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Mike Pence publicly DENIES Trump's request to block Joe Biden's confirmation


The Capitol was locked after thousands of Donald Trump's supporters stormed the building in protest against Congress, which upheld the election for Joe Biden. Several at the front successfully gained access to the interior after breaking a window.

Shortly before the lockdown, Vice President Mike Pence was escorted from the premises, Speaker Nancy Pelosi vacated her chair in the Chamber of the House, and the House and Senate abruptly deepened.

A Capitol police officer urged lawmakers to vacate the building after top leaders were escorted.

When Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lanford formally raised his challenge to the results, temporary Senate President Chuck Grassley stepped in to take a break.

"My challenge today isn't about the good Arizona people," Lankford said, but was interrupted by Grassley, who hit the hammer.

"We'll be on break until the chairman calls," said Grassley.

"You didn't say anything," someone outside the camera said to Landford as the Senators shuffled across the room. Shortly before this, images emerged of hundreds of protesters descending on the Capitol steps after gathering near the White House for President Donald Trump.

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

Members of Congress ran off the ground when police ordered them to evacuate to their offices for their own safety after a mob broke the police barricades

Members of Congress ran off the ground when police ordered them to evacuate to their offices for their own safety after a mob broke the police barricades

The storm stalled confirmation of Joe Biden's victory - after Pence said he would defy Trump and refuse to overthrow the election with one hand

The storm stalled confirmation of Joe Biden's victory – after Pence said he would defy Trump and refuse to overthrow the election with one hand

Donald Trump supporters are seen inside the U.S. Capitol after rioters breached security and entered the Capitol

Protesters point to the US Capitol Police in the corridor outside the Senate Chamber in the Capitol

Protesters point to the US Capitol Police in the corridor outside the Senate Chamber in the Capitol

Shortly before this, images emerged of hundreds of protesters descending on the Capitol steps after gathering near the White House for President Donald Trump

Shortly before this, images emerged of hundreds of protesters descending on the Capitol steps after gathering near the White House for President Donald Trump

A Capitol police officer urged lawmakers to vacate the building after top leaders were escorted

A Capitol police officer urged lawmakers to vacate the building after top leaders were escorted

Vice President Mike Pence has refused to go along with Donald Trump's call to reverse the results of the electoral college and confirm Joe Biden's election victory

Vice President Mike Pence has refused to go along with Donald Trump's call to reverse the results of the electoral college and confirm Joe Biden's election victory

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

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

Pence acknowledged Trump's allegations that the election had been rigged, which there was no evidence and no court, in a likely peace offer to the president

Pence acknowledged Trump's allegations that the election had been rigged, which there was no evidence and no court, in a likely peace offer to the president

When the footage came off Capitol Hill and was injured by angry Trump supporters, Donald Trump Jr. attempted to suppress the outbreak with a tweet – that was critical of Democrats and Liberals.

& # 39; That is wrong and not who we are. Be peaceful and use your first amendment rights, but don't act like the other side, "wrote Trump Jr .." We have to save a country and it won't help anyone. "

Meanwhile, the president continued to focus his anger on Pence, who had previously announced that he would not single-handedly overturn the election results from his position as chairman.

"Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our constitution, and to allow states to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones they had to certify beforehand. " USA demands the truth! & # 39; the president wrote.

The extraordinary closure was a departure from security vulnerabilities of the past. The protesters routinely interrupted the ongoing television hearings and even the events in the chamber of the house. However, the trained Capitol Police are usually able to arrest troublemakers and remove them immediately. Often, formal charges are never filed.

But in the storming of the building on Wednesday, dozens of people made it by armed police officers and entered the building without taking any security precautions to keep those with guns or dangerous objects away.

There have been cases after 9/11 when the building was locked and people were told to leave the building. However, this usually happened when suspicious packages were detected.

There are more than 2,000 Capitol Police officers in charge of the Capitol. However, footage from inside the building showed no immediate mass arrest efforts.

If the building is open, as it was before the pandemic, members of the public are not allowed to go unaccompanied to the second floor, where lawmakers enter and exit the legislative chambers.

