Sen. Grassley confuses DC over whether he will handle electoral certification

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Sen. Chuck Grassley on Tuesday set off a media firestorm when he implied that he and not Vice President Mike Pence would handle certification of the Electoral College results, before he quickly walked back the remark.

“We don’t expect him to be there,” Grassley said Tuesday, according to Roll Call.

Minutes later, Grassley’s office told the Capitol Hill-focused publication that there’s “every indication” Pence will be present Wednesday in his role as president of the Senate.

Grassley, 87, is president pro tempore of the Senate and would preside if Pence was absent.

Pence previously fought in court against a lawsuit from supporters of President Trump who sought to force him to take a more active role in the dispute over President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win.

Pence’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.

At a Monday night rally in Georgia, Trump made clear that he wanted Pence to take an active role when at least 13 Republican senators object to Biden’s electoral victory.

“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us,” Trump told a large crowd in Dalton, Ga. “If he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much.”

Trump says fraud tipped the election to Biden in critical swing states, but his claims have failed in court. The GOP senators’ objections to Biden’s victory also are certain to fail.

In order to succeed, an objection would need to be embraced by both the House and Senate. The House is controlled by Democrats, and in the Senate, a number of Republicans say they will oppose the objections.

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