Mike Pence Declares He Was ‘Proud’ to Certify the Election for Joe Biden - WATCH
Pence then said he did not have any authority to reject or return electoral votes
Former Vice President Mike Pence said during a speech at the Reagan Library that he was proud to certify the election for Democrat Joe Biden.
Pence then said he did not have any authority to reject or return electoral votes.
“Now there are those in our party who believe that in my position as presiding officer over the joint session that I possess the authority to reject or return electoral votes certified by the states,” Pence said.
“The Constitution provides the vice president with no such authority before the joint session of Congress.”
President Donald Trump called on Pence to reject the votes in certain states that were still finding irregularities.
“And the truth is, there is almost no idea more un-American than the notion that anyone person could choose the American president,” Pence said.
“And I will always be proud that we did our part on that tragic day to reconvene the Congress and fulfilled our duty under the Constitution.”
Pence has not made any new fans from Trump supporters and was recently heckled while speaking at a conservative conference.
Pence also praised a Trump aide that unloaded on the then-president over his response to Charlottesville, according to a new book.
The author continued on to write:
“Cohn told Trump that his lack of clarity had been harmful to the country and that he’d put an incredible amount of pressure on people working in the White House."
"He told Trump that he might have to quit.
"No one backed Cohn up,” the book claims.
"Others in the room, including Pence, remained quiet.”
“Cohn returned to his office after the meeting broke up.
"Following a few minutes behind, Pence climbed the flight of stairs and appeared at the threshold of Cohn’s door.
“‘I’m proud of you,’ Pence told him, safely out of earshot of the president.”
In January, Pence congratulated Kamala Harris on her and Joe Biden’s presidential election victory in a phone call.