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WATCH: Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Donald Trump, All Knew Pence Couldn’t Legally Change Election — Testimony

WATCH: Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Donald Trump, All Knew Pence Couldn’t Legally Change Election — Testimony

The third public hearing held by the January 6th Committee focused on Mike Pence, his role as Vice President to certify the electoral vote in the 2020 election, and the pressure campaign carried out by Donald Trump and his allies to force him to illegally alter the election outcome.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Vice President Mike Pence presides over a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress reconvened to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump, hours after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol and disrupted proceedings. (Photo by Erin Schaff – Pool/Getty Images)

The hearing could be boiled down to two essential points: first, to demonstrate that Trump and his allies pushed Vice President Pence to act to alter the outcome of the 2020 election; and second, that when they did so, they knew Pence could not legally comply with their demands.

Greg Jacob, who served as legal counsel for VP Pence, testified, as can be seen in the video below, that John Eastman laid out two options for Pence. First, he could simply reject the electoral ballots from states that Trump’s team claimed were ‘disputed,’ or, alternatively, he could call a recess and send the ballots back to the states to reconsider.

However, Jacob also testified that Eastman himself acknowledged that if Pence did so, the Supreme Court would unanimously rule against him, affirming that he had no legal right to block the electoral vote confirmation.

Eric Herschmann, a former White House attorney, testified, in fact, that even Rudy Giuliani admitted that the Pence-reliant strategy was not a legal move.

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Despite that, Giuliani, Trump, and others continued to push, to the public, the false notion that Pence was the primary factor, and that he could unilaterally declare Trump the winner, or otherwise counter Joe Biden’s win.

Representative Pete Aguilar laid out how, even after Donald Trump had been reliably assured by advisors, legal counsel, and others, he still gave public speeches pressuring Pence to act illegally to overturn his loss.

This would all ultimately result in threats to Pence’s life, with Trump tweeting out further provocation after the mob entered the Capitol, and, according to testimony the Janaury 6th Committee received, even speaking in support of the threats to his vice president.

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