Analysis: Pence’s Powers on Jan. 6

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By NTD Newsroom
December 31, 20202020 Election
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Representative Louie Gohmert filed a lawsuit against the vice president that would give Pence more authority on Jan. 6. On Jan. 6, the House and Senate will meet to officially count the electoral college votes for President and Vice-President. Acting as president of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence will preside over the process. The election is hotly contested, and 7 battleground states have submitted separate electors who voted for President Donald Trump. These states now have two slates of electors for both Biden and Trump, and this situation must be resolved.

NTD spoke to constitutional expert, attorney, and former Texas representative Rick Green. We asked how, in this situation, Congress and Pence are to determine which slate of electors is official.

He says this system is imperfect because the vice president, whose name is on the ballot, is the one making this decision. But Green noted that this situation happened in 1800 with Jefferson, 1960 with Nixon, and in 2000 with Gore. Green said to unify our country, our elections need transparency, verifications, and legal remedies.

 

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