But in a motion to speed up the process, Gohmert and the voters revealed that their lawyers contacted Pence’s attorney at the vice president’s office to try to come to a deal before going to court.
“During the teleconference, the plaintiffs’ attorney made a meaningful attempt to resolve the underlying legal issues by agreement, including advising counsel for the vice president that the plaintiffs intended to seek an immediate injunction in if the parties do not agree, ”according to Gohmert’s file. “These discussions did not result in an agreement and this lawsuit has been filed.”
Pence has yet to publicly weigh in on his plans to chair the Jan.6 session, when Congress counts the electoral votes supposed to certify Biden’s victory. Nor has he publicly commented on Trump’s repeated calls to reverse the results of the democratic process and settle for a second term.
Gohmert’s lawyers in the case, some of whom have dealt with some of Trump’s lawsuits aimed at overturning Biden’s victory in major swing states, said they have since been in contact with lawyers in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice regarding the administration’s formal response to the suit. Further calls were scheduled for Tuesday later.
Gohmert and voters are seeking a fast-track timeline for Judge Jeremy Kernodle of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, which would result in a decision by January 4, so that they have the possibility of appealing before January. 6th session of Congress.