Former US Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that he would consider testifying before the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 assault on Capitol Hill. if you get an invite.
During a breakfast in Manchester, New Hampshire, where presidential hopefuls often speak since the state holds the nation’s first primary, Pence was asked if he would be “okay” if the committee called him to testify…”If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it,” he replied.
“Any formal invitation extended to us will be duly considered. But my first obligation is to continue to keep my oath, continue to maintain this framework of government enshrined in the Constitution, this created the greatest nation in the history of the world,” he continued.
Pence’s response was another break with his former boss, Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the committee’s work for political reasons.
Committee investigators have been interacting privately with Pence’s attorney for months to secure his possible testimony, sources told ABC News.
Pence has largely avoided discussing the work of the Jan. 6 committee even as its members cheered him on for resisting Trump’s demands. In June, he told Fox News that Democrats were using the panel to “divert attention from their failed agenda.”
Committee members have said that a subpoena for Pence’s testimony was not out of the question, but have also indicated that his testimony may not be needed to fill in the gaps given that the committee interviewed Pence’s former chief of staff, Marc Short, and did Have Pence’s former attorney, Greg Jacob, testify.
The committee also released a never-before-seen photograph of a phone call between Trump and Pence on the morning of January 6, 2021, which viewers, including Ivanka Trump, described as “heated.”
Hours later, when the joint session of Congress resumed after the attack, Pence rejected Trump’s last-minute demands to unilaterally reject Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
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Source: La Opinion