Fox News host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Budget chairman: Debt ceiling fight 'a ridiculous position to be in' NIH director expects booster shots to be expanded, despite recommendation MORE said that Vice President Pence "chose the Constitution" on Wednesday when he announced he would not attempt to reject the Electoral College results that broke in favor of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHaiti prime minister warns inequality will cause migration to continue Pelosi: House must pass 3 major pieces of spending legislation this week Erdoğan says Turkey plans to buy another Russian defense system MORE in November.
Fox News reported Wednesday that Wallace commended Pence for being “an utterly loyal vice president," stating that he made the right choice to choose the Constitution.
"I think it is the only choice he could have made. I think it's the right choice and the courageous choice,” Wallace said.
Wallace's comments came Wednesday when Congress convened in a joint session to certify the 2020 election results. As vice president, Pence was slated to preside over the proceedings, a largely ceremonial role.
Before the meeting, several members of the Republican party sought to expand Pence's authority through a lawsuit to allow him to effectively overturn Biden's win. However, that lawsuit was thrown out by a federal appeals court earlier this month.
Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertRepublicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Security forces under pressure to prevent repeat of Jan. 6 Washington ramps up security ahead of Sept. 18 rally MORE (R-Texas) in a last-ditch effort Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to take up the case.
Pence, in a letter to Congress released Wednesday stated that he does not believe that he has the "unilateral authority" to reject electoral votes. The statement was a direct blow to President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's push for his vice president to overturn the election results.
“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilaterally authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Pence said.
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Trump took to Twitter to rebuke Pence for deciding not to reject electoral votes.
As vice president, Pence does not have the authority to reject the Electoral College results.
“Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” Trump wrote.
Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Wallace condemned Trump's remarks.
“What Donald Trump is saying when he says ‘Do the right thing’ is ‘Do the right thing for Donald Trump.’ Not do the right thing for the Constitution, not do the right thing for the 150 milli-plus Americans who voted in this election, and he is following the Constitution, he is following the Electoral Count Act of 1877,” Wallace said.
Wallace also acknowledged that Pence does not have any power to unilaterally reject electors.
Proceedings to certify electors’ votes have been stalled due to protesters breaking into the Capitol building. Pence and others have been evacuated from the scene to shelter in various safe spaces.