Report: Pence was NOT going to do 2020 certification, then changed mind

President Donald J. Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during a press conference Friday, June 5, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House photo by D. Myles Cullen)

President Donald J. Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during a press conference Friday, June 5, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Then-Vice President Mike Pence had decided that he would not attend the meeting of Congress when it was to certify the 2020 election of Joe Biden to the White House.

Then he changed his mind. And showed up just as protesters at the event turned into rioters, creating what Democrats now claimed was a legitimate insurrection in which participants had a plan to take over the government, control of the military and more, as an insurrection would involve.

The detail was revealed in a report from legacy media outlet ABC, which based its reporting on its unidentified sources.

The sources told the broadcast team, “One of Pence’s notes obtained by [special counsel Jack] Smith’s team shows that, days before Pence was set to preside over Congress certifying the election results on Jan. 6, 2021, he momentarily decided that he would skip the proceedings altogether, writing in the note that there were ‘too many questions’ and it would otherwise be ‘too hurtful to my friend.'”

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But, the report said, he changed his mind and decided he had a duty to show up.

The questions about the legitimacy of the election were widespread and supported by witnesses, testimony and more.

In fact, Mark Zuckerberg decided to influence the election the way he wanted by handing out $400-plus million through various foundations to recipients who largely used the money to recruit leftist voters in support of Joe Biden.

Is Mike Pence now and forever in the dustbin of American politics?

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Further, there was the election interference by the FBI, which warned media outlets to suppress the reporting about the Biden family scandals contained in the laptop that was abandoned by Hunter Biden, even though agents at the time knew the facts were accurate.

A subsequent survey showed that move likely changed the outcome of the 2020 election from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.

Those “sources” told the network Pence’s discussion with Smith about the events at that time got so detailed that he discussed a problem with his book.

Former Vice President Mike Pence at the Republican presidential primary debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Video screenshot)

Former Vice President Mike Pence at the Republican presidential primary debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Video screenshot)

“Recounting a phone call with Trump on Christmas Day 2020, Pence wrote in his book that he told Trump, ‘You know, I don’t think I have the authority to change the outcome’ of the election on Jan. 6,” the report said.

He claims “he actually meant to write in his book that he admonished Trump, ‘You know I don’t think I have the authority to change the outcome.'”

He also claimed Trump “surrounded himself with ‘crank’ attorneys, espoused ‘un-American’ legal theories, and almost pushed the country toward a ‘constitutional crisis,’ according to sources familiar with what Pence told investigators,” the report said.

He also claimed he told Trump he “still hadn’t seen evidence of significant election fraud, but Trump was unmoved, continuing to claim the election was ‘stolen’ …”

ABC said, “What he allegedly told investigators, described exclusively to ABC News, sheds further light on the evidence Smith’s team has amassed as it prosecutes Trump for allegedly trying to unlawfully ‘remain in power’ and ‘erode public faith’ in democratic institutions.”

The report said Pence’s comments to Smith’s investigators many times mirrored what he’s already made public.

Pence was the target of ire from many Trump followers because of his actions in Congress. There were lawyers who argued because of the many uncertainties about the election results, the changed laws, the changed absentee ballots, doubts about the counts, it would have been a legitimate decision for Congress to return to several states their counts, with instructions to verify and come back with confirmed numbers.

Those procedures have not been made clear in election processes, but what is clear that had the totals not been clear by a deadline, the next president would have been elected by a vote in the House of Representatives.

In late December then, Pence wrote a note: “No feeling like I should attend electoral count. Too many questions, too many doubts, too hurtful to my friend. Therefore I’m not going to participate in certification of election.”

Smith’s indictment claims Trump knew the election was lost and still fought; Trump charges that there was enough evidence of mishandling of votes to leave the outcome undetermined.

Trump has challenged some of Pence’s characterizations, stating, “I never said for him to put me before the Constitution. Mike failed badly on calling out Voter Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election.”

The Supreme Court, in fact, said it would not consider a multistate lawsuit over the election results, but only on procedural grounds that the states did not have standing to bring it.

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