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The US Vice President Mike Pence has distanced himself from his boss, Donald Trump who has repeatedly called him to block confirmation by Congress of Joe Biden’s election as the 46 presidents of the United States.
After losing several legal battles to flip the election to his sides, Mr Trump relied on his VP to use his power to overturn the election.
Pence said in his three-page letter addressed to members of Congress on Wednesday that he disagreed with Trump that a Vice-president has the power to reject some Electoral College votes for a candidate.
He said, “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.”
Mr Pence dashed Trump’s hope just minutes before he began presiding over a joint session of Congress, which is the meeting to declare the President-elect, Joe Biden the victor.
While Pence shared “the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of this election,” he argued that “vesting the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide presidential contest would be entirely antithetical to” system of check and balances as enshrined in the Constitution.
Trump had claimed that the election was stolen from him without proof “by the radical left and the media” and had vowed to reclaim his mandate.
“The Presidency belongs to the American people, and to them alone,” Pence wrote.
“When disputes concerning a presidential election arise, under Federal law, it is the people’s representatives who review the evidence and resolve disputes through a democratic process.”
Trump was at a rally outside the White House when Mr Pence threw in the towel.
Mr Trump had reiterated his call to his supporters that the election was fraudulent as he called on his Vice to “stand up for the good of our constitution and for the good of our country, and if you are not, I’m gonna be very disappointed in you, I will tell you right now,”
“I’m not hearing good stories.”
The White House has not commented on Mr Pence’s comment.
CNBC reports that several Republicans objected to Arizona’s Electoral College result in Biden’s favour which triggered a debate during the joint session of Congress meeting where Mr Pence was supposed to exercise his unconstitutional power to overturn the election.
GOP lawmakers are ready for a showdown to object the election results in several other states, however, the grumbles are expected to delay but not to block Biden’s confirmation.