If Trump blocks election decision, Nancy Pelosi becomes Acting President

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano told “Varney & Co.” on Thursday whether Pelosi would automatically assume the role of acting president if the 2020 election is delayed.

…”President Trump’s term ends at precisely noon on Jan. 20, 2021. If the Electoral College has not yet named a successor, presumably either Donald Trump or Joe Biden, then whoever is the speaker of the House would become the acting president of the United States.”

He explained, “If the Democrats retain their majority in the House, and it appears likely that they will, but if they do, and if they choose Mrs. Pelosi, knowing at that point that they’re choosing the president of the United States, then it would be she.”


3 thoughts on “If Trump blocks election decision, Nancy Pelosi becomes Acting President


    “The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has informed the House and Senate Select Committees on Intelligence that it’ll no longer be briefing on election security issues, according to letters obtained by CNN and a senior administration official. Instead, as CNN’s Jeremy Diamond reports, ODNI will primarily provide written updates to the congressional panels, the official said. Meanwhile former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper explains to CNN’s Bianna Golodryga why he finds it “amazing and disturbing” that President Donald Trump’s intelligence chief would do this ahead of the 2020 election.” (CNN 8/29/20)
    (6:17 pm ET): The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has informed Senate and House intelligence committees that it will no longer brief Congress on foreign efforts to interfere in the November election, according to congressional Democrats. https://www.npr.org/2020/08/29/907498065/director-of-national-intelligence-cancels-election-security-briefings-democrats-
    “This is a shocking abdication of its lawful responsibility to keep the Congress currently informed, and a betrayal of the public’s right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy,” Pelosi and Schiff said in the statement.
    “This intelligence belongs to the American people, not the agencies which are its custodian. And the American people have both the right and the need to know that another nation, Russia, is trying to help decide who their president should be,” they said.
    (Press release) Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Schiff Statement on Cancellation of Election Security Briefings by Office of the Director of National Intelligence https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/82920

  2. Another scenario says:

    “Trump says the House might decide the election in doomsday scenario” https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-says-the-house-might-decide-the-election-in-doomsday-scenario/ar-BB197owy The Constitution provides for the House to decide disputed elections, where each state delegation gets a single vote – a situation that could favor the Republicans, depending on the composition of the new Congress.
    “How to Defeat Trump’s Plan to Overturn the Election” https://www.newsweek.com/how-defeat-trumps-plan-overturn-election-opinion-1526242

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