Louie Gohmert and the eleven other Republicans who are suing Mike Pence revealed that they reached out to the sitting VP to ask him to join their plan to overturn the results of the November election in Congress on January 6, but Pence refused.
“In the teleconference, Plaintiffs’ counsel made a meaningful attempt to resolve the underlying legal issues by agreement, including advising the Vice President’s counsel that Plaintiffs intended to seek immediate injunctive relief in the event the parties did not agree,” lawyers for Gohmert and the electors said in a new filing on Tuesday. “Those discussions were not successful in reaching an agreement and this lawsuit was filed.”
Gohmert and 11 electors from Arizona filed a long shot suit on Monday to ask a federal judge to rule that Pence has the exclusive authority to choose electors when he oversees the Electoral College vote certification in Congress on Jan. 6.
Pence’s role as vice-president in the January 6 joint session of Congress is largely ceremonial but this year there is increased scrutiny given that Trump has pushed lawmakers to challenge the certification of electoral votes.