandemic to trick people into making a right choice," Trump said.
& # 39; Eight weeks. I want to go back eight weeks. Let's go back eight weeks, ”he pondered once, describing a conversation with an unnamed official who told him he would be banned in 2024 to win.
Trump repeatedly formulated his demands not as an attempt to overthrow the votes of the people, but as a legal effort.
"Someone says, well, we have to obey the constitution," said Trump. "And you are because you are protecting our country and protecting the Constitution as you are," he said.
He said it would protect the country from having an "illegitimate president".
& # 39; The states have been betrayed. You have received false information, "claimed Trump.
During various tangents, he complained about how he was treated on social media, such as when he tweeted “I get a flag”. "I don't care about Twitter, the bad news from Twitter," he said afterwards.
He persecuted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on several occasions, including for not following his proposal to change communications laws.
"I helped Mitch get elected," he said of the longtime incumbent.
"And then all of a sudden you have something like that," he said, persecuting "weak Republicans" and "pathetic Republicans" – despite a top official in Georgia who blamed him for the likely defeats of two incumbent Republicans in the Senate.
He also called out Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) After she commented that not accepting state certified voters would be against the constitution.
"The Liz Cheneys of the world, we have to get rid of them," said Trump.
"Brian Kemp – please the hell get him out of office," Trump said of the Georgia governor.
He said Georgia's Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger had "no idea" what was going on, but then said "maybe" that he was with the other side – the Democrats.
"I can't believe this guy was a Republican," Trump said. "He loves to record phone conversations," Trump said, referring to a leaked call where Trump asked him to find 11,780 votes to make him the winner.
"People love this conversation because it says what's going on," Trump said.
Donald Trump Jr. (left), the President's eldest son, kisses his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle (right) before speaking ahead of the rally on Wednesday
Donald Trump Jr. claimed there were 100,000 people there, but the pictures showed far fewer and he hit down elected Republicans who refused to obey his father's claims
Trump also complained about the Supreme Court failing to take a lawsuit in Texas he was trying to join, and even about his former Attorney General Bill Barr, who said before he left his post there was not enough fraud to make the outcome to change.
“I'm not happy with the Supreme Court. You want to rule against me. I picked three people. I fought like hell for one, "said Trump.
“You know, I recently read a story in one of the newspapers about how I control the three Supreme Court justices. I control them. They are puppets. I read about Bill Barr – that he's my personal attorney, that he will do anything for me. & # 39;
But he denied pulling Barr's strings. And I said you know it's really awesome because what they do is and it really makes it really impossible for them to ever give you a win because suddenly Bill Barr changed if you hadn't noticed. I like Bill Barr, but he changed because he didn't want to be my personal attorney and the Supreme Court. You decided so much against me, do you know why? Because the story is, I haven't spoken to any of them. Ever since they practically got in, but the story is that they are my puppet, right, that they are puppets. And now that they can only get out of there – because they hate that it is not good in their social environment. And the only way they can get out of there is to rule against Trump. So let's rule against Trump and they will. & # 39;
Giuliani said, “If we are wrong we will be fooled, but if we are right many of them will go to jail. Let's try a fight, ”he said, not explaining exactly what he meant by fight.
"I am ready to assert my reputation, the president is ready to base his reputation on the fact that we will find crime there," said the former New York mayor. Trump and his allies have suffered dozens of casualties in state and federal courts with election fraud lawsuits.
He spoke to thousands of cheering supporters on the ellipse south of the White House. A permit was for 30,000 people.
The President's son, Donald Trump Jr., claimed there were 100,000 people there, but the pictures showed far fewer.
He beat up elected Republicans who refused to follow his father's allegations of fraud.
“The people who did nothing to stop the theft – this gathering should send them a message. This is no longer your Republican Party. This is Donald Trump's Republican Party. This is the Republican Party that will put America first, ”he said.
His girlfriend, former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, also spoke.
