Top Trump adviser slammed for claims Biden inauguration can be 'delayed' by Pence for 'vote fraud' investigation
DONALD Trump aide Peter Navarro has been slammed after he falsely claimed Mike Pence could delay Joe Biden' inauguration.
White House trade advisor Navarro said there could be a special counsel to investigate election fraud which would could stop, or at least delay, the Democrat taking office.
Republicans are scrambling to try and stop Biden after he defeated Trump in the November election by a margin of 306 to 232 electoral college votes.
Trump and his allies continue to insist there was a conspiracy involving hundreds of thousands of ballots across multiple states which "stole" the win from him.
January 6 is the next key date at Congress and the US Senate certify the electoral college votes.
The normally ceremonially event has now became the centerpiece for efforts to try and overturn the election results – with the President urging his allies to step in.
Navarro was speaking on Fox News as he falsely claimed Vice President Mike Pence could vote to delay Biden's inauguration to carry out a 10 day audit of the election.
Speaking to Fox host Jeanine Pirro, he said: "I would not be surprised to see a special counsel on this.
"And Vice President Pence, he has the authority to give that 10-day window to do what needs to get done.
"And I cannot imagine, when he goes through the facts, he won't vote the right way on that."
Pirro, a former New York State judge, pointed out that inauguration day cannot be changed, as per the Constitution.
Navarro however continued to insist the date could be altered, saying "we can go past that date … we can go past that date if we need to".
The law states that the terms of the president and vice president "shall end at noon on the 20th day of January".
Navarro was widely criticized for his apparent insistence that the Republicans could override the constitution to try and stop the Democrats.
Watergate scandal prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks wrote: "Insane. Constitution sets date and it cannot be moved."
Maryville College history professor Aaron Astor said: "The only thing that can alter it is a death of the President-elect, and then the VP-elect becomes President. If there is an ongoing dispute over Pres-elect, Speaker Pelosi becomes President."
Other social media users also simply tweeted the exact wording of the 20th amendment which clearly lays out the transition between one president to the next.
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig branded his claims "bulls**t",and author Amy Siskind added: "Navarro knows as much about our constitution as he does about economics".
Miami attorney and NBC legal contributor Katie Phang added: "What banana republic is Navarro living in?"
Navarro also claimed that a six-person team from Trump's inner circle held a meeting on Zoom that briefed "hundreds of hundreds" of lawmakers of allegations for election fraud.
He said legislators attended from Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – the swing states which Biden claimed in a clean sweep, reversing Trump's 2016 margin over Hillary Clinton.
"We gave them the receipts. We explained exactly how the Democrat Party as a matter of strategy stole this election from Donald J. Trump," he boasted.
"These legislators — they are hot. They are angry. They want action."
Other particpants on the call were former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has speared Trump's efforts to overturn the lection, and economist John R. Lott, who claims Biden's margins were "suspicious".
Trump's legal team has so far lost some 60 court fight across multiple states as the judges have routinely tossed out his team's cases.
Navarro's suggested to delay to Biden's inauguration comes as 11 Republican senators broke ranks to declare they will challenge the electoral college votes.
Pence said he "welcomed" the news as the cabal led by Texas Senator Ted Cruz unveiled the latest ploy by Trump loyalists to attempt to overturn Biden's election win of 81million votes.
More are expected to follow when Congress reconvenes to formally validate the Electoral College votes on Jan 6 – including a separate effort by Republican senator Josh Hawley.
"An attempt to steal a landslide win. Can’t let it happen!" Trump tweeted last night, hyping the chalenge.
However, the effort is doomed to fail due to the number of Democrats and dissident Republicans.
Trump is encouraging his fans to descend on Washington DC on Wednesday for a massive rally.
And the events will play out in the aftermath of the Georgia runoff that could hand control of the US Senate to the Democrats.
THE ‘REBEL’ REPUBLICANS
THESE are the 12 Republicans senators so far expected to challenge Biden’s win on Wednesday.
- Senator Ted Cruz – Texas
- Senator Ron Johnson – Wisconsin
- Senator James Lankford – Oklahoma
- Senator Steve Daines – Montana
- Senator John Kennedy – Louisiana
- Senator Marsha Blackburn – Tennessee
- Senator Mike Braun – Indiana
- Senator-elect Cynthia Lummis – Wyoming
- Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville – Alabama
- Senator-elect Bill Hagerty – Tennessee
- Senator-elect Roger Marshall – Kansas
- Senator Josh Hawley – Missouri
Trump has attacked members of the GOP who have failed to back him in trying to overturn the election, including Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.
McConnell has pleaded with his caucus to attempt to not block the certification – arguing its pointless and will only divide the Republicans.
It appears the GOP will already be split going into 2024 – with the fight being between the traditionalists and a new wave of loyalist Trumpers.
Trump-critic and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has opposed the growing rebel group's intentions, saying their case would "dangerously threaten our Democratic Republic".
Trump's retweeted several articles about Cruz's efforts last night as he appeared to throw his weight behind the challenge.
He also promoted the "March for Trump" on January 6, which is being billed as the "biggest event in Washington DC history".
As the drama plays out in Washington over, Biden's first term is likely to be defined by the runoff vote in Georgia on Tuesday which could hand control of the senate to the Democrats.
RealClearPolitics' moving average of the polls show Democrat challengers Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock to be ahead by between 0.8 and 1.8 per cent over David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
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