What we know about how Pence’s day unfolded on Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Pence is not going to be testifying at Thursday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing. But he will be in the spotlight as the concentrate turns to previous President Donald Trump’s determined and futile tries to persuade his vice president to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election and deliver them a second time period.

“As you will hear, President Trump engaged in a relentless work to force Pence both of those in private and in public,” Rep. Liz Cheney, the top Republican on the committee, reported last week. “Vice President Pence shown his loyalty to Donald Trump regularly more than 4 decades, but he knew that he had a higher responsibility to the United States Constitution.”

What we know about Pence’s actions main up to and in the course of that working day:

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As Trump’s frantic efforts to stave off defeat had been quashed by courts and state officials, he and his allies zeroed in on Jan. 6 — the day a joint session of Congress would convene to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s get — as their very last possibility to continue being in electrical power.

The heavy-handed stress marketing campaign intensified in the days leading up to the 6th as Trump, attorney John Eastman and other people in Trump’s orbit experimented with to encourage Pence that he experienced the electrical power to overturn the will of voters in a handful of critical battleground states by just rejecting Electoral University votes or sending the final results back to the states — even even though the Structure would make crystal clear the vice president’s part in the proceedings is mainly ceremonial.

Pence used hours huddling with personnel, which includes his standard counsel, Greg Jacob. He studied the Electoral Depend Act of 1887, which governs the proceedings, and fulfilled with the Senate parliamentarian to have an understanding of his purpose. He also obtained outside counsel, such as from previous Vice President Dan Quayle.