Pence’s refusal to agree to ignite the pro-Trump mob that had swarmed across the Capitol that afternoon caused some of them to sing “Hang Mike Pence” as they broke the building and sent Pence on the run to safety.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told NPR earlier in the day that the request to Pence would probably come in January.
“I think you can expect that before the month is out,” Thompson said.
A committee assistant confirmed Thompson’s remarks, saying “the chairman’s comments indicate that the select committee is considering issuing an invitation to the former vice president sometime this month.”
A senior committee official added that the request would eventually be timed when it fits into the broader timeline of the inquiry.
“The Committee takes a responsible and prudent approach to these matters and will address these issues in an appropriate manner and at an appropriate time,” the official said.
Several members of Pence’s inner circle have already cooperated with the select committee on January 6, including former chief of staff Marc Short, former communications adviser Alyssa Farah and former national security adviser Keith Kellogg, though it is unclear whether Pence himself would comply if he was called to testify. .
Pence has stood by his decision to reject efforts to prevent President Joe Biden’s victory on January 6. Asked during a November 1, 2021 event at the University of Iowa about who had convinced him to reject Trump’s plan, Pence replied “James Madison.”
Pence’s aides did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Thompson told POLITICO last week that the panel did not yet have direct contact with representatives of Pence or Trump to arrange interviews. But Thompson noted that both men’s advisers had already testified.
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