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Loyal Soldier Pence Torn Between Trump, Constitution

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Vice President Mike Pence walks through the Oval Office before President Donald Trump departs the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Dalton, Ga. for a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has been President Donald Trump’s most loyal soldier, dutifully backing the unpredictable leader through one chaotic situation after another.

Now Pence is facing the most precarious position of his tenure when he presides over Wednesday’s congressional tally of Electoral College votes. It’s the last front in Trump’s attempts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November election.

The president and his supporters are pressuring Pence to intervene in the process even though there is nothing he can do to reverse the outcome. Allies expect Pence to hew to his limited constitutionally mandated role.

 

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