Former President Donald Trump released a statement early Tuesday morning calling for the House Select Committee investigating January 6 to look into former Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump also blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for allegedly not taking his advice on upping security at the Capitol for that day.
The statement began with Trump asserting that Pence did have the ability to send the votes back to legislators in states where “so much fraud” and “irregularities” were found.
“So pathetic to watch the Unselect Committee of political hacks, liars, and traitors work so feverishly to alter the Electoral College Act so that a Vice President cannot ensure the honest results of the election, when just one year ago they said that ‘the Vice President has absolutely no right to ensure the true outcome or results of an election,'” the statement began. “In other words, they lied, and the Vice President did have this right or, more pointedly, could have sent the votes back to various legislators for reassessment after so much fraud and irregularities were found.”
The former president said that if the results had not been certified that day, or if Pelosi had increased security, “there would have been no ‘January 6’ as we know it!”
“If it were sent back to the legislators, or if Nancy Pelosi, who is in charge of Capitol security, had taken my recommendation and substantially increased security, there would have been no ‘January 6’ as we know it!” Trump’s statement continued.
Trump wrote that he believes the committee should have instead launched a Congressional investigation into Pelosi and Pence’s actions that day.
“Therefore, the Unselect Committee should be investigating why Nancy Pelosi did such a poor job of overseeing security and why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval, in that it has now been shown that he clearly had the right to do so!” Trump concluded.
On Sunday, Trump made waves when he confirmed that he believes Pence should have overturned the election results. He also claimed that lawmakers now working to reform the Electoral Count Act proves that the Vice President did have the power to refuse to certify vote counts.
The language in the act is vague and there has been much debate about how much power the Vice President actually holds in that situation.
“Actually, what they are saying, is that Mike Pence did have the right to change the outcome, and they now want to take that right away. Unfortunately, he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the Election!” Trump wrote.