The protesters were supported by scaffolding built for the upcoming inauguration.

In a letter on Wednesday, Pence said, "It is my deliberate judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution prevents me from using unilateral authority to determine which votes should and should not be counted."

In a letter on Wednesday, Pence said, "It is my deliberate judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution prevents me from using unilateral authority to determine which votes should and should not be counted."

Trump told thousands of supporters outside the White House that he wanted pence to "get through" for us and demanded that he reject votes on the grounds that the president claims it was "a fraud".

He threatened Pence with the words "I don't hear good stories" and told him to have "courage" to put down the voices of the swing states – a move that would be against the constitution.

But minutes before arriving on Capitol Hill to chair the joint session of Congress and confirm the election result, Pence bluntly told lawmakers that he would refuse to obey Trump's instructions.

Pence sent a letter to the 535 Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill prior to chairing the joint session confirming Joe Biden's victory.

In it he outlined his belief in his role in what he describes as "ceremonial", adding that it does not include the power to "determine which votes should and should not be counted".

Trump tried to blame Pence for his expected loss on Wednesday, but the president also has no support from a majority of senators in his own party, doomed his efforts to overthrow the results by Congress.

Pence acknowledged Trump's allegations that the election was rigged, for which there was no evidence and no court upheld, in a likely peace offer to the president.

"I share the concern of millions of Americans about the integrity of this election," he wrote.

As Vice President, however, he found that the constitution does not give him the power to decide which votes are counted and which are not.

As a history student who loves the Constitution and venerates its drafters, I do not believe that our country's foundations intended to give the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide which votes to count during the joint congressional session, and no, the Vice President of the American history has ever asserted such authority, ”noted Pence.

He added that in the past, vice-presidents "have conducted the process in an orderly manner, even if the census resulted in the defeat of their party or their own candidacy".

"It is my deliberate judgment that my oath to support and defend the constitution prevents me from using unilateral authority to determine which votes should and should not be counted," he said.

He concluded his letter with a prayer to God: “When the joint session of Congress meets today, I will do my duty to see that we open the electoral papers of the various states. We hear objections from senators and officials. and we count the votes of the electoral college for presidents and vice-presidents in accordance with our constitution, our laws, and our history. May God help me. & # 39;

Pelosi reminded lawmakers that due to social distancing, only 11 members of each party were allowed to enter the house at a time. She called on Republicans to have too many lawmakers on the ground

Pelosi reminded lawmakers that due to social distancing, only 11 members of each party were allowed to enter the house at a time. She called on Republicans to have too many lawmakers on the ground

"The law says voter registration ends on October 5th. Democrats said we don't care what the law says that they went to court and had to renew an Obama-appointed judge in 18 days," said Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally at Capitol Hill, complained about Arizona

Nancy Pelosi, spokeswoman, led the debate. She disinfected the hammer before using it. Pence had used it when he chaired the joint session

Nancy Pelosi, spokeswoman, led the debate. She disinfected the hammer before using it. Pence had used it when he chaired the joint session

REPUBLICAN OBJECT TO ARIZONA'S VOTES

Legislators passed through Alabama and Alaska, two states that voted for Trump, without objection.

Republican Paul Gosar of Arizona rejected the votes of his state electoral college to Biden and Harris. He confirmed that his objection had been signed by a US Senator.

The Democrats in the chamber groaned audibly.

Crowds of Republicans in the chamber stood up and clapped.

The move forced Pence to order the houses from the joint session. The senators in the House of Representatives went back to their side of the US Capitol.

On the House side, Republican lawmakers used their time during their debate on the Arizona objection to complain about the president's treatment, particularly the impeachment proceedings and special adviser Robert Mueller's investigation.

They did not provide evidence of electoral fraud, but complained that electoral laws were changed before the November contest, which is not illegal.

"The law says voter registration ends on October 5th. Democrats said we don't care what the law says that they went to court and had to renew an Obama-appointed judge in 18 days," said Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally at Capitol Hill, complained about Arizona.

