Pence Stands Firm on Electoral Vote Certification
Former Vice President Mike Pence rebuffed the idea put forth by former President Donald Trump’s attorney, John Eastman, that he could have “paused” the certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6, 2021, referring to the lawyer as a “crackpot.”
Pence Affirms His Constitutional Duty
Pence affirms that he followed the Constitution and American history in not yielding to pressure to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election results, emphasizing that he never considered taking unilateral action to overturn the election.
Eastman’s Controversial Suggestion
According to an email included in Trump’s indictment, Eastman urged Pence to adjourn Congress to allow state legislatures to investigate alleged “illegal activity” related to voting. However, Pence asserts that he rejected such requests.
Pence’s Reaction to the Indictment
Pence expresses his hopes that the situation would not have escalated to an indictment, but he maintained that Trump and his advisors sought actions that would have effectively overturned the election results. He stands by his decision to uphold his duty on that day.