Jan. 6 investigators eyeing Pence interview this month

Pence’s refusal to consent ignited the pro-Trump mob that flooded the Capitol that afternoon, causing some of them to sing “Hang Mike Pence” as they broke through the building and took Pence to safety.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said NPR earlier in the day that the request to Pence would probably come in January.

“I think you could expect that before the month is up,” said Thompson.

An advisor to the select committee confirmed Thompson’s remark, saying, “The chairman’s comments suggest that the select committee is considering issuing an invitation to the former vice president sometime this month.”

A senior official on the committee added that the request will ultimately be timed whenever it fits into the broader timeline of the investigation.

“The committee takes these matters responsibly and thoughtfully and will address these issues appropriately and at an appropriate time,” said the official.

Several members of Pence’s inner circle have worked with the Jan.6 special committee, including former chief of staff Marc Short, former communications advisor Alyssa Farah, and former national security adviser Keith Kellogg, although it is unclear whether Pence himself would comply if he would be asked to testify.

Pence has stood by his decision to turn down efforts to prevent President Joe Biden’s win on January 6th. Asked on November 1, 2021 Event at the University of Iowa about who convinced him to refute Trump’s plan, Pence replied with “James Madison”.

Aides to Pence did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Thompson told POLITICO last week that the panel has not yet had direct contact with representatives from Pence or Trump about setting up interviews. Thompson noted, however, that the two men’s advisors had already testified.

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