Updated at 2:22 p.m. ET
President Trump, in an extraordinary speech as Congress prepared to certify Democrat Joe Biden's victory on Election Day, called on Vice President Pence to reject Biden's win and send the results back to the states, something Pence who is presiding over the joint session, has no constitutional authority to do.
Pence then issued a statement, saying he had no authority to do what Trump was asking him to do.
The dramatic developments in Washington played out on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.