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Trump Attack Puts New Focus on Bipartisan Election Law Effort

  • Republicans and Democrats meeting this week to discuss bill
  • Trump allies disagree with his comments on Jan. 6 pardons
Former U.S. President Donald Trump at a 'Save America' rally in Wellington, Ohio, in last June.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump at a 'Save America' rally in Wellington, Ohio, in last June.Photographer: Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg

Senators’ efforts to overhaul a 135-year-old law governing Congress’s role in certifying an election has received new attention after former President Donald Trump attacked Mike Pence for refusing to overturn the 2020 election.

Trump said in a statement Sunday that the effort to revise the law shows that Pence, then the vice president, did have the authority to overturn the election during the congressional counting of the Electoral College votes -- a claim disputed by even Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill. Trump also criticized Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, who has led the effort to overhaul the law.