A statement released Saturday from Vice President Mike Pence’s office said he “welcomes” the challenge of electors by House and Senate Republicans on January 6, 2021.
Pence will be presiding over Wednesday’s joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote.
“Vice President Pence shares the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities in the last election,” VP Chief of Staff Marc Short stated.
“…The Vice President welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people on January 6th.”
Questions about Pence’s stance were raised after Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) filed a suit to nullify part of the 1887 Electoral Count Act. Pence fought against the suit and won.
Gohmert’s strategy could have allowed Pence the ability to either accept or reject Electoral College votes, rather than go through the largely procedural role set forth in the act.
On Wednesday, December 30th, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) announced he would support a challenge to Biden electors being led by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on January 6 during the joint session.
By Saturday evening, reports state about 140 GOP Congressional Representatives will join with Brooks. As of this writing (January 2, 2020, 8 p.m. CST), 34 representatives have publicly announced they will challenge electors.
Earlier Saturday Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced he and a group of Senators and Senators-elect plan to challenge the certification of Biden electors from states with significant election fraud concerns on Wednesday if their request for an immediate appointment of a commission to study the election (as precedent was set in the 1877 presidential election) is not met.