After claiming fraud in Trump's election, John Eastman claimed fraud Tuesday night, allowing Rev. Raphael Warnock to come out victorious in one runoff and Democrat Jon Ossoff led in another.
Explaining how the scam he claims happened, Eastman said, "You know the old way was to have some ballot papers in a box under the floor … you put those ballots in a secret folder in the machines and waited there until they wait until they know how many they need … I can now match these unconciled ballot papers with an unconciled voter in this machine and compile them in the machine. How do we know this happened in real time last night? You saw when it got 99 percent of the vote and it stopped. & # 39;
He pointed out a late point in the vote while the counties were still tabulating votes – a version of Trump's complaint that he led to early returnees on election night in November. Last night, Republicans led the way until additional personal votes were received in populous democratic counties.
"That means they unloaded the ballot papers from this secret folder," he claimed.
Eric Trump (right), the President's son, and his wife Lara Trump raise their fists in front of thousands of supporters near the White House on Wednesday
A militia-like group made their way to Trump's rally on Wednesday morning
Trump supporters gather near the White House and watch the rally on a big screen nearby
A woman holds a sign that reads "Trump is the Party" as the President's supporters gather in the grounds of the Washington Monument
Trump supporters brave the cold temperatures in Washington, DC on Wednesday hours before the scheduled demonstrations begin
At least 10 people were arrested for gun crimes and other violations, and others were seen clashing with counter-demonstrators.
A North Carolina man was arrested after being caught with an unlicensed gun.
The man was riding a bus to the capital that was stopped by police near Ninth Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
The police got on the bus and confiscated a rifle and a pistol and a drum magazine with additional ammunition.
Trump was due to speak to supporters later that morning during a rally on the Ellipse.
Many in the crowd were photographed without masks and gathered shoulder to shoulder in narrow spaces despite the raging pandemic and spike in the number of coronavirus cases nationwide.
A Trump supporter is seen at Wednesday's rally wearing a protective vest adorned with Trump badges
Trump was due to address his supporters later that morning during a rally on the ellipse south of the White House
"Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!" Donald Trump turns Pence on and tells him to ignore the Constitution and not confirm Joe Biden's victory in Congress – what even a White House adviser describes as "shameful".
Donald Trump tweeted angrily about his own Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday to demand that he refuse to confirm Joe Biden's election victory.
Trump urged Pence to ignore the Constitution and instead return the swing states' electoral roll for Joe Biden to Republican-controlled lawmakers who would then submit their own Trump voters.
Pence has no such power to do so – and told Trump the New York Times reported at lunch Tuesday – but Trump doubled his demands when thousands of his supporters, some in disguise, gathered near the White House.
“The states want to correct their votes that they now know are based on irregularities and fraud. In addition, corrupt practices have never received legislative approval. All Mike Pence has to do is send her back to the States and we win. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage! & # 39; Trump tweeted.
There was a shock at the White House that Trump would attack his ultra-loyal Vice President so publicly.
CNN reported That one aide called the attack on the Vice President "shameful" amid fears from Pence's camp that it would get worse.
The tweet was hours before Pence was due to chair the joint session of Congress that officially declared Biden the election winner – and when the Republican Party received the shock of being on the verge of losing the Senate.
Trump seemed to admit that the Senate was lost in a tweet claiming Republicans must retain "the power of the veto".
“THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND, MORE IMPORTANT, OUR COUNTRY, NEEDS THE PRESIDENCE MORE THAN THAN BEFORE – THE FORCE OF VETO. STAY STRONG! THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND, MORE IMPORTANT, OUR COUNTRY, NEEDS THE PRESIDENCE MORE THAN THAN BEFORE – THE FORCE OF VETO. STAYING DOWN! & # 39; Trump tweeted.
An attempt to turn on pence had been inevitable for days. Axios reported that Trump had no idea that Pence was overseeing the certification of election results – until he found out about it in a television commercial for the Lincoln Project, the republican group that was never Trump and was led by Kellyanne Conway's husband George.