In many states, voter registration deadlines have been extended due to the coronavirus pandemic – the extension applied to voters from both parties. Other states again extended the mail-in voting period due to the pandemic and applied to all voters.

Democrats argued the election was conducted legally.

"In some of the most difficult circumstances in our history, our fellow citizens held a free and fair election that reaffirmed our founders' belief that we are capable of self-government and peaceful transfer of power," said Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff.

Nancy Pelosi, spokeswoman, led the debate. She disinfected the hammer before using it. Pence had used it when he chaired the joint session.

Pelosi also reminded lawmakers that due to social distancing, only 11 members of each party were allowed to enter the house at a time. She called on Republicans to have too many lawmakers on the ground.

MITCH MCCONNELL SLAMS ELECTION & # 39; Conspiracy Theories & # 39;

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell embarrassed Donald Trump and his own Republican colleagues for increasingly questioning the electoral college vote. He said this could create a "death spiral" in American democracy – and pointed out that there is no real evidence of widespread electoral fraud.

"We are debating a move never taken in American history, whether Congress should override voters and overturn a presidential election," he said in the Senate, following Rep. Paul Gosar and a number of GOP senators, including Sen. Ted Cruz rejected the Arizona electoral college vote.

McConnell mocked President Donald Trump's claims of widespread electoral fraud in what will be one of his last five-minute speeches as a majority leader – and which he believes was the most important vote of his career.

"The allegations range from specific local allegations to constitutional arguments and sweeping conspiracy theories," said McConnell.

He reminded the senators that he supported Trump in the application of the country's legal system, which handed loss to loss to the president and his team. And pointed out that these cases were heard by some of the "all-star judges the president himself nominated" – including the US Supreme Court.

McConnell said each election is plagued by a few cases of voting irregularities. "And of course that is unacceptable," he said.

McConnell mocked President Donald Trump's claims of widespread electoral fraud in what will be one of his last five-minute speeches as a majority leader - and which he believes was the most important vote of his career

McConnell mocked President Donald Trump's claims of widespread electoral fraud in what will be one of his last five-minute speeches as a majority leader – and which he believes was the most important vote of his career

The Senate top Republican also said he supports "strong government-led voting reforms", adding that he did not want "last year's bizarre pandemic trials" – like postal ballots that gave Democrats an edge – the new norm. & # 39;

"But my colleagues, nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale, the massive scale that would have affected the entire election," argued McConnell. "Even public doubts alone cannot justify a radical break if the doubt itself was instigated without evidence."

He pointed out that the Constitution gives Congress a "limited role".

"We just can't make ourselves the national steroids electoral board," said McConnell.

McConnell twisted the knife in Trump, pointing out that the race between Biden and Trump "wasn't unusually close".

"The electoral college's leeway was almost the same as it was in 2016," McConnell said.

"If this election were overturned by mere allegations on the losing side, our democracy would get into a death spiral," warned McConnell. "We'd never see an entire nation accept elections again."

"Every four years there would be a power struggle at any cost," he added.

TRUMP & # 39; S STOP THE STEAL RALLY

This came after President Donald Trump angered "weak" Republicans and demanded allegiance from Pence at a rally near the White House where he demanded that Pence and Congress overturn the election results that led to his defeat put.

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 Joe Biden.

Trump labeled votes that came in after 10pm after election night – which consisted of personal and postal ballot papers, and denied him the leadership 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 pocketed 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's 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 allegations of electoral fraud.

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;

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".

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".

Hours after a humiliating defeat in one race in the Georgia Senate and the prospect of losing another, Team Trump showed no signs of conceding

Hours after a humiliating defeat in one race in the Georgia Senate and the prospect of losing another, Team Trump showed no signs of conceding

A booth has been set up at the foot of the U.S. Capitol with a pro-Trump supporter holding a flag hours before Congress meets to confirm the electoral college vote for Biden

A crowd of Trump supporters gathered outside the White House for a rally on Wednesday

A crowd of Trump supporters gathered outside the White House for a rally on Wednesday

He urged his supporters 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 the heat on Pence, a potential 2024 contender who will lead the count. Its role is set out 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 electoral fraud – which also occurred in the Georgia Senate runoff election

“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

“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

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

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, for example 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 several times, 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 this," he said, persecuting "weak Republicans" and "pathetic Republicans" – even though a top official in Georgia blamed him for the probable 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 calls," Trump said, referring to a leaked call asking Trump 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. (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 beat up elected Republicans who refused to follow his father's claims

Donald Trump Jr. claimed there were 100,000 people there, but the pictures showed far fewer and he beat up elected Republicans who refused to follow 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.

