Mike Pompeo Says Bill Barr Will Determine Whether To Postpone The Election
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has suggested that the final decision on a postponement of the November election lies in the hands of Attorney General Bill Barr, according to Law & Crime.
- During a senate hearing, Pompeo was asked by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) if the president had the power to delay the election, to which Pompeo responded:
“In the end, the Department of Justice, and others, will make that legal determination. We all should want–I know you do, too, Senator Kaine–want to make sure to have an election that everyone is confident in.”
- Legal experts were quick to dismiss Pompeo’s suggestion. National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss told Law & Crime:
“The Constitution gives Congress the power to set a date for the election, Congress has already set a date, and the states are going to run the election process like every other cycle. DOJ can issue all the opinions it wants and the President can issue all the tweets he wants: it changes nothing.”
- University of Texas Law Professor Steve Vladeck tweeted in response as well:
“Congress already made it in 3 U.S.C. § 1. ‘The electors of President and Vice President shall be appointed, in each State, on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November, in every fourth year succeeding every election of a President and Vice President.'”