The Associated Press reports:
Vice President Mike Pence is defying President Donald Trump, saying he does not have the unilateral ability to discard electoral votes that will make Joe Biden president on Jan. 20.
Pence, in a statement issued minutes before he was to begin presiding over a joint session of Congress to count electoral votes, said, “It is my considered judgement 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.”
Trump has pressured his vice president to toss electors from battleground states that voted for Biden during the session.
Pence letter: “Our Founders were deeply skeptical of concentrations of power and created a Republic based on separation of powers … Vesting the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide presidential contests would be entirely antithetical to that design.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 6, 2021