"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 all of a sudden 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 like this – because they hate that it is not good in their social environment. And the only way they can get out is to rule against Trump. So let's rule against Trump and they will. & # 39;

“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 Bill Barr suddenly changed when 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 like this – because they hate that it is not good in their social environment. And the only way they can get out 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.

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

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

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 large screen nearby

Trump supporters gather near the White House and watch the rally on a large 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

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

Trump supporters brave the cold temperatures in Washington, DC on Wednesday hours before the scheduled demonstrations begin

A Trump supporter is seen at Wednesday's rally wearing a protective vest adorned with Trump badges

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

Trump was due to address his supporters later that morning during a rally on the ellipse south of the White House

The United States Park Police arrested a man near the Washington Monument on Wednesday

The United States Park Police arrested a man near the Washington Monument on Wednesday

After alleging fraud in Trump's election, John Eastman claimed fraud Tuesday night, allowing Rev. Raphael Warnock to come out on top 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 put them together 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, the Republicans led the way until additional personal votes were received in populous, democratic counties. "That means they are unloading the ballot papers from this secret folder," he claimed.

At least 10 people were arrested for gun crime 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, which 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.

Many in the crowd were photographed without masks and gathered shoulder to shoulder in narrow spaces despite the raging pandemic and the spike in coronavirus cases nationwide.

"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 – which 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, which 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 took 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 pence on 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

Tweetstorm turns on Pence: Donald Trump followed his own vice president in a tweetstorm

On Tuesday night, 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 1pm on 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 going on 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.

“The November 3rd elections were corrupt in the contested states and, in particular, they were inconsistent with the constitution as they changed electoral rules and regulations on a large scale as dictated by local judges and politicians, not state lawmakers. This means that it was illegal.

Bringing Bad News: Mike Pence was spotted at the White House Tuesday after Trump tweeted that the Vice President could disqualify the electoral college votes. Pence was on his way to tell Trump he couldn't

Bringing Bad News: Mike Pence was spotted at the White House Tuesday after Trump tweeted that the Vice President could disqualify the electoral college votes. Pence was on his way to tell Trump he couldn't

Trying to ease the blow: Mike Pence told Trump he could try to acknowledge his fraud claims - driven in part by his own fear that the confirmation of Joe Biden's victory would be used against him

Trying to ease the blow: Mike Pence told Trump he could try to acknowledge his fraud claims – driven in part by his own fear that the confirmation of Joe Biden's victory would be used against him

Trump's tweet is bogus and Pence has no power to reject voter lists

Trump's tweet is bogus and Pence has no power to reject voter lists

& # 39; Our Vice President has several options under the U.S. Constitution. He can decertify the results or send them back to the states for modification and certification.

"He can also decertify the illegal and corrupt results and send them to the House of Representatives for a vote on a state table."

Significantly, however, the statement was not signed by Pence – and the legal claims Trump made appeared to be in line with the plans of Rudy Giuliani, not the Senate MP, who told Pence that his powers were limited to confirming the votes of the electoral college are out on the floor of Congress.

Trump also tweeted "big news from Pennsylvania" with a copy of a letter the Republican legislature sent to Mitch McConnell and the Republican minority leader in the House asking for certification to be "delayed."

Legislature has called for the election result to be postponed until the Supreme Court considers a Republican challenge to the Pennsylvania poll results – justices did not set a date for a hearing and asked for responses on Jan. 22 after Trump left.

The letter reiterates allegations about the election that have been repeatedly dismissed by state and federal courts.