Tweetstorm turns on Pence: Donald Trump followed his own vice president in a tweetstorm
On Tuesday evening, ABC News White House correspondent Jon Karl reported that Trump "was ready to go after Pence and hunt him down" if he didn't queue up and hold the election at the special session of Congress, which will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday Clock starts, crashes.
That was after Trump described the revelation that Pence had told him he was powerless to stop Biden's victory as "false news" in a statement signed only by Trump – and not his deputy.
"Decertifying" the results would plunge the country into constitutional crisis, but Trump claimed Pence was "totally in agreement" that he "has the power to act."
Trump's statement publicly got Pence going after a print campaign that has been running privately for weeks and exploded in public on Monday night at Trump's Georgia rally and then on Tuesday on Twitter.
"The New York Times report on comments that Vice President Pence allegedly made to me today is false news," Trump said in a White House statement. It was dated 2020.
& # 39; He never said that. The Vice President and I agree that the Vice President has authority to act.
„Die Wahlen am 3. November waren in den umkämpften Staaten korrupt, und insbesondere entsprachen sie nicht der Verfassung, da sie die Wahlregeln und -bestimmungen in großem Umfang geändert haben, wie dies von lokalen Richtern und Politikern vorgeschrieben wurde, nicht von staatlichen Gesetzgebern. Dies bedeutet, dass es illegal war.
Schlechte Nachrichten: Mike Pence wurde am Dienstag im Weißen Haus gesichtet, nachdem Trump getwittert hatte, dass der Vizepräsident die Stimmen des Wahlkollegiums disqualifizieren könnte. Pence war auf dem Weg, Trump zu sagen, dass er es nicht konnte
Der Versuch, den Schlag zu erleichtern: Mike Pence sagte Trump, er könnte versuchen, seine Betrugsansprüche anzuerkennen – teilweise getrieben von seiner eigenen Angst, dass die Bestätigung von Joe Bidens Sieg gegen ihn verwendet wird
Trumps Tweet ist falsch und Pence hat nicht die Macht, Wählerlisten abzulehnen
'Unser Vizepräsident hat gemäß der US-Verfassung mehrere Optionen. Er kann die Ergebnisse dekertifizieren oder zur Änderung und Zertifizierung an die Staaten zurücksenden.
"Er kann auch die illegalen und korrupten Ergebnisse dekertifizieren und sie an das Repräsentantenhaus senden, um eine Stimme für eine staatliche Tabelle zu erhalten."
Bezeichnenderweise wurde die Erklärung jedoch nicht von Pence unterzeichnet – und die rechtlichen Ansprüche, die Trump geltend machte, schienen mit den Plänen von Rudy Giuliani übereinzustimmen, nicht des Senatsparlamentariers, der Pence mitgeteilt hat, dass seine Befugnisse auf die Bestätigung der gelesenen Stimmen des Wahlkollegiums beschränkt sind draußen auf dem Boden des Kongresses.
Trump twitterte auch "große Neuigkeiten aus Pennsylvania" mit einer Kopie eines Briefes, den der republikanische Gesetzgeber an Mitch McConnell und den republikanischen Minderheitsführer im Haus sandte und in dem er darum bat, die Zertifizierung "zu verzögern".
Der Gesetzgeber forderte, dass das Wahlergebnis verschoben werden sollte, bis der Oberste Gerichtshof eine republikanische Anfechtung der Abstimmungsergebnisse in Pennsylvania in Betracht gezogen hat – die Richter hatten keinen Termin für eine Anhörung festgelegt und bat um Antworten am 22. Januar, nachdem Trump sein Amt niedergelegt hatte .
In dem Schreiben werden Behauptungen über die Wahl wiederholt, die von staatlichen und bundesstaatlichen Gerichten wiederholt abgewiesen wurden.
Dass Trump getwittert hat, zeigt, wie verzweifelt er sich mit dem Kongress an Strohhalme geklammert hat, um sein Angebot, die Wahl bereits am Mittwoch zu stürzen, zu torpedieren.
