Pence expected to push back against Trump's claim that he could have overturned the election

Pence expected to push back against Trump's claim that he could have overturned the election
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Former Vice President Mike Pence is expected to push back against former President Donald Trump's recent claim suggesting that he “could have overturned the election” so Republicans could remain in control of the White House.

According to HuffPost, Pence will be appearing at the Federalist Society’s conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Although the press has been barred from entering the event, advisers close to the former vice president have indicated that he will likely address Trump's latest attempts to attack him.

Over the last several days, Trump has held multiple campaign-style rallies where he has continued to push false claims about the presidential election being stolen from him. Per HuffPost, Trump's latest remarks were made on Sunday, January 30.

At the time, Trump falsely claimed: "that a bipartisan consensus in Congress to reform the 1887 Electoral Count Act to clarify the role of the vice president during the vote certification ceremony, held every four years, proves that Pence did have the authority to reinstall Trump as president if he’d wanted to do so."

“Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the election!” Trump wrote in his statement about the claim.

Two days after the statement was released, Trump fired back with another attack leveled at Pence as he claimed the House Select Committee should be investigating the former vice president for failing to do what he'd asked him to do.

The latest comes after Pence's previous attempts to address the issue. Pence initially addressed Trump's flurry of false claims during a speech he delivered to New Hampshire Republicans last year. At the time, Pence admitted that he and Trump may never see “eye to eye” regarding the series of events that transpired on Jan. 6. He also made it clear that he did what he was obligated to do that day.

“Thanks to swift action by Capitol Police and federal law enforcement, the violence was quelled, the Capitol was secured, and that same day we reconvened the Congress and did our duty under the Constitution and the laws of the United States,” he said.

Three weeks after that statement, Pence pushed back again during an appearance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Southern Calif.

“Now, there are those in our party who believe that in my position as presiding officer over the joint session, that I possessed the authority to reject or return electoral votes certified by states,” he said. “But the Constitution provides the vice president with no such authority before the joint session of Congress. And the truth is, there’s almost no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president.”

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