The fact that Trump has tweeted shows how desperately he is clinging to straws with Congress to torpedo his offer to topple the election on Wednesday.

Trump had initially wanted Republicans to vote to reject voters from swing states, but a majority of GOP Senators have made it clear that they will not agree to what will kill them when they arrive.

His next attempt is to claim that Pence has the authority to simply reject votes himself, a claim made by Rudy Giuliani and other fringe lawyers but dismissed as absurd by constitutional experts.

Pence himself reportedly told Trump on Tuesday that he was wrong.

Delivering the bad news over lunch, reporting to the New York Times and slamming the pill, suggesting that some sort of recognition of Trump's discredited claims when he presides over the Senate.

Prior to the traditionally ceremonial event, President Donald Trump had escalated his pressure campaign on pence to help reverse the election results and spend another four years in the White House.

"The vice president has the power to reject fraudulently elected voters," the president tweeted Tuesday morning, falsely explaining what Pence can do when he is in the chair.

However, shortly after the two met for their regular lunch, Pence brought the bad news that he couldn't.

The New York Times reported that Pence had also asked Trump to ease the blow that he would continue studying the subject until the joint session begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

In fact, Pence spent hours this week with the Senate MP advising the Senators and Vice Presidents on the rules when they are on the floor of the Senate – or, in Pence's unique case, presiding over the joint session that confirms the election.

Truth to Power: Donald Trump publicly called on Monday night at his rally in Georgia and then on Twitter that the Vice President support his campaign to overthrow the elections. Pence told him on Tuesday he couldn't

Despair: Trump's extraordinary plan to overthrow Mike Pence's election is a last-ditch effort to prevent Joe Biden's victory from being confirmed

Despair: Trump's extraordinary plan to overthrow Mike Pence's election is a last-ditch effort to prevent Joe Biden's victory from being confirmed

When a member of the House of Representatives and Senate objects to any of the state's electoral rolls, the two houses split to discuss the objection for two hours – with Pence presiding over the Senate.

At that point, he could "acknowledge" Trump's claims of fraud to improve both the blow on his boss and the president's potential to turn on his ultra-loyal deputy in the final days of administration and beyond.

Pence is said to be particularly concerned that his confirmation of Biden's victory on social media could be turned against him.

His delivery of bad news to Trump came after a lawsuit filed by Louis Gohmert, an ultra-loyalist Congressman, demanding that federal courts say Pence could disqualify the electoral college's votes and was swiftly dismissed by a judge and an appeals court.

That legal move would have provided Pence with some cover to point judges as they would have eliminated the possibility of disqualifying voters – which no vice president had ever done and which constitutional experts had thought was simply legally impossible.

But an "appreciation" of Trump's claims means a Pyrrhic victory for the president – with Republican senators running his campaign to get them to vote against swing state votes, a string of blows Tuesday as more and more said , they wouldn't find out.

Republican Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina

Republican Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma

Senators Tim Scott and Jim Inhofe were the latest GOP lawmakers to risk Trump's wrath in deciding to back Biden – at least 23 Republican senators will vote to confirm Biden's election victory

Senators Tim Scott and Jim Inhofe were the latest GOP lawmakers to risk Trump's wrath in their decision to endorse Biden.

“As I read the Constitution, there is no constitutionally viable means for Congress to overthrow an election in which states have confirmed and sent their voters. Some of my colleagues believe they have found a way and while our opinions differ, I do not doubt their good intentions to take steps to combat electoral fraud, "Scott said in a statement.

Inhofe also cited the constitution as a reason.

"My job on Wednesday is clear and there are only two things the constitution allows me to do: make sure voters are properly certified and that the votes count, even if I disagree with the result," he said in an explanation.

More Republican senators joined as the clock ran around Wednesday, including Senators Jerry Moran and John Boozman.

Moran said the plan to object would "undermine our democracy – based on the rule of law and separation of powers".

And Boozman made a similar argument.

"Under the Constitution, Congress does not have the legal power to change the outcome," he said. "These principles are enshrined in the constitution to ensure that the American people, not the party that controls Congress, have the power to elect their president."