Trump hatte zuerst gewollt, dass die Republikaner abstimmen, um Wähler aus Swing-Staaten abzulehnen, aber eine Mehrheit der GOP-Senatoren hat klargestellt, dass sie dem nicht zustimmen werden, was sie bei ihrer Ankunft tot macht.
Sein nächster Versuch ist zu behaupten, Pence habe die Befugnis, Stimmen einfach selbst abzulehnen, eine Behauptung, die von Rudy Giuliani und anderen Randanwälten vorgebracht, aber von Verfassungsexperten als absurd abgetan wurde.
Pence selbst soll Trump am Dienstag mitgeteilt haben, dass er sich geirrt habe.
Er übermittelte die schlechten Nachrichten während des Mittagessens, berichtete die New York Times und schlug die Pille zu, indem er vorschlug, Trumps diskreditierte Behauptungen in irgendeiner Weise anzuerkennen, wenn er den Vorsitz im Senat innehat.
Vor dem traditionell zeremoniellen Ereignis hatte Präsident Donald Trump seine Druckkampagne auf Pence eskaliert, um ihm zu helfen, die Wahlergebnisse umzukehren und weitere vier Jahre im Weißen Haus zu verbringen.
"Der Vizepräsident hat die Befugnis, betrügerisch gewählte Wähler abzulehnen", twitterte der Präsident am Dienstagmorgen und erklärte fälschlicherweise, was Pence tun kann, wenn er den Vorsitz führt.
But shortly after when the two met for their regular lunch, Pence delivered the bad news that he could not.
The New York Times reported that Pence also told Trump to lighten the blow that he would keep 'studying the issue' until the joint session begins at 1pm Wednesday.
In fact Pence spent hours this week with the Senate Parliamentarian, who advises senators and the vice president on the rules when they are on the floor of the Senate – or in Pence's unique case, presiding over the joint session certifying the election.
Truth to power: Donald Trump demanded publicly Monday night at his rally in Georgia and then on Twitter that the vice president aid his campaign to overturn the election. Pence told him Tuesday he could not
Desperation move: Trump's extraordinary plan to overturn the election through Mike Pence is a final attempt to stop Joe Biden's victory being confirmed
If a member of the House and Senate both object to one of the state's slates of electors, the two chambers split to debate the objection for two hours – with Pence presiding over the Senate.
That is when he could offer some 'acknowledgment' of Trump's claims about fraud to ameliorate both the blow to his boss, and the potential for the president to turn on his ultra-loyal deputy in the dying days of the administration, and beyond.
Pence is said to be particularly concerned that his certification of Biden's victory could be weaponized against him on social media.
His delivery of bad news to Trump came after a lawsuit brought by Louis Gohmert, an ultra-loyalist congressman, which demanded that federal courts say Pence could disqualify electoral college votes was dismissed rapidly by a judge and an appeals court.
That legal move would have offered Pence some cover that he could point to judges as having ruled out the possibility that he could disqualify voters – which no vice president had ever done and which constitutional experts had said was simply legally impossible.
But an 'acknowledgment' of Trump's claims represents a Pyrrhic victory for the president – with Republican senators dealing his campaign to have them vote against approving swing states' votes a series of blows Tuesday, as more and more said they would not get behind it.
Senators Tim Scott and Jim Inhofe became the latest GOP lawmakers to risk the wrath of Trump with their decision to back Biden – at least 23 Republican senators will vote to certify Biden's election win
Senators Tim Scott and Jim Inhofe became the latest GOP lawmakers to risk the wrath of Trump with their decision to back Biden.
'As I read the Constitution, there is no constitutionally viable means for the Congress to overturn an election wherein the states have certified and sent their Electors. Some of my colleagues believe they have found a path, and while our opinions differ, I do not doubt their good intentions to take steps towards stamping out voter fraud,' Scott said in a statement.
