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Glenn Kirschner: After enabling Trump’s lawlessness for years, Pence did the bare minimum on 1/6. But he’s no hero


June 12,2022

We have long known that Donald Trump, together with one of his corrupt attorneys John Eastman, were pressuring former Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify Joe Biden’s election win on January 6, ruching him to put the wheels in motion for Trump to be installed for a second presidential term contrary to the will of the American voters.

Based on some new reporting by Politico, we now know that Mike Pence’s top lawyer, Greg Jacob, had authored a memo setting out how Pence would violate the law, specifically the Electoral Count Act, if he gave in to Trump’s pressure and threats, and refused to perform his constitutional duty on Jan. 6 while presiding over the count of the electoral votes.

Jacob is scheduled to appear and testify in the January 6 select committee public hearings in the coming days.

This video discusses why Mike Pence may have abided by the law on Jan. 6, but he is far from a hero.

About Glenn Kirschner

Glenn Kirschner brings analysis and insight to legal issues of the day, drawing from his 30 years as a federal prosecutor, homicide prosecutor and Army JAG. Glenn is an NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst and teaches criminal law at George Washington University.

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