The Mercury News Weekend

Pence asks judge to reject lawsuit from Rep. Gohmert

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Vice President Mike Pence’s lawyers asked a federal judge Thursday to reject a request from Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas that attempts to force Pence to ignore electoral votes of several key states when Congress meets to certify the 2020 presidenti­al election next week.

Pence argues that the legal issues raised by Gohmert, along with a slate of Arizona Republican­s, should be addressed to the House and Senate (if they should be raised at all).

Gohmert’s lawsuit is a last-gasp attempt by Republican­s to persuade Pence to interfere in the declaratio­n of Presidente­lect Joe Biden’s victory and f lip the election for President Donald Trump. The brief, filed with the Eastern District of Texas, does not say if Pence would entertain that possibilit­y, but there is no public indication he will.

The lawsuit falsely claims the election was stolen by Democrats, citing unproven allegation­s of fraud that federal and state courts have rejected again and again.

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