Mike Pence rejects Trump’s call to overturn Biden election

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday said he would refuse President Donald Trump’s demand that he try to block the confirmation of Joe Biden’s election as the next president of the United States by Congress.Pence’s statement dramatically breaking with Trump came minutes before the vice president was due to preside over a joint session of Congress, which is meeting to declare Biden the victor.The statement confirms the view of election experts: that the vice president has no power under the Constitution to refuse to accept the certification of presidential election results from individual states.As Pence released his statement, Trump was speaking at a rally outside of the White House, where he reiterated his call that the vice president undo Biden’s election.”Mike Pence, I hope you’re gonna stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country, and if you’re not I’m gonna be very disappointed in you, I will tell you right now,” Trump said at the rally.”I’m not hearing good stories.”Vice President Mike Pence finishes a swearing-in ceremony for Senators in the Old Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S. January 3, 2021.J. Scott Applewhite | ReutersThis is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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