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January 6th committee chair says the panel expects former Vice President Mike Pence to testify

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol is expecting to ask former Vice President Mike Pence to appear voluntarily.

Pence’s role on that day has drawn interest from the committee as Trump pressured Pence to reject the 2020 election results in several key states.

According to NPR, Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS) shared that Pence will be asked in likely the next month. “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. And because of his respect for the law, there were people who came to the Capitol a year ago wanting to hang him. And so, if for no other reason, our committee really needs to hear what are his opinions about what happened on Jan. 6.”

The committee is meeting in the next few weeks to put together a final plan regarding Pence. Pence is among several high-profile figures to be asked to provide information on the Jan 6 attack. The committee has asked Sean Hannity, Scott Perry, and Jim Jordan to come before the panel. None have shown interest in doing so. 

Thompson said, “Look, we are absolutely open to anyone coming voluntarily to the committee. If in fact, we think somebody has information that as a committee we need, and getting a subpoena for that person’s participation is important, then we will do it.”

The committee is also looking to obtain more information from Ivanka Trump. They have issued more than 50 subpoenas overall, interviewed about 350 witnesses, and received more than 450,000 documents.

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: TAMPA BAY

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