Former President Donald Trump has urged congressional Jan. 6 investigators to open up a probe in opposition to his former vice chairman, Mike Pence, over his refusal to assist Trump overturn the 2020 election end result.
Pence and Trump haven’t been on talking phrases since final yr, when the then-VP went in opposition to Trump’s orders and fulfilled his responsibility to certify Joe Biden’s election victory in Congress. But their relationship plumbed new depths Tuesday, when Trump launched a press release saying that Pence ought to be below investigation for not reversing the 2020 election end result.
In a livid assertion posted by Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington on Tuesday, the previous president as soon as in opposition to attacked the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, and mentioned the panel ought to be specializing in Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, somewhat than himself.
The ex-president wrote: “The Unselect Committee should be investigating why Nancy Pelosi did such a poor job of overseeing security and why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval, in that it has now been shown that he clearly had the right to do so!”
Trump’s obsession with Pence’s half within the presidential transition final yr has been renewed in current days as he’s seized on plans to reform the Electoral Count Act of 1887— the federal legislation that Trump tried to abuse to have Pence refuse to certify of Biden’s victory final January.
Trump’s flawed argument is that, as a bipartisan group of senators now wants to overhaul the law to assist make clear that it will probably’t be used within the antidemocratic approach Trump meant, it proves he was proper to say Pence ought to have stepped in final yr to dam Biden’s certification.
In his Tuesday assertion, Trump went on to say that “there would have been no ‘January 6’ as we know it” if Pence had merely refused to certify the Biden victory, and if Pelosi had heeded his warning to extend safety on the day of the Capitol riot to take care of his mob of supporters.
Last week, Pence made clear that he and Trump are now not 0n good phrases by telling Fox News that he hadn’t spoken to Trump since final summer season. Trump’s newest intervention gained’t enhance issues.