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Angry uS. President Donald Trump, US. Vice President Mike Pence admitted Wednesday that he does not have the power to cast the votes that will make Democrat Joe Biden the next president, and dashed Trump’s unsubstantiated hopes that Pence might somehow find a way to keep her in office / p>

Under heavy pressure from Trump and his allies to scrap the election results, Pence made a lengthy statement setting out his conclusion that a vice president cannot claim “unilateral authority” to reject states’ electoral votes

“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,” Pence wrote in a letter to members of Congress before embarking on the joint session of Congress

At a notable moment that underscores the dramatic split between Trump and his once most loyal lieutenant, Pence released the statement shortly after arriving at the Capitol to count the votes and even as the president announced thousands of supporters near the White House that pence could upset these results

“If Mike Pence does the right thing, we’ll win the election,” Trump told supporters who later marched through Washington and stormed the Capitol

“Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution, and gave states the opportunity to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones had to certify beforehand “he wrote” USA demand the truth! “

After Trump and his allies lost court cases after trial and with no further options available, they had spent days convincing Pence – and his legion of supporters – that the Vice President had the power to reject voters from battlefield states who supported Biden voted

He does not The Constitution makes it clear that the role of the Vice President in the joint session is largely ceremonial, much like that of a Master of Ceremonies

While Pence’s allies had made it clear that he wanted to defy Trump, the Vice President’s public statement was nonetheless a significant departure for Pence, who has spent the past four years defending the president and carefully avoiding his anger >

Enraging Trump Risks Jeopardizing Pence’s carefully planned political future, Pence plans to run for the White House in 2024 and has relied on his years of loyalty to Trump to stand out in what is expected to be a crowded field, Trump is also expected to de facto outside his office Remains leader of the Republican Party and a political kingmaker for years to come

Trump spent much of Wednesday angry at Pence’s action, even as violent rioters flooded the U.S Forcing lawmakers to go into hiding and stalling even as the violence unfolded, Capitol was largely devoted to Trump, according to a White House official who spoke only on condition of anonymity to discuss internal affairs Pence

Pence was being ushered out of the Senate Chamber to a safe location as protesters broke through the building and it was the Vice President, not Trump, who spoke to the incumbent Secretary of Defense to discuss the D’s mobilization National Guard on Wednesday afternoon

Pence made it clear in his three-page letter that he would follow the Constitution, not the Commander-in-Chief, regardless of the political implications.He conceded that a Vice President does not have unilateral power under the Constitution and the rules of Congress that govern the electoral college’s balance sheet The Rules Make it clear that it is up to the Members of the House and Senate to object and judge their merits

And so, as Trump’s rally continued in the bitter cold, Pence opened the procedure and began opening the records of the votes from each state and presenting them to the appointed “narrators” of the House and Senate in alphabetical order. The process soon got on Ice laid as protesters broke into the Capitol, overwhelmed the police, and forced the evacuation of the Vice President and members of Congress

“The violence and destruction in the US Capitol has to stop and it has to stop now,” Pence later tweeted. “Everyone involved must respect law enforcement officers and leave the building immediately”

When the count finally ends, it is Pence’s job to announce the winners of the competitions and formalize his own defeat

Despite claims by Trump and his allies, there was no widespread fraud in the election, confirmed by a number of election officials and by William Barr, who stepped down as Attorney General last month, neither Trump nor any of the lawmakers promising to object to the Taking census has presented credible evidence that would alter the outcome

This Nov 24, 2020, File Photo US. President Donald Trump speaks at the press conference while Vice President Mike Pence listens in Washington (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, file)

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