Chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots told NPR on Friday That panel would ask former Vice President Mike Pence to voluntarily appear before the committee by the end of the month.
Why this matters: The committee is stepping up its closed-door investigation into the uprising, and is looking at Pence as a key witness to what former President Trump was doing during the more than three hours of the attack on the Capitol.
Running news: “The vice president was put in a tough spot. The president was putting a lot of pressure on him to break the law, and he stood fast,” Rep. Benny Thompson (D-Miss.) told NPR.
- “And because of his respect for the law, the people who came to the Capitol a year ago wanted to hang him. And so, if for any other reason, our committee really needs to hear what happened on Jan. What is his opinion in me. 6.”
- “I think you can expect that before the month is out,” Thompson said.
big picture: Thompson’s remarks come as Pence’s office and those around him have been allies as the Jan. 6 select committee focuses on what Trump was doing during the rebellion, Aloysna Treine of Nerdshala reports.
- pence in one Letter He wrote before the January 6 proceedings in 2021 that he would not step out of his “largely ceremonial” role and would reject the Electoral College votes, despite the former president’s insistence.
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