Inhofe also cited the Constitution as his reason.
'My job on Wednesday is clear, and there are only two things I am permitted to do under the Constitution: ensure the electors are properly certified and count the electoral votes, even when I disagree with the outcome,' he said in a statement.
More and more Republican senators joined in as the clock ticked toward Wednesday, including Senators Jerry Moran and John Boozman.
Moran said the plan to object would 'risk undermining our democracy–which is built upon the rule of law and separation of powers.'
And Boozman made a similar argument.
'Under the Constitution, Congress does not have the legal authority to change the outcome,' he said. 'These principles are enshrined in the Constitution to ensure the American people, not the party in control of Congress, have the power to choose their president.'
At least 24 Republican senators will vote to certify Biden's election win, according to a count by Politico while 13 are supporting Trump. And 14 are undecided. The Senate is short one senator as David Perdue's term ended January 3rd. The winner of Tuesday's special election in Georgia will take the seat.
It takes a simple majority of 51 senators to sustain the objection to a state's electoral college result, upending it.
But with all 48 Democrats unlikely to do so and the 24 Republicans joining them, that's 72 votes for Biden, leaving Trump's hopes in the dust.
Senator Ted Cruz, who is leading the objection effort, will challenge the results of Arizona on Wednesday while Senator Kelly Loeffler will likely lead the objection when it comes to the results in her home state of Georgia. Senator Josh Hawley, another GOP leader in the movement, will challenge Pennsylvania's.
The focus of the objections would be on those three states – down from the original six lawmakers originally discussed.
Even without the outcome highly unlikely to go Trump's way there is bound to be plenty of fiery floor debate and political theater.
But Trump may not get a mass gathering of Republican lawmakers protesting on the floor.
The House Sergeant at Arms and Capitol physician sent a memo to lawmakers Tuesday evening about the joint session, requesting that 'access to the Floor of the House will be limited to those Members who are scheduled to speak during the joint session.'
And for Pence, who has walked the tight rope of Trump's presidency for four years without faltering, what he does Wednesday will be the ultimate loyalty test, at least in the eyes of the president, who is publicly putting on the pressure.
Trump has made it clear he expects his second-in-command to keep him in the White House even if Pence does not legally or constitutionally have the power to do so.
“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us. He's a great guy,' Trump told a campaign rally Monday night in Dalton, Georgia. "Of course, if he doesn't get through I won't like him that much."
READ THE FULL 12th AMENDMENT
The 12th Amendment is the fundamental law behind Congress certifying the election on Wednesday. But it is also one of the most complicated parts of the Constitution, starting with a 202-word multi-clause sentence. Here is its full text.
The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; -The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; -The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President.
But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.
And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President-The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice.
But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.
Ultimately, Biden is expected to be certified as the winner of the election on Wednesday, which Pence, in his role as president of the Senate, is expected to announce after the certification is complete.
The 12th amendment of the Constitution – along with the Electoral Count Act of 1887 – makes it clear Pence's role is to make parliamentary rulings. It does not include any power in how Congress counts the electoral votes.
When it comes to a conflict between the House and Senate over whether or not to certify a state's electoral college count, the Electoral Count Act of 1887 gives the deciding power to the state's governor and not the vice president, meaning the state's result will stand and Pence has no legal path to overturning it.
Pence would not be the first vice president to have to preside over his party's loss of the White House: Richard Nixon, Dan Quayle, Al Gore and Joe Biden all presided over counts that handed them, or their party, a defeat. Biden even gaveled down an effort to object to Trump's victory when he presided over the electoral count in January 2017.
But Pence is likely the first vice president who will be blamed by his boss for it.
Biden won the electoral college by 306 votes to Trump's 232. When all is said and done, Biden will be inaugurated the 46th president on January 20th.
