Former President Donald Trump claims a Senate effort to clarify how Congress counts electoral votes after a presidential election is evidence that his baseless theories about how former Vice President Mike Pence could have swung the 2020 election are not were as baseless as almost all of them. said eminent jurists.
Trump took part in the Truth Social platform on Wednesday to weigh in on the proposed legislation, which is supported by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and a bipartisan group of 14 other senators.
“Senators are meeting right now to reform the election count law so that a Vice President can no longer do what EVERYONE, except some conservative jurists, has said cannot be done. So they all lied,” he wrote, adding that Mr. Pence “could have sent fraudulent votes back to state legislatures” in his view.
The Collins-Manchin proposal would clarify that the vice president’s duties during the four-year electoral vote count are purely ministerial, matching the view of lawyers who said Pence did not have the power to unilaterally reject electoral votes from contested states as Mr. .Trump.
The latest game favored by the disgraced former president and his allies would have replaced legal electoral votes for Joe Biden submitted by Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin with fake electors for Trump.
Trump’s advisers seized on the plan, which was promoted by former Chapman University law professor John Eastman, after his legal team lost more than 60 separate lawsuits trying to overturn Biden’s victory in several states.
According to New York Times, Trump’s advisers knew the plan they were advocating for was not legal, but they promoted the plan as a way to keep Trump in the White House for a second term against the wishes of US voters.
Although a handful of pro-Trump lawyers had argued that Pence had the authority to throw out electoral votes in states won by Biden in favor of fraudulent pro-Trump flyers sent to the National Archives, most reputable legal scholars have disagreed. . Pence ultimately rejected the plan, drawing scorn from Trump and a riotous mob of his supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 in hopes of disrupting the certification of electoral votes.