The revelation that a plan was in place to persuade former Vice President Mike Pence to recuse himself from overseeing the ceremonial confirmation of the Electoral College votes in Congress has sparked a wave of intense investigation and analysis.
The newly surfaced details indicate that this strategy was closer to being realized than initially known, suggesting a significant break from established protocol.
The implications of such an action are profound, with the potential to drastically alter the trajectory of the presidential election results' confirmation and raising grave constitutional issues.
An Unexpected Turn of Events
Mike Pence, who served as Vice President under the Trump administration, initially showed reluctance to preside over the count of electoral votes on January 6, 2021, due to pressure from then-President Trump to overturn the election results.
Pence's notes, as reported by ABC News sources, reveal that he had briefly decided not to oversee the counting of the electoral votes, citing 'too many questions' and potential harm to his 'friend', likely referencing Trump.
Pence reportedly told investigators led by special counsel Jack Smith that the comma should have never been placed in his memoir's statement, suggesting that Trump knew Pence could not overturn the results when overseeing the election. This revelation further complicates the narrative surrounding the events of January 6, 2021, and Pence's role in them.
Pence's Change of Heart
Despite his initial hesitance, Pence ultimately attended and led the joint certification vote before and after pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from following through with the certification process.
He cited a conversation with his son, an active-duty Marine, who reminded him of their oath to protect and uphold the U.S. Constitution, as a key factor in his decision to fulfill his constitutional duty.
The ongoing investigation and analysis of these revelations continue to unearth previously unknown aspects of this pivotal moment in American history, shedding new light on the pressures faced by Pence and the potential consequences if he had chosen to step aside.
The precise nature of the plan, the individuals involved, and the reasons behind Pence's ultimate decision to fulfill his role despite the pressure remain subjects of intense scrutiny and discussion.