Mike Pence Refuses To Testify Before Jan 6 Committee
(TheRedWire.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appointed a partisan group of lawmakers in July 2021 to investigate the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. During the event, Vice President Mike Pence was in the Capitol Building fulfilling his Constitutional duty to preside over Congress as it counted and certified the Electoral College vote that ultimately swung to Joe Biden. On Sunday, November 13, Pence told CBS News host Margaret Brennan he would refuse to testify before the committee.
The former vice president reminded viewers that he served for 12 years in Congress, noting it was “inconceivable” that the party in power would appoint every committee member. Pence added the January 6 Select Committee was “antithetical” to the purpose of the system. Still, he noted he had never prevented the senior members of his team from testifying.
BREAKING: Former Vice President Mike Pence tells CBS News that he's "closing the door" on testifying before the Jan. 6 committee. “Congress has no right to my testimony,” he tells @margbrennan. pic.twitter.com/E5IVtwrscY
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 16, 2022
Yet, Pence said the partisan panel had “no right” to his testimony. He argued it would violate the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches and demanding a vice president to talk about White House discussions and debates would set a bad precedent. So, he’s closing the door permanently on any testimony.
Additionally, the former second in command of the executive branch said the panel, comprised of six Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, was a disappointing display of partisanship. Pence stated the committee had an opportunity to rise above politics, but Pelosi’s appointments constituted a missed opportunity.
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