June 23, 2021

Electoral College vote count: Live updates from Congress

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Even as Vice President Mike Pence formalized his position that he cannot overturn the results of the election, President Trump continued to pressure him to break the law and decertify electoral college votes.

“Mike Pence, I hope you’re going to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country. And if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed in you,” Trump said on the Ellipse, moments before Pence released his letter declaring he had no “unilateral” authority to reverse the results.

Trump acknowledged Pence was not likely to follow his demands.

“I’m not hearing good stories,” Trump said.

Pence wrote to members of Congress saying:

“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Trump continued holding out hope.

“So I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do and I hope he doesn’t listen to the RINOs and the stupid people that he’s listening to,” Trump said.