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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has sued Vice President Mike Pence and other Republicans in a last-ditch effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden‘s election win.

On January 6, Pence will meet with Congress to count the electoral votes and finalize Biden’s victory in a largely ceremonial act governed by a law known as the Electoral Count Act. Gohmert’s suit, which was filed against Pence in his official capacity as vice president, requested a federal judge in the state to strike down the law as unconstitutional.

The GOP plaintiffs in the suit go further, asking the court to grant Pence the authority to overturn Biden’s win. Like the 59 election lawsuits President Donald Trump’s campaign brought to the courts, this case will not be hard to dismiss or reject.

“The idea that the Vice President has sole authority to determine whether or not to count electoral votes submitted by a state, or which of competing submissions to count, is inconsistent with a proper understanding of the Constitution,” Edward Foley, a law professor at Ohio State University, told The Hill.

Plaintiffs named in the suit include Kelli Ward, the chair of the Arizona Republican Party and a former state senator. Ward has pushed false and debunked claims of election fraud since Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election.

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According to Republicans, Biden’s wins in Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania were due to election fraud by Democrats despite Biden winning by significant margins. Even Trump’s former Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs said the 2020 election was the safest in U.S. history. A week later Krebs doubled down on his stance while on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

The situation and the lawsuit put Pence in a tough situation. Pence, who has supported many of Trump’s moves since Biden was declared the winner, could lose his credibility with serious lawmakers if he tries to delay or stop the election count on Jan. 6. However, Pence may anger Republicans by certifying the results, effectively ensuring Trump will be out of office on Jan 20. CNBC reported earlier this month that Pence has plans to leave the country for vacation after he is to declare Biden as the next president.

(Black enterprise)

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Pence Urges Biden to ‘Stand Up to Chinese Aggression’ in Indo-Pacific

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Vice President Mike Pence urged President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) aggression in the Indo-Pacific region.

“As a new American administration prepares to take office, we do well to remember as Americans that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance,” Pence said at the Naval Air Station Lemoore in Jan. 17. “And a free and open Indo-Pacific is essential to our prosperity, our security and the vitality of freedom in the world.”

The vice president said that the CCP “is determined to expand Beijing’s influence across the region through military provocations and dead diplomacy.”

“I urge the incoming administration to stay the course. Do what we’ve done. Stand up to Chinese aggression and trade abuses. Stand strong for a free and open Indo-Pacific and put America and our freedom-loving allies first,” Pence said.

Pence made the remarks during the last week of his service as the vice president and just days after the U.S. Department of State declassified a document outlining the administration’s overarching strategy in the Indo-Pacific. The strategy, in place since 2017, emphasized working with regional allies to counter the CCP’s ambitions in the region and highlighted Taiwan’s role in combating the Chinese regime’s military aggression.

“Beijing is increasingly pressuring Indo-Pacific nations to subordinate their freedom and sovereignty to a ‘common destiny’ envisioned by the Chinese Communist Party,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien said in a memo dated Jan. 5 that accompanied the declassified document. “The U.S. approach is different. We seek to ensure that our allies and partners … can preserve and protect their sovereignty.”

The document, titled U.S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific, describes how the Chinese regime poses a threat to the United States and like-minded partners in the Indo-Pacific.

“China aims to dissolve U.S. alliances and partnerships in the region. China will exploit vacuums and opportunities created by these diminished bonds,” the strategy document states. “Chinese economic, diplomatic, and military influence will continue to increase in the near-term and challenge the U.S. ability to achieve its national interests in the Indo-Pacific region.”

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In terms of confronting the Chinese military, the U.S. strategy committed to “devise and implement a defense strategy capable of” three objectives: deny China sustained air and sea dominance inside the “first island chain” in a conflict; defend the first island chain nations, including Taiwan; and dominate all domains outside the first island chain.

The first island chain is an arbitrary demarcation from the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, Taiwan, the Philippines, to Indonesia. For decades, China’s military strategists have seen the first island chain as a barrier to the regime projecting its air and naval power to the second island chain and beyond. The second chain stretches from Japan to Guam and Papua New Guinea.

The U.S. strategy would “enable Taiwan to develop an effective asymmetric defense strategy and capabilities that will help ensure its security, freedom from coercion, resilience, and ability to engage China on its own terms,” the document adds.

Experts noted that the document’s language on Taiwan is a deviation from the U.S. government’s longstanding policy of “strategic ambiguity”—meaning not clearly stating whether the U.S. government would defend Taiwan in the event of an attack by China.

Beijing claims sovereignty over Taiwan despite its de facto nation-state status, with its own democratically elected government, military, and currency. The Chinese regime has repeatedly threatened to use military force to bring the island under its control.

(NTD)

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Mike Pence Calls Kamala Harris, congratulates her

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Vice President Mike Pence has called his soon-to-be successor Kamala Harris to offer his congratulations, according to two people familiar with the conversation.

It’s the first known contact between the elected members of the outgoing and incoming administrations. President Donald Trump has not reached out to President-elect Joe Biden and has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of Biden’s win.

But Pence has become an unexpected defender of Biden. The vice president resisted pressure from Trump to object to the Democrat’s election win while presiding over Congress’ certification of the Electoral College vote count last week.

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Pence also will attend Biden’s January 20 inauguration, which Trump is refusing to attend.

One of the people familiar with the Thursday afternoon conversation described it as a “good call,” with Pence congratulating his successor and offering assistance. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private conversation.

The call came less than a week before Biden and Harris take office, and just more than a week after the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters.

(AP)

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US VP Mike Pence refuses to invoke 25th Amendment to oust Donald Trump

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US Vice-President Mike Pence ruled out invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from power, less than a week after the president fomented the violent insurrection at the Capitol.

In a letter late Tuesday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, VP Mike Pence said the mechanism should not be used “as a means of punishment or usurpation” and reserved for cases of medical or mental incapacitation. Pelosi had called on Pence to secure the majority of the Cabinet and vote to declare Trump ‘unfit to serve’.

As the House appears on the cusp of a bipartisan impeachment of Trump, Pence encouraged Congress to avoid actions to “further divide and inflame the passions of the moment” and to focus on smoothing the transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

Pelosi has said if Pence rejects the use of the 25th Amendment, the House will move to impeach him. Already, at least three Republicans have said they would vote for that.

Already scheduled to leave office next week, Trump is on the verge of becoming the only president in history to be twice impeached. His incendiary rhetoric at a rally ahead of the Capitol uprising is now in the impeachment charge against him, even as the falsehoods he spread about election fraud are still being championed by some Republicans.

As lawmakers reconvened at the Capitol for the first time since the bloody siege, they were also bracing for more violence ahead of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Jan. 20.

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Trump, meanwhile, warned the lawmakers off impeachment and suggested it was the drive to oust him that was dividing the country.

“To continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger,” Trump said.

In his first remarks to reporters since last week’s violence, the outgoing president offered no condolences for those dead or injured, only saying, “I want no violence.”

The US President also said is not concerned about the 25th amendment allowing his cabinet to remove him from office, even as the Democrat-led US House of Representatives plunged ahead on a resolution pressing Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the constitutional provision.

“The 25th amendment is of zero risk to me,” said Trump, as he spoke in front of a section of the Mexico border wall in Texas, a symbol of the stringent immigration policy he has pursued during his tumultuous four years in office.

Trump said using the 25th amendment in this new way “will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration. As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for.”
(AP)

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