Mike Pence delivered one letter that Donald Trump is not going to like
Vice President Mike Pence was set to preside over a joint session of Congress that would certify the results of the Electoral College.
The Vice President’s role was in the spotlight.
But Mike Pence delivered one letter that Donald Trump is not going to like.
Just before Vice President Pence was set to preside over a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College results, Pence released a statement clarifying his role in the day’s events.
The Vice President explained that it was not his job to overturn the results of the election.
“I do not believe that the Founders of our country intended to invest the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide which electoral votes should be counted during the Joint Session of Congress, and no Vice President in American history has ever asserted such an authority,” the Vice President began.
Pence stated his oath under the Constitution prevented him from taking any action.
“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Pence added.
The Vice President reported that under the Constitution his duties were merely ceremonial.
“When the Joint Session of Congress convenes today, I will do my duty to see to it that we open the certificates of the Electors of the several states, we hear objections raised by Senators and Representatives, and we count the votes of the Electoral College for President and Vice President in a manner consistent with our Constitution, laws, and history,” the Vice President concluded. “So Help Me God.”
This letter was the kickoff of a chaotic day that ended with protestors shutting down the joint session and stormed the Capitol in an unprecedented event.