Former Vice President Mike Pence rebuked Trump’s claims he had the ability to halt Congress’ certification of Joe Biden on January 6th. During a speech at the Reagan Library on Pence reiterated that he did not have the Constitutional power to reject electoral votes for Joe Biden.
Pence says it would have been unlawful for him to hand Trump a second term. Pence says he's proud of his actions on Jan 6.
"The truth is there's almost no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president." pic.twitter.com/milMk3hSfY
— Jan Wolfe (@JanNWolfe) June 25, 2021
The Hill reports:
“Now there are those in our party who believe that in my position as presiding officer over the joint session that I possess the authority to reject or return electoral votes certified by the states,” Pence said. “The Constitution provides the vice president with no such authority before the joint session of Congress.”
Some Republicans, including former President Trump, called for Pence to reject electoral votes on Jan. 6.
“And the truth is, there is almost no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president,” Pence said. “And I will always be proud that we did our part on that tragic day to reconvene the Congress and fulfilled our duty under the Constitution.”
Pence has been rejected by some in his party due to his stance on the issue, and was recently heckled during a speech at a conservative conference.
Pence has previously said he’s unsure if he and Trump will ever see eye-to-eye on the events of January 6th.