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    Trump lawyer pushed Pence to overturn election with memo: Bob Woodward

    A far-right-wing lawyer for former President Donald Trump reportedly sought to convince then-Vice President Mike Pence to join the effort to overturn the 2020 election using a six-point legal memo.

    The outlandish memo urged Pence to use his supposed power while presiding over Congress to toss out the electoral votes from seven swing states that President Joe Biden won, potentially allowing Trump to stay in power.

    “The fact is that the Constitution assigns this power to the Vice President as the ultimate arbiter,” John Eastman, a former law professor at Chapman University, wrote in the memo.

    "Peril," is a new book by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa. It is expected to be released on Sept. 21, 2021.

    The memo is revealed in “Peril,” the forthcoming blockbuster book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, CNN reported.

    Pence rejected the memo, which suggested he declare an impasse over dueling slates of electors from the swing states, and presided over the session of Congress on Jan. 6 that certified Biden’s win.

    But the existence of the memo, along with other details in the book, suggest Pence was much closer to backing Trump’s plan to stay in the White House than was previously known.

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