Mike Pence Prevented 'Martial Law' From Being Declared on 1/6: Dem Lawmaker

Representative Jamie Raskin suggested on Friday that former Vice President Mike Pence helped to prevent former President Donald Trump from declaring martial law because of his refusal to overturn the 2020 election results on January 6.

Raskin, a Democrat who represents Maryland's 8th congressional district, spoke to MSNBC's Chris Hayes about Pence's behavior on the day of the deadly Capitol riot and how events could have unfolded differently.

As vice president, Pence was tasked with overseeing the final certification of the Electoral College votes - a largely ceremonial role. However, he had come under pressure from Trump and others who wanted him to reject results favoring President Joe Biden and prevent the Democrat from winning the White House.

Raskin told Hayes: "We got very lucky with Mike Pence."

"All they wanted Pence to do was to rebuff the electors coming in from Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, lowering Biden's total below 270, kicking the presidential contest into a contingent election," Raskin said.

In the event that no presidential candidate can reach 270 Electoral College votes, the next president is selected by the House of Representatives. This rare situation has not arisen since the 19th century.

"And there they wanted it because we vote not one member, one vote, but one state, one vote," Raskin went on.

"And if they'd been able to do that, which would not have been really that much if you look at the different things Mike Pence did over the prior four years for Trump, they would have won it with 27 states to 22 for the Democrats and one tied."

"And at that point, he probably would've followed the advice of Michael Flynn and imposed martial law and a state of siege, and this would've been the Reichstag moment," he said.

Retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, who had served as Trump's National Security Advisor from January to February 2017, suggested in December 2020 that the then president could declare martial law and re-run the presidential election.

Hayes responded to Raskin's comments on Friday, saying: "If Pence had gotten up there that day and say 'I'm rejecting them,' there's no recourse."

"They would just steal it," Hayes said. "I mean that's the craziest thing, and I don't want to give Michael Pence, who's, you know, debased himself in a million ways, too much credit here, but like, that's what I'm hearing from you and that's my understanding as well, which is a kind of stomach-dropping realization to come to."

"It's an extraordinary thing," Raskin replied. "And nobody has yet been able to explain why exactly Vice President Pence did the right thing in upholding the constitutional order on that day. But it was a very thin thread that we were resting on."

Former President Trump recently denied that he had any intention of deploying the military in January this year after an upcoming book claimed that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was concerned he would attempt a coup or take other illegal action.

Newsweek has asked Mike Pence's political advocacy group, Advancing American Freedom, for comment

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Former Vice President Mike Pence addresses the GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on June 3, 2021 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin suggested on Friday that Pence had helped prevent a coup on January 6. Scott Eisen/Getty Images