Vice President Mike Pence is no longer expected to preside over the certification of the electoral college votes on Wednesday, according to a statement by Senate president pro tempore Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
Grassley has said that he expects to handle the proceedings with Pence being absent, and he will keep an open mind:
Grassley said he will listen to debate and that “it would be really wrong for me to say I have my mind made up.”
— Roll Call (@rollcall) January 5, 2021
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However, Grassley quickly backtracked in an official statement, casting a specter of confusion over the entire proceeding:
A Grassley spokesman clarifies that the senator does not “have any indication Pence won’t