Trump, however, has refused to concede the contest. He continues to claim massive voter fraud but has shown no proof of any such thing. His former Attorney General Bill Barr said he saw no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
A report in Roll Call raised questions about what exactly Pence will do Wednesday. The Capitol Hill newspaper quoted Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, the pro temp of the Senate, saying he would be presiding instead of Pence because 'we don't expect him to be there.'
But Pence's office was quick to say the vice president would be present and Grassley's office quickly clarified the senator was referring to having to take over if Pence needed a break.
It raised questions, however, if Pence would be taking those breaks when things got hot politically speaking.
Pence's role is to open the states' sealed certificates in alphabetical order and hand them them to one of four 'tellers' — a Republican and a Democrat from each chamber of Congress – who will announce how each state voted.
As each state's result is read, Pence will ask whether any member of Congress wishes to raise an objection. If an objection is raised from both a House and Senate member, the matter goes to each chamber for two hours of debate and a vote on whether or not to sustain the objection.
As part of his parliamentary duties, it's Pence who will decide if the objection is valid to warrant the two-hour debate and vote in each chamber.
After the breakout session, lawmakers return to the joint session to continue the roll call of state results. If there is another objection, the process begins all over again.
Given the Democratic control of the House and the fact that many Republican senators don't support the objections, none are expected to be sustained.
Trump and his allies were hoping enough objections would occur to bring Biden under the 270 mark in the electoral college count – the amount needed to win the presidency.
That would throw the election to the House. Under the 12th Amendment to the Constitution, each state congressional delegation gets one vote. While Democrats control the House, Republicans control the majority of state delegations, which is how Trump hopes to be 'elected.'
Vice President Mike Pence (left) and his Chief of Staff Marc Short stand in the Oval Office before President Donald Trump departs the White House on Monday for a campaign rally in Georgia
While campaigning for Georgia's Senate candidates in that state on Monday, Pence responded to shouts of the 'stop the steal' with this: 'We all got our doubts about the last election. And I want to assure you, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about voting irregularities. And I promise you, come this Wednesday, we'll have our day in Congress.'
He made no promises of an outcome.
Other points of pressure are coming Pence's way.
Peter Navarro, the White House trade adviser, claimed inaccurately on Fox News over the weekend that Pence could call for an 'emergency 10-day audit' of the election returns in the states Trump allies are disputing. Pence does not have that power.
Pence and his chief of staff Marc Short were in the Oval Office with President Trump and other advisers on Monday night before the president left for Georgia to campaign for the two Republican senators on the ballot in Tuesday's special election.
But most of Trump's remarks at that rally were about himself.
"You know, I had two elections, I won both, it's amazing," said Trump. "And in the second, I actually did a lot better."
The low down on how Congress certifies the Electoral College vote
At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Senators and Representatives will gather in the House chamber for a Joint Session of Congress to count and certify the electoral college ballots.
Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump by 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232.
But the constitution calls for Congress to certify the results, in a process that has become largely procedural. It is very difficult to over turn an election and it has never happened in American history.
Republicans, however, have vowed to object to the electoral college results, dragging out the certification process and putting on a grand display of theater that will likely please the president.
Here's how the day will play out:
The process is presided over by the president of the Senate, which is Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence will open the states' sealed certificates in alphabetical order and hand them them to one of four 'tellers' — a Republican and a Democrat from each chamber of Congress – who will announce how each state voted.
As each state's result is read, Pence will ask whether any member of Congress wishes to raise an objection.
At least one member of the House and one member of the Senate must object for the objection to stand. The law also states the objection must be in writing.
If the objection is recognized, the lawmakers go to their respective chambers to debate the matter for up to two hours.
Then the House and Senate each votes on whether to sustain the objection – which would dismiss the state's votes – or reject the objection.
For a state's results to be dismissed, majorities of both chambers have to vote to sustain the objection. If one chamber votes to sustain the objection and the other doesn't, the objection is dismissed and the state's electoral college results stand.
The Democratically-controlled House is unlikely to support sustaining an objection, meaning the states' results will stand and Biden will ultimately be declared the winner.