At least 24 Republican senators will vote to confirm Biden's election victory, while 13 support Trump, according to a Politico count. And 14 are undecided. The Senate is a short Senator as David Perdue's term ended on January 3rd. The winner of Tuesday's special election in Georgia will take the place.

It takes a simple majority of 51 senators to uphold and improve the objection to the outcome of a state's electoral college.

But since all 48 Democrats are unlikely to do so and the 24 Republicans will join them, that's 72 votes for Biden, which leaves Trump's hopes in the dust.

Senator Ted Cruz, who leads the appeal effort, will question the Arizona results on Wednesday, while Senator Kelly Loeffler is likely to cite the appeal when it comes to the results in her home state of Georgia. Senator Josh Hawley, another GOP leader in the movement, will challenge Pennsylvania.

The focus of the objections would be on these three states – from the six originally discussed legislators.

Even without the result, which most likely will not go Trump's path, there will certainly be a lot of fiery debates and political theater.

But Trump may not get a mass gathering of Republican lawmakers protesting on the ground.

The House Sergeant at Arms and Capitol Doctor sent a memo to lawmakers Tuesday night about the joint session, requesting that "access to the floor of the house will be restricted to those members who are supposed to speak during the joint session."

And for Pence, who has stalled for four years with no problems, what he does on Wednesday will be the ultimate test of loyalty, at least in the eyes of the president, who is publicly pressure.

Trump has made it clear that he expects his deputy to keep him in the White House, even if Pence has no legal or constitutional authority to do so.

“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us. He's a great guy, ”Trump said Monday night at a rally 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 constitution behind Congress, which will confirm the election on Wednesday. But it's also one of the most complicated parts of the constitution, starting with a 202-word sentence and several sentences. Here is the full text.

Voters meet in their respective states and vote for the President and Vice President, at least one of whom cannot live with himself in the same state. They name the person elected as president on their ballot papers and the person elected as vice president on separate ballot papers, and they compile separate lists of all persons elected as president and all persons elected as vice president and on the number of votes for each listing, which to sign and certify and send sealed to the seat of the United States Government, addressed to the President of the Senate; – The President of the Senate, in the presence of the Senate and the House of Representatives, opens all certificates and the votes are counted. -The person with the highest number of votes for the President is the President if that number represents the majority of the total number of voters appointed. and if no person has such a majority, the House of Representatives shall immediately elect the President from among those with the highest number of three or less on the list of persons elected as President.

When electing the president, however, the votes are cast by the states, with the representation of each state having one vote. A quorum for this purpose consists of one member or members from two thirds of the states, and a majority of all states is required for an election.

And if the House of Representatives does not elect a president before March 4, when the right to vote passes to him, then the vice president acts as president, as in the case of death or some other constitutional obstruction of the president – the person with the largest number of votes is the vice president the vice-president, if that number is the majority of the total number of elected voters and if no person has a majority, then from the If two highest numbers on the list, the senate elects the vice-president. A quorum for this purpose is two-thirds of the total number of senators, and a majority of the total is required for an election.

But no person who is not constitutionally entitled to the office of President is entitled to the office of Vice President of the United States.

Ultimately, Biden is expected to be certified as the election winner on Wednesday, which Pence, in his role as President of the Senate, will announce upon completion of certification.

The 12th amendment to the Constitution – along with the Electoral Count Act of 1887 – makes it clear that Pence's job is to make parliamentary decisions. It has no power over how Congress counts votes.

When there is a dispute between the House of Representatives and the Senate over whether or not a state's electoral census should be certified, the Electoral Census Act of 1887 gives the governor of the state, rather than the vice president, ultimate power, which means that the state's outcome persists and pence has no legal way to knock it over.

Pence would not be the first vice president to preside over his party's loss of the White House: Richard Nixon, Dan Quayle, Al Gore and Joe Biden presided over all the censuses that defeated them or their party. Biden even went to great lengths to object to Trump's victory when he presided over the election census in January 2017.

