January 6, investigators near decisions on how to prosecute Mike Pence and GOP lawmakers

Thompson said the panel would meet this week to discuss procedural options for Republican lawmakers who oppose cooperating, including reps. Scott Perry (Penn.) And Jim Jordan (Ohio), who both refused volunteer interviews with the committee. Although Thompson has recently suggested that there may not be many options, a top leader in Parliament called for a muscular approach to holdouts.

“I will support forcing members to testify before the committee if they have relevant information to offer that is necessary,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).

Although “convincing” testimony could involve subpoenas, the House also has other weapons in its arsenal, ranging from fining members, to depriving them of committee duties, to seeking discipline from the ethics committee. So far, there is no indication that the committee is leaning towards a particular option.

The panel is also facing a crucial decision on whether to seek Pence’s participation in the investigation. Thompson confirmed that the committee has had initial discussions with Pence’s lawyer and has already said he would welcome Pence’s voluntary cooperation, but to demand it would be a different matter. In fact, Thompson suggested that the panel has had so much testimony from people in and around Pence’s circuit that his direct testimony may not be necessary.

“I think the committee will at some point make a decision on whether we already know enough about it or whether we need to hear from the former vice president about it,” Thompson told reporters Monday night.

Trump spent weeks pressuring Pence to single-handedly overthrow the 2020 election during the January 6 congressional joint session. Pence, as vice president, was constitutionally required to preside over the session and the counting of the votes of the Electoral College. Typically, the role of the vice president is ceremonial, but Trump embraced a legal fringe theory that claimed Pence had extensive power to reject Joe Biden’s voters and send the election back to the states.

Pence ultimately rejected this theory, and his decision inflamed the amount of troublemakers outside the Capitol. Some of them shouted “hang Mike Pence” as they searched the building.

Since then, relations between Trump and Pence have been strained, with the former vice president defending his decision that day to confirm the vote. Several of Pence’s former top aides have also come before the committee, including his former national security adviser Keith Kellogg and former chief of staff Marc Short.

Thompson said in an interview published last week with NPR that the panel expected to make a request as early as this month that Pence should appear before the panel, although committee officials have stressed that the decision is not final.

The committee is increasingly focused on illustrating a damning tale for Trump: that he whipped up a crowd, sent them marching to the Capitol and then sat on his hands while the riots unfolded on television and ignored urgent prayers from his aides, allies and even family. members to intervene. A federal judge said this week that the silence of those hours could signal, as a legal matter, that he “agreed” with what the troublemakers were doing, since a “sensible” person would have clarified his intent immediately once the violence had broken out.

Instead of calling for an end to the violence, Trump and his allies continued to pressure lawmakers to delay the certification of the election as long as possible. The trial was eventually stopped after Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell recalled the chambers to complete the certification of the election immediately after law enforcement dispersed the riot.

In separate comments to reporters on Monday, Thompson also responded to a POLITICO report that then-newly elected Vice President Kamala Harris was inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters on Jan. 6 when a pipe bomb was spotted outside by Capitol Police.

“Someone should [investigate] if they are not [already]he said Monday night. “Until I read the story, I did not realize she was in the building.”

Olivia Beavers contributed to this report.

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