Additionally, the Republican-controlled Senate isn't likely to vote in favor of an objection, either. The GOP has a slim margin in the upper chamber and a number of Republican senators have voiced their objections to the objection process.
After the objection is voted on by each chamber, the joint session reconvenes and continues with the count. If there's another objection to a different state's vote, the process is repeated.
President Trump's allies are looking at challenging three states: Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, which could go into the early morning hours of Thursday.
'At the end of the day, which could be the middle of the night, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be officially declared the next President and Vice President of the United States,' Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote to Democratic House members on Monday.
After the votes are recorded from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the vice president declares who has received the requisite majority of electoral college votes. That announcement finalizes the election.
WHAT IF THE OBJECTIONS ARE SUSTAINED?
If, by some remote chance, an objection is sustained, Trump and his allies hope that will result in the electors being thrown out, ultimately bringing Biden's electoral count below the 270 needed to win.
If all three state challenges are successful, Biden would have 259 electoral votes, throwing the election to the House of Representatives to select the next president.
Under the 12th Amendment to the Constitution, each state congressional delegation gets one vote.
While Democrats control the House, Republicans control the majority of state delegations, which is how Trump hopes to be 'elected.'
Sources: NBC News, Washington Post, New York Times
'Don't argue with fools!' Top Democrat Cedric Richmond warns party's reps not to get dragged into debate in Congress over Republicans' bid to overturn the election results on Wednesday
President Trump's demand that Congress overturn the election results in states he lost has provoked a split in his party – and Democratic leaders are now cautioning their own members to steer clear of arguments when the vote gets certified.
Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat who is joining the incoming Biden administration as director of White House engagement, has told colleagues there isn't an upside to jumping into a point-by-point clash over Trump's election fraud claims.
'You don't argue with fools, because at a distance you can't tell who the fool is,' he said on a party conference call Monday, Politico reported.
'You don't argue with fools,' Representative Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana is urging colleagues
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is mindful of the spectacle that the election challenges could provoke – and wants her members to be 'dignified' through the process – although unsubstantiated allegations of widespread fraud by Texas GOP Rep. Louis Goehmert and others is certain to provoke an angry backlash.
The House meets Wednesday in a special joint session to count the Electoral College votes.
The number of Republican senators planning to go along with election challenges grew to 13 at Trump's Georgia rally when Sen. Kelly Loeffler announced she was behind the effort.
But the leaked recording of Trump's call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger may have undermined the Senate GOP efforts by linking claims the lawmakers hitched to the Constitution to the president's request that Raffensperger 'find' 11,780 votes for him.
It was unclear if the explosive call had prompted Senate Republicans to dial back some of their plans and focus on a smaller number of states to launch challenges.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants Democrats to remain dignified as Republicans challenge the election Joe Biden won by 306 to 232 electoral votes
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he will raise election challenges
President Donald Trump asked Georgia's secretary of state to 'find' 11,780 votes for him
Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley (R) was the first senator to say publicly he would back election challenges
Georgia election official Gabriel Sterling debunked many of the president's 'fantastical' claims in a press conference Monday.
GOP strategist Doug Heye told The Hill regarding Trump's leaked call: 'The tape now makes it harder for other people to join on. They had a legal process argument that they could make even if it wasn't the most credible one,' he continued. 'The tape blows that out of the water.'
Whatever Democratic leaders caution, rank-and-file Democrats who get opportunities to speak when Republicans raise protests to states' electoral votes are likely to get heated.
'It's treasonous. The fact of the matter is the election results have been certified,' said Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif. Party leaders are preparing for tense debates on Wednesday
Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) is among those who have erupted at Republicans going along with Trump's effort.
'It's treasonous. The fact of the matter is the election results have been certified,' he said.
If a House and Senate member object to a state's certification, each chamber will meet separately for two hours to consider the challenge, where members will give speeches, followed by a vote.
More than 100 House Republicans are expected to back election challenges.
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