But Pence is likely the first Vice President to be blamed for this by his boss.

Biden won the electoral college by 306 votes against Trump's 232. Ultimately, Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20.

However, Trump has refused to allow the competition. He continues to claim massive election fraud, but has provided no evidence to back it up. His former attorney general, Bill Barr, said he saw no evidence of widespread election fraud.

A report on roll call raised questions about what exactly Pence will do on Wednesday. The Capitol Hill newspaper quoted Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, the Senate Pro-Temp, saying he would chair in place of Pence because "we don't expect him to be there."

But Pence's office quickly said the Vice President would be present, and Grassley's office quickly made it clear that the Senator was referring to having to take over when Pence needed a break.

The question arose, however, of whether Pence would take these breaks when it got politically hot.

Pence's job is to open the sealed states' certificates in alphabetical order and deliver them to one of four "cashiers" – a Republican and a Democrat from each Chamber of Congress – who announce how each state has voted.

As each state's result is read, Pence will ask if any member of Congress would like to appeal. If an objection is raised by both a member of the House of Representatives and a member of the Senate, the matter will be discussed for two hours in each chamber and a vote will be taken on whether or not to maintain the objection.

As part of his parliamentary duties, Pence decides whether the objection is valid to justify the two-hour debate and vote in each chamber.

After the breakout session, lawmakers will return to the joint session to continue the state results appeal. If there is another objection, the process starts over.

Given the Democratic control of the House and the fact that many Republican Senators do not support the objection, it is not expected to be upheld.

Trump and his allies hoped enough objections would be raised to get Biden below the 270 mark on electoral college – the amount it would take to win the presidency.

That would throw the choice into the house. After the 12th amendment to the constitution, each delegation to the State Congress receives one vote. With Democrats in control of the House, Republicans control the majority of the state delegations, and so 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 leaves the White House for a rally in Georgia on Monday

Vice President Mike Pence (left) and his Chief of Staff Marc Short stand in the Oval Office before President Donald Trump leaves the White House for a rally in Georgia on Monday

When Pence was fighting for the Georgian Senate candidates in that state on Monday, he responded to the “Stop the Steal” calls with the following words: “We all have our doubts about the last election. And I want to assure you that I share the concern of millions of Americans about voting irregularities. And I promise you, come this Wednesday, we have our day in Congress. & # 39;

He didn't promise any result.

Other pressure points come towards pence.

White House trade advisor Peter Navarro falsely claimed on Fox News over the weekend that Pence could call for a 10-day emergency review of election results in Trump-contested states. Pence doesn't have that power.

Pence and his chief of staff Marc Short were in the Oval Office with President Trump and other advisers on Monday evening before the president left for Georgia to run for the two Republican senators in Tuesday's special election.

But most of Trump's remarks at that rally concerned 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 information about how Congress confirms the vote in the electoral college

At 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, senators and officials will gather in the Chamber of the House for a joint congressional session to count and certify the electoral college's ballots.

Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump with 306 votes against Trump's 232.

However, the constitution calls on Congress to confirm the results in a largely procedural process. It is very difficult to reverse an election, and it has never happened in American history.

However, Republicans have vowed to object to the results of the electoral college, delay the certification process, and put on a great theatrical performance that the president will likely enjoy.

This is how the day will go:

The process is led by the President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence will open the sealed state certificates in alphabetical order and hand them over to one of four "cashiers" – a Republican and a Democrat from each Chamber of Congress – who will announce how each state has voted.

As each state's result is read, Pence will ask if any member of Congress would like to appeal.

At least one member of the House and one member of the Senate must object to the objection. The law also provides that the objection must be made in writing.

If the objection is accepted, lawmakers go to their respective chambers to discuss the matter for up to two hours.

Then the House and the Senate each vote on whether the Objection – which would reject the state's votes – or deny the objection.

In order for the results of a state to be rejected, the majorities of both chambers have to vote in order to maintain the objection. If one chamber votes to maintain the objection and the other does not, the objection is rejected and the results of the state electoral college are determined.

