The federal indictment filed against former President Donald J. Trump alleges a series of criminal conspiracies aimed at overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election. According to the indictment, Trump was committed to exploring all legal avenues to verify the election’s outcome, and thanks to former Vice President Mike Pence, the prosecution has extra ammo to prove it.
The indictment describes Trump’s engagement with Pence regarding the January 6 certification proceeding. Trump sought to clarify the Vice President’s ceremonial role and explore the possibility of having Pence reject electoral votes or send them to state legislatures for review.
Pence refused Trump repeated hopes to gather support, who later pressured Pence to take action. The indictment provides details about a meeting between former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as “notes” from Pence that were handed over to Jack Smith.
On December 29, as reflected in the Vice President’s contemporaneous notes, the Defendant falsely told the Vice President that the “Justice Dept [was] finding major infractions…”
On January 1, President Trump reached out to Vice President Pence to express his concern over the Vice President’s opposition to a lawsuit. The lawsuit sought to clarify the Vice President’s constitutional authority to reject or return votes to the states during the certification process.
President Trump, standing firm in his belief in the lack of integrity of the election process, told the Vice President, “You’re too honest.” He then rallied his supporters for a peaceful protest, tweeting, “The BIG Protest Rally in Washington, D.C, will take place at 11.00 A.M. on January 6th. Locational details to follow. StopTheSteal!”
Two days later, on January 3, Trump once again engaged with Vice President Pence, emphasizing his belief that the Vice President had the absolute right to reject electoral votes and the ability to overturn the election if necessary. Despite a federal appeals court rejecting the lawsuit making that claim the previous day, President Trump maintained his stance, reflecting his commitment to ensuring the accuracy and fairness of the election results.
Trump was unwavering in his idea of upholding what he believed to be the correct interpretation of the Constitution and was determined to explore all legal avenues to ensure the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.
On January 4, another meeting was held. “During the meeting, as reflected in the Vice President’s contemporaneous notes, the Defendant made knowingly false claims of election fraud, including, ‘Bottom line—won every state by 100,000s of votes’ and ‘We won every state,’ and asked—regarding a claim his senior Justice Department officials previously had told him was false, including as recently as the night before—’What about 205,000 votes more in PA than voters?'” the indictment states.
“The Defendant and Co-Conspirator 2 then asked the Vice President to either unilaterally reject the legitimate electors from the seven targeted states, or send the question of which slate was legitimate to the targeted states’ legislatures.”
On January 5, President Trump met alone with Vice President Pence to discuss the upcoming certification. When Pence refused to agree to Trump’s request regarding the certification, Trump expressed his frustration and informed Pence that he would have to “publicly criticize him.”
Yesterday, Trump wrote on Truth Social, “I feel badly for Mike Pence, who is attracting no crowds, enthusiasm, or loyalty from people who, as a member of the Trump Administration, should be loving him.”
“He didn’t fight against Election Fraud, which we will now be easily able to prove based on the most recent Fake Indictment & information which will have to be made available to us, finally ― a really BIG deal. The V.P. had power that Mike didn’t understand, but after the Election, the RINOS & Dems changed the law, taking that power away!” Trump finished.
Both are now 2024 rivals.