Former Vice President Mike Pence made multiple notable amendments to his script regarding the counting of electoral votes to confirm President Joe Biden’s win on January 6, 2021.

Leading up to the count, then-President Donald Trump and his attorney John Eastman put pressure on Pence to decertify votes as his position required him to oversee the counting of the votes before a joint session of Congress. Eastman prodded him to “object the electors,” according to Pence counsel Greg Jacobs deposition given before the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack. The Trump team instead asked Pence to introduce the illegitimate electors who had signed fake documents in five swing states to block the certification.

In a move that had not been made since Al Gore in 2001, Pence and his counsel added a question after the end of every state’s votes, asking Congress, “Are there any objections?”

Pence also added phrases like “regular in form and authentic,” to describe each certificate. Additionally, he confirmed that the certificates would be ones that “the parliamentarians have advised me is the only certificate of the vote from that state and purports to be a return from the state, and that has annexed to it a certificate from an authority of that state purporting to appoint or ascertain electors.” These phrases took language directly from the 1887 Electoral Count Act.

Another reason Pence used the exact language was to shield himself from Congressional Trump allies who backed Trump’s plan to introduce the fake electors, an unidentified source told Politico.

Pence indicated his position to the White House ahead of time.

“As presiding officer, I will ensure that any objections that are sponsored by both a Representative and a Senator are given proper consideration and that all facts supporting those objections are brought before the Congress and the American people,” Pence said in the letter released prior to the Jan. 6 session. “Those who suggest that raising objections under the Electoral Count Act is improper or undemocratic ignore more than 130 years of history.”

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