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Trump insists, falsely, that Pence can decertify US election results

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06.01.2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — US President Donald Trump on Tuesday tightened the screws on his most loyal soldier, pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to use powers he does not have to overturn the will of voters in a desperate, futile bid to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election.

Pence finds himself in the most precarious position of his tenure as he prepares to preside over Wednesday’s congressional tally of Electoral College votes, bearing witness to the formalization of Trump’s — and his own — election defeat.

“Tellers” from the House and Senate will record each states’ electoral votes. At the end of the count, seated on the House of Representatives’ rostrum, Pence has the task of announcing who has won the majority of votes for both president and vice president.

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Despite the pro forma nature of Pence’s role, he is under intense pressure from the president and legions of supporters who want the vice president to use the moment to overturn the will of the voters in a handful of critical battleground states. Supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in support of Senate candidates Sen. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in Dalton, Georgia, Jan. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you,” Trump said at a rally Monday night in Georgia for candidates in two Senate runoff elections.

“Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much,” Trump added, drawing laughs. He said Pence was “going to have a lot to say about it. And you know one thing with him, you’re going to get straight shots. He’s going to call it straight.”

Trump continued to pile on, insisting in a statement late Tuesday, hours after a lunch with the vice president, that Pence had not informed him that he possessed no power to overturn the will of voters. US President Donald Trump arrives in the early morning hours, Jan. 5, 2021, at the White House in Washington, after returning from a rally in Dalton, Georgia. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“He can decertify the results or send them back to the states for change and certification,” Trump said. “He can also decertify the illegal and corrupt results and send them to the House of Representatives for the one vote for........

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