Vice President Pence is expected to preside over Congress’s counting of the Electoral College vote on Wednesday.
The suggestion sent shock waves through Washington, which is gearing up for a high-profile effort by dozens of congressional Republicans to challenge the election results, stirring up brief chaos as reporters grappled with whether Pence had pulled out of the joint session….
Sen. Grassley confuses DC over whether he will handle electoral certification
Sen. Chuck Grassley on Tuesday set off a media firestorm when he implied that he and not Vice President Mike Pence would handle certification of the Electoral College results, before he quickly walked back the remark.
“We don’t expect him to be there,” Grassley said Tuesday, according to Roll Call.
Minutes later, Grassley’s office told the Capitol Hill-focused publication that there’s “every indication” Pence will be present Wednesday in his role as president of the Senate….
As president of the Senate, Mr. Pence is expected to preside over the pro forma certification of the Electoral College vote count in front of a joint session of Congress. It is a constitutionally prescribed, televised moment in which Mr. Pence will name the winner of the 2020 presidential election, Joseph R. Biden Jr.
It is also a moment some of Mr. Pence’s advisers have been bracing themselves for ever since the president lost the election and stepped up his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. There is no chance of Mr. Pence not being there, people close to him said. Mr. Pence’s aides have told people that they view the vice president’s role as largely ceremonial.
“I know we all have got our doubts about the last election,” Mr. Pence said Monday in Georgia, attempting to assuage Trump supporters. “I want to assure you that I share the concerns of millions of Americans about voting irregularities. I promise you, come this Wednesday, we will have our day in Congress.”
It was not clear, perhaps by design, what he meant. Mr. Pence does not have unilateral power to affect the outcome of Wednesday’s proceedings. But he has carefully tried to look like he is loyally following the president’s lead even as he goes through a process that is expected to end with him reading out a declaration that Mr. Biden is the winner.
After nearly a dozen Republican senators said they plan to object to the certification of the vote on Wednesday, the vice president’s chief of staff, Marc Short, issued a carefully worded statement intended not to anger anyone….
This just came up on twitter….
Senator Grassley the Senate president pro tempore will do the job….
Vice President Pence is chickening out due to the Trump factor….