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Trump admits for the first time he wanted Pence to 'overturn the election' during the January 6 joint session and slams VP for not 'exercising his power'
When Vice President Mike Pence led the joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote tally on January 6, former President Donald Trump stated that he wanted Mike Pence to reverse the 2020 election.
Trump cited efforts on Capitol Hill to amend the Electoral Count Act, including tightening the wording to make it clear that the vice president's role is limited to counting votes and that the vice president cannot overrule the decision of the people.
Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away,' Trump claimed. 'Unfortunately, he didn't exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!'
Trump had argued, 'If the Vice President (Mike Pence) had "absolutely no right" to change the Presidential Election results in the Senate, despite fraud and many other irregularities, how come the Democrats and RINO Republicans, like Wacky Susan Collins, are desperately trying to pass legislation that will not allow the Vice President to change the results of the election?'
Collins, a Maine Republican, is part of a bipartisan group taking a look at making changes to the Electoral Count Act, which dictates how disputes over the vote count are handled.
Trump's statement comes after CNN reported that Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani and other Trump campaign officials oversaw efforts to assemble alternate slates of pro-Trump electors, hoping Pence would choose to count their votes on January 6 instead of the legitimate Electoral College members.
In the days leading up to the election, Pence issued a statement publicly stating that he did not feel he had the authority to pick and choose from elector slates.
When electors convened in state capitals throughout the nation on December 14, Trump aide Stephen Miller gave a sneak peek at the plan.
'As we speak, today, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states is going to vote and we're going to send those results up to Congress,' Miller said on Fox & Friends that morning.
'This will ensure that all of our legal remedies remain open,' Miller continued. 'That means if we win these cases in the courts, we can direct that these alternate electors be certified.'
On Friday, the January 6 select committee subpoenaed 14 people involved in the scheme to send fake certifications of the electoral vote to the National Archives.
People sought to proclaim Trump the winner in seven battleground states that were won by now-President Joe Biden, according to the committee.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee's chairman, stated, "The Select Committee is collecting evidence concerning attempts in numerous states to alter the results of the 2020 election, including the planning and coordination of operations to transmit fake slates of electors to the National Archives." 'We think the people we've subpoenaed today have knowledge of how these so-called alternative electors met and who was behind the plot,' says the prosecutor.
The availability of these supposed alternate-elector votes was cited as rationale to postpone or obstruct certification of the election during the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021, according to Thompson.
George Conway, the anti-Trump lawyer husband of former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, mocked Trump's legal expertise on Twitter.
'The Twelfth Amendment and the Electoral Count Act of 1887 already make it quite apparent that the Vice President does nothing more than open the envelopes,' Conway said.
'However, there are occasions when we want to make rules even clearer so that even semiliterate psychopaths can grasp them,' Conway said.