You won’t believe what Trump said.
In a statement released by former President Donald Trump’s Save America joint fundraising committee, Trump stated that the Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots should probe former Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s roles in the attack on the Capitol.
The statement comes as a group of bipartisan lawmakers discusses changing the Electoral Count Act to elucidate the role of the Vice President in the process.
The statement included many rebukes from the former President. As he wrote that it was “pathetic to watch the Unselect Committee of political hacks, liars, and traitors work so feverishly to alter the Electoral College Act so that a Vice President cannot ensure the honest results of the election.”
He highlighted that this was a significant shift to last year’s consensus that “the Vice President has absolutely no right to ensure the true outcome or results of an election.”
“In other words, they lied,” he continued, noting that “the Vice President did have this right or, more pointedly, could have sent the votes back to various legislators for reassessment after so much fraud and irregularities were found.”
Trump has been perpetuating the “big lie” before the events of Jan. 6 took place. However at the time, he pushed Pence to use his authority as the president of the Senate and overseer of the Electoral College certification to refuse the 2020 election tallies from several states in which Trump and his allies claimed widespread voter fraud had taken place to ensure Joe Biden’s victory.
In the statement, Trump retained his stance that if vote tallies were “sent back to the legislators” or had Nancy Pelosi, charged with overseeing Capitol security, taken Trump’s recommendation and “substantially increased security” Jan. 6 “as we know it” would not have occurred.
He concluded that this meant that the committee investigating Jan. 6 “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,” saying that the recent development on the role of Vice President proved Mike Pence had the right to send votes back.
Tuesday’s statement includes similar points as one he released on Sunday, where he reaffirmed that Pence had the authority to refuse electoral votes from states and called out those who were trying to change legislation regarding the formally tallying the votes, highlighting Republican Congressman Susan Collins who had been a part of those discussions.
He eventually concluded that these discussions proved that “Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome,” adding that it was unfortunate that “he didn’t exercise that power” because “he could have overturned the Election!”