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Pence Defies Trump, Saying He Has No Power to Reverse Defeat

  • Congress meets Wednesday to certify Biden’s November victory
  • Trump made final plea to Pence in speech outside White House
Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi officiate a joint session of the House and Senate at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi officiate a joint session of the House and Senate at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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Vice President Mike Pence said that he has no power to reverse Donald Trump’s re-election defeat, defying the president’s demands that he unilaterally reject Electoral College votes from contested states during a congressional session Wednesday.

The move sparked a swift rebuke from Trump, exposing an unprecedented rift in American leadership and helping fuel pro-Trump protests at the Capitol. Protesters broke through police lines into the Capitol, forcing security to place the legislative chambers under lockdown.