President Donald Trump is doubling down on his belief that Vice President Mike Pence has the power to throw out Electoral College votes from states in which electoral fraud has been proven.
Trump’s remarks come despite what The New York Times said were private comments from Pence to Trump on Tuesday that he does not believe he can single-handedly stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results. If the results are certified, Democrat Joe Biden would become the next president of the United States.
Basing its report on what it said were “people briefed on the conversation,” The Times reported that Pence told Trump — during his weekly lunch with the president — about the limits of his role while presiding over Wednesday’s joint session of Congress.
In a Tuesday night statement, Trump called the above interpretation of his conversation with Pence “fake news.”
“He never said that,” the statement