Mike Pence ‘welcomes’ senators’ bid to derail result

Mike Pence 'welcomes' senators' bid to derail result
It will fall to Mr Pence to declare Mr Biden the winner. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: US Vice-President Mike Pence has welcomed an effort by a group of senators, led by Ted Cruz, to derail result of Joe Biden’s presidential election win.

The 11 Republican senators and senators-elect want a 10-day delay to audit unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.

The step is certain to fail as most senators are expected to endorse the President-elect in the 6 January vote.

Mr Biden is due to be inaugurated as president on 20 January. This seems as the last effort to derail result and snatch victory from Biden.

President Donald Trump has refused to concede the election to Joe Biden, repeatedly alleging fraud without providing any evidence.

Mr Pence has stopped short of echoing allegations of voter fraud. But on Saturday, his chief of staff Marc Short said the Vice President shared what he called “the concerns of millions of Americans about voter fraud and irregularities”.

Mr Short said the Vice-President “welcomes the efforts of members of the House and Senate to use the authority they have under the law to raise objections and bring forward evidence before the Congress and the American people.”

As president of the Senate, Mike Pence will have the responsibility of overseeing the session on 6 January and declaring Joe Biden the winner.

All 50 states of the US have certified the election result, some after recounts and legal appeals.

US courts have rejected 60 challenges to Mr Biden’s win so far. President Trump has notched up only one minor victory, concerning a small number of postal ballots in Pennsylvania, a state won by Mr Biden.

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