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January 5, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — According to Constitution expert Rick Green, President Trump still has multiple paths to victory in an election marred by unprecedented unconstitutional action by election officials and top Democrats across battleground states.
In his conversation with LifeSiteNews, the former Texas lawmaker and founder of Patriot Academy particularly highlighted the opportunities presented by the joint session of Congress tomorrow that is set to vote on the results of the Electoral College.
Vice President Mike Pence has the authority to reject electors from contested states, Green said. Pence will preside over the joint session, fulfilling his role outlined in the Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which requires that the Vice President “open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.”
“He’s the President of the Senate and he can do his duty under the constitution … he can follow historical precedent, he can follow the language of the Constitution,” Green explained. “Jefferson, Nixon, Gore, all three of them acted unilaterally over the objections of House members and Senate members, so Mike Pence could do the same thing.”
Green noted that then-Vice President Richard Nixon “refused to hear the objections” that resulted from the 1960 presidential race that Nixon conceded. He “accepted Democratic electors rather than Republican electors unilaterally,” Green said.
“If [Pence] does what he can do under the Constitution,” and dismisses electors, “yes, there’ll be wailing and gnashing of teeth, but [Democratic members of Congress] would have to then go to the Supreme Court and ask for some sort of ruling.”
The procedure of tomorrow’s session is governed both by the Constitution and the Electoral Count Act of 1887. The law, which Green called “the worst written statute in history,” purports to grant powers to either chamber of Congress against those laid out in the Twelfth Amendment. Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) sued in December to clarify the law, although his case was dismissed last weekend due to a technicality.
While a lawyer representing Pence had sought the rejection of Gohmert’s suit, Green cautioned, “I don’t know that we can really deduce from that what Mike Pence is going to do.”
PETITION UPDATE (1/15/2021) -
The events of the past month, and especially the past 10 days, have shaken the faith Americans have in their elected and appoint officials.
We continue to call for investigations to be made into allegations of election fraud. Texas is in the process of prosecuting one political operative for illegal ballot harvesting, and multiple state legislatures have called for investigations, too.
However, the judiciary has severely let down the American electorate.
As we have said all along, the integrity of the election is much bigger than President Trump. Election integrity is at the heart of republican democracy, and if we don't have it, we no longer have a functioning republic.
Therefore, we continue to seek the truth for the election outcome. Perhaps that will only be known in the future when state or federal commissions are established to investigate the instances of election fraud which were witnessed and sworn to, by thousands of Americans of all political persuasions.
In the meantime, you may still sign this petition. Thank you!
PETITION UPDATE (12/10/20) -
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted: "We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case. This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!"
He is referring to the lawsuit which the state of Texas has filed against Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Georgia in the Supreme Court over changes those states made to their election rules, claiming they violated the U.S. Constitution in the process.
Here is the central part of the argument: if Texas were to allow possible voter fraud to go unchecked in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia, it would be akin to committing fraud upon the people of Texas, who cast their ballots within the framework of the law.
Indeed, this would apply equally to all citizens who voted within the framework of the law across the United States!
President Trump also tweeted that this case is, "very strong...ALL CRITERIA MET."
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PETITION UPDATE (12/7/20) - Since this petition was launched, President Trump's legal team, as well as other concerned citizens, have discovered what appears to be irrefutable evidence of voter fraud in several of the key battleground states, and have initiated legal challenges in six states.
While the situation continues to evolve, this remains a hugely important petition which we encourage you to SIGN and SHARE.
Below, please WATCH and READ about the mounting evidence of voter fraud and how the mainstream media seem determined to ignore even the most egregious instances of vote tampering. Then, please SIGN and SHARE this petition.
LifeSite supports President Trump with this petition because we believe he is trying to defend the Constitution, ensuring that electoral fraud does not taint the result of the 2020 general election.
But, since starting this petition, we have launched a separate petition related to the disputed election outcome, calling on the Department of Justice to 'do their job' and engage in meaningful investigations of the mounting evidence of voter fraud.
We believe that conducting forensic audits of ballots and voting machines, as well as issuing subpoenas to collect more evidence, would be a good start.
Thankfully, some of the state started to demand investigations independent of federal agencies. But we still believe that the DoJ needs to use its enormous fact-finding resources to help resolve allegations of election fraud.
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Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which calls on all Americans to Stand With President Trump as he uses every legitimate means to find out if voter fraud played any role in the election outcome.
Amid allegations of voter fraud, and at a time when the situation with COVID has been used by many of the states to facilitate the use of mail-in ballots on a massive scale, we need to be very careful in dismissing the possibility of voter fraud.
The fact is, the possibility of wide-spread fraud with mail-in ballots is significant.
But, this is not about Donald Trump or Joe Biden! This about whether or not the sanctity of the ballot box has been tampered with!
Please Stand With President Trump as he attempts to defend the integrity of this election, as well as well as the right to vote itself!
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While most all Americans believe in playing by the rules, we also know that some very devious, politically-motivated operatives have been trying to harm the Trump administration from before he even took the oath of office.
This fact should lead us to question how some allegations of voter fraud can be so easily dismissed by state election authorities.
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Green also noted that the vice president has constitutional authority to “set up the rules” for the joint session. “He could actually say, ‘Listen, there’s going to be debate on this. I’m the presiding officer.’”
“I can’t imagine the Democrats in the House going along with that, but Mike Pence could require that. He could stop everything right from the beginning on January 6 and say, ‘Okay, we’re going to have a hearing right now, in session, and allow people to start presenting evidence,’” Green said.
Trump legal advisor Jenna Ellis detailed a similar strategy yesterday, saying that the Vice President could defer the certification of the election and send requests to state legislatures to review their states’ electors.
“That’s not setting up any sort of bad precedent,” she said. “That’s actually returning the authority to the constitutionally vested entity and just simply directing that question” to “these very timid, to put it lightly, state legislators that haven’t been willing to act,” Ellis added. Some state lawmakers have endorsed the idea already.
“The states that are in question could still meet and name their slate of electors and should do that. They could literally do that tomorrow,” Green stressed.
State lawmakers “have plenary power granted through the Constitution — granted to them, not to the governor. They can come together and they can name that slate of electors, remove all uncertainty,” he continued.
“It would be clearly constitutional and then we wouldn’t have this chaos and the uncertainty going forward,” Green stated, pointing to three Supreme Court cases, including Bush v. Gore, that have affirmed states’ prerogative.
Regardless of which electors Pence chooses to accept, Green emphasized that there are other avenues to adjudicate the election after tomorrow. “There’s definitely time, regardless of what would happen on January 6. I think the Supreme Court can still step in.” Several cases releated to the 2020 election are still in the Supreme Court’s docket.
The dozen GOP senators who vowed to challenge electors barring the creation of “an emergency 10-day audit” are “thinking the exact same thing, Green said. “They’ll definitely carry it out past January 6.”
He urged that concerned patriots “have to be influencing our state legislators about election integrity.”
“Everyone needs to call their senator and their congressman,” he said, even Democratic lawmakers: “They need to know you’re watching.”
Republican lawmakers must be reminded, “[t]hat if you don’t object, if you don’t stand against this lawlessness, then we know that you support that lawlessness and there’s no way we’ll support you for any office in the future, and we’re coming after you in the Republican primary next year.”