Vice President Mike Pence will preside over a joint session of Congress starting Wednesday at noon.
His role is to open the certificates of the electoral votes from each state and present them to the appointed “tellers” from the House and Senate in alphabetical order. After all electoral votes are counted, Pence will announce the presidential winner.
President Donald Trump has put pressure on Pence to overturn the election results in his favor. Tuesday night, Trump said that he and Pence “are in total agreement that the Vice President has the power to act.”
This statement came after The New York Times reported that Pence told Trump he had no power to block the certification of the election results on Wednesday.
Trump released a statement Tuesday night saying it was “fake news.”
“The New York Times report regarding comments Vice President Pence supposedly made to me today is fake news. He never said that. The Vice President and I are in total agreement that the Vice President has the power to act.”
“If Vice President Mike Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency,” Trump said Tuesday night on Twitter.
“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 one state tabulation.”
At an election eve rally in Georgia Monday night, Trump spoke to a crowd of supporters, “I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you.”
“I hope that our great vice president – our great vice president, comes through for us. He’s a great guy. Of course, if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him as much,” he continued.
According to the Associated Press, Pence does not have the power under congressional or constitutional rules to govern the count.
However, more than 100 House Republicans and a dozen Senate Republicans, including Sen. Josh Hawley, have said they will support Trump and challenge the electoral votes in battleground states.
Trump is expected to speak in D.C. at 11 a.m. EST at the “Save America March.”
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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”
“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”
The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.
The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.
Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”
Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law the most restive abortion ban in the United States. pic.twitter.com/nDjCQcG7UI
— Storme Jones (@StormeJones) May 25, 2022
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