The special House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol is hoping Mike Pence will speak to them voluntarily later this month.
Committee chairman Bennie Thompson said the panel aimed to meet with the former vice chairman by the end of January, as he continued to investigate the events surrounding the year’s attack. last.
Asked about the possibility of interviewing Pence, Thompson told NPR on Friday: “I think you can expect that before the end of the month.”
The Mississippi Democrat said Pence’s cooperation with the investigation could be crucial given that Trump falsely told his supporters that the then vice president could have stopped certification of presidential election results from 2020 in favor of Joe Biden via Veep’s ceremonial role as Speaker of the Senate.
“The vice president was put in a tough spot. The president was pressuring him a lot to break the law, and he held on,” Thompson told NPR.
“And because of his respect for the law, there were people who came to the Capitol a year ago to hang him. And so, if not for any other reason, our committee really needs to ‘hear what his views are about what happened on January 1. 6. “
As the attack took place on January 6, Trump tweeted that Pence “lacked the courage to do what should have been done” regarding the termination of election certification.
During the attack, the violent crowd of Trump supporters could be heard chanting “hang Mike Pence” in the halls of the Capitol building.
Thompson said the panel would meet next week to discuss plans to formally ask Pence to speak to them.
He added that the committee had not decided to ask more members of Trump’s inner circle to appear as witnesses, including his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
Representative Liz Cheney, deputy chair of the House Select Committee, previously told NBC that she “looked forward to” Pence to cooperate with the insurgency investigation while describing the former vice president as a “hero” on the day of the attack.
“He refused the pressure from the former president,” Cheney said on the first anniversary of the attack. “He did his duty, and the nation should be very grateful for the actions he took that day.”
Cheney previously revealed that the panel received “first-hand testimony” that Ivanka Trump asked her father at least twice to “please stop this violence” as he watched it unfold at the television in the White House dining room, rather than trying to get his supporters to end the riot.
“We are absolutely open to anyone who comes voluntarily to the committee,” said Thompson. “If in fact we believe that someone has information that we need as a committee, and that it is important to get a subpoena for that person to participate, then we will.”
“We have information that Ivanka tried to get the president to cancel what was going on on Capitol Hill. We don’t have all the information. That’s why we would like to have access to it.”