Mike Pence breaks with Donald Trump’s allies over election challenge

Mike Pence breaks with Donald Trump’s allies over election challenge

US vice-president seeks dismissal of suit aimed at giving him power to overturn Biden’s victory

Mike Pence has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit brought against him by Republican lawmakers who want the US vice-president to overturn the results of the November 3 election, in a blow to Donald Trump and his allies who continue to falsely insist that the poll was rigged.

In a 14-page filing made on behalf of the vice-president, justice department lawyers called the lawsuit a “walking legal contradiction” and argued Mr Pence was not the proper person to sue in the matter. The federal judge overseeing the case has yet to set a date for a hearing.

The suit brought by Louie Gohmert, a Republican US representative from Texas, and several Republicans from Arizona seeks to scrap the rules on how Congress certifies presidential elections, in an effort to give Mr Pence the ability to throw out the results.

Electors gathered in state capitals and the District of Columbia in December to formally select Joe Biden as the US president-elect, and their ballots are set to be counted and certified by both houses of Congress on Wednesday next week.