The democratically controlled house is unlikely to support maintaining an objection, which means the states' results will stand and Biden will ultimately be declared the winner.

Additionally, the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to vote in favor of an objection either. The GOP has a narrow margin in the upper chamber and a number of Republican senators have voiced their objections to the appeal process.

After the objection has been voted on by each chamber, the joint session convenes again and continues the counting. If there is another objection to another state's vote, the process is repeated.

President Trump's allies want to challenge three states: Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania, which could last into the wee hours of Thursday.

"At the end of the day, which could be the middle of the night, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will officially be proclaimed the next President and Vice President of the United States," spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi wrote to members of the Democratic House on Monday.

After the votes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are recorded, the vice president will explain who received the required majority of the electoral college's votes. This announcement concludes the election.

WHAT IF THE OBJECTS ARE SUSTAINABLE?

If, by some distant coincidence, an objection is sustained, Trump and his allies hope that it will result in voters being excluded, which will ultimately bring Biden's poll number below the 270 required for victory.

If all three state challenges succeed, Biden would have 259 votes and would cast the election in the House of Representatives to elect the next president.

After the 12th amendment to the constitution, each delegation to the State Congress receives one vote.

With Democrats in control of the House, Republicans control the majority of the state delegations, and so Trump hopes to be "elected".

Sources: NBC News, Washington Post, New York Times

"Don't argue with fools!" Top Democrat Cedric Richmond warns party officials not to be drawn into the debate in Congress over Republicans' offer to overturn Wednesday's election results

President Trump's demand that Congress turn election results in states he lost has split his party – and Democratic leaders are now warning their own members to stay away from arguments when the vote is confirmed.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana Democrat who is joining the new Biden administration as the White House engagement director, has told colleagues that there is no benefit in getting into a point-by-point dispute over Trump's election fraud claims devices.

"You don't argue with fools because you can't tell who the fool is at some distance," Politico said in a conference call on Monday.

"You don't argue with fools," said Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is aware of the spectacle the electoral challenges could create – and wants her members to be "worthy" through the process – despite unfounded allegations of widespread fraud by Texas GOP MP Louis Goehmert and others are sure to provoke anger setback.

The House will hold a special joint session on Wednesday to count the votes of the electoral college.

The number of Republican senators ready to face the election challenges rose to 13 at Trump's rally in Georgia when Senator Kelly Loeffler announced she was behind the effort.

But the leaked recording of Trump's call to Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger may have undermined the Senate's GOP efforts by tying lawmakers' allegations of constitutional compliance with the president's request that Raffensperger should vote 11,780 for him " Find".

It was unclear whether the explosive appeal had caused Senate Republicans to recall 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, which Joe Biden won by 306 votes to 232

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants Democrats to remain dignified as Republicans challenge the election, which Joe Biden won by 306 votes to 232

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he will pose election challenges

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he will pose election challenges

President Donald Trump asked the Georgian Foreign Minister to find 11,780 votes for him

President Donald Trump asked the Georgian Foreign Minister to find 11,780 votes for him

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (R) was the first Senator to publicly say he would support the election challenges

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (R) was the first Senator to publicly say he would support the election challenges

Georgian election official Gabriel Sterling exposed many of the president's "fantastic" claims in a press conference on Monday.

Commenting on Trump's leaked call, GOP strategist Doug Heye told The Hill, "The tape now makes it harder for other people to join. They had a lawsuit they could bring up even if it wasn't the most credible, ”he continued. "The tape blows that out of the water."

Whatever the Democratic leaders warn, ordinary Democrats having the opportunity to speak when Republicans protest against state votes are likely to get heated.

& # 39; It's treason. The fact is, the election results were confirmed, ”said Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif. The party leaders are preparing for tense debates on Wednesday

Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) Is among those who have broken out among Republicans following Trump's efforts.

& # 39; It's treason. The fact is that the election results were confirmed, ”he said.

When a member of the House of Representatives and Senate objects to a state's certification, each chamber meets separately for two hours to discuss the challenge of having members speak and then vote.

More than 100 Republicans in the House are expected to support the election challenges.

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