MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Wed, 21 Apr 2021 01:42:45 +0000 AP Reporter: Pence in an untenable position http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/a418141a54e44210b9c073d85b9b8204 Associated Press' Darlene Superville discusses Justice Department asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit led by Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas that seeks to give Vice President Mike Pence the power to overturn the presidential election result. (Jan.1) a418141a54e44210b9c073d85b9b8204 Fri, 01 Jan 2021 23:27:08 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSWest Palm Beach, Florida - 22 December 20201. STILL of Mike Pence ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington – 1 January 2021++ZOOM CALL QUALITY AS INCOMING++ ++PARTIALLY COVERED++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Darlene Superville, White House reporter, Associated Press:"Last night, the Department of Justice, which is acting on Pence's behalf, asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit and their basic argument is that suing, suing the Vice President, that the Vice President is not the right person to be sued in this instance, that there's, their lawsuit should be targeted toward Congress and not the Vice President. There were other reasons that the Justice Department listed for why the lawsuit is without merit. But the main argument the Justice Department made on the Vice President's behalf is that he is the wrong person to be sued in this case. The Vice President is finding himself in a very untenable position right now, being pressured from a lot of different sides to do something that he doesn't seem to think he has the power to do."ASSOCIATED PRESSWest Palm Beach, Florida - 22 December 20203. Various STILLS of Mike Pence STORYLINE:The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to dismiss a last-gasp lawsuit led by a House Republican that seeks to give Vice President Mike Pence the power to overturn the results of the presidential election won by Joe Biden when Congress formally counts the Electoral College votes next week.Pence, as president of the Senate, will oversee the session Wednesday and declare the winner of the White House race. The Electoral College this month cemented Biden's 306-232 victory, and multiple legal efforts by President Donald Trump's campaign to challenge the results have failed.The suit names Pence, who has a largely ceremonial role in next week's proceedings, as the defendant and asks the court to throw out the 1887 law that spells out how Congress handles the vote counting. It asserts that the Vice President "may exercise the exclusive authority and sole discretion in determining which electoral votes to count for a given State."Associated Press' White House reporter Darlene Superville feels Pence is in an untenable position right now."The Vice President is finding himself in a very untenable position right now, being pressured from a lot of different sides to do something that he doesn't seem to think he has the power to do," she said.The Justice Department is representing Pence in a case that aims to find a way to keep his boss President Donald Trump, in power. In a court filing in Texas on Wednesday, the department said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and a group of Republican electors from Arizona "have sued the wrong defendant" — if, in fact, any of those suing actually have "a judicially cognizable claim."The department says, in effect, that the suit objects to long-standing procedures laid out in law, "not any actions that Vice President Pence has taken," so he should not be the target of the suit."A suit to establish that the Vice President has discretion over the count, filed against the Vice President, is a walking legal contradiction," the department argues.Trump, the first president to lose a reelection bid in almost 30 years, has attributed his defeat to widespread voter fraud. But a range of nonpartisan election officials and Republicans has confirmed there was no fraud in the November contest that would change the results of the election. That includes former Attorney General William Barr, who said he saw no reason to appoint a special counsel to look into the president's claims about the 2020 election. He resigned from his post last week.Trump and his allies have filed roughly 50 lawsuits challenging election results, and nearly all have been dismissed or dropped. He's also lost twice at the Supreme Court.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Associated Press' Darlene Superville discusses Justice Department asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit led by Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas that seeks to give Vice President Mike Pence the power to overturn the presidential election result. (Jan.1) AP Reporter: Pence in an untenable position