Former Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday he would consider testifying before the House Jan. 6 committee if asked, in some of his most direct and extensive remarks on the subject.
“If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it,” Pence said in remarks at a New Hampshire event that were broadcast on NBC News.
The former vice president expressed constitutional concerns about testifying before the committee, noting that it would be “unprecedented in history” for a vice president to be called to testify before Congress.
“Any invitation directed at me, I’d have to reflect on the unique role I was serving in as vice president,” Pence said.
It wouldn’t be the first time a president or vice president had tested before a congressional committee. At least six presidents and one vice president – Schuyler Colfax, vice president to President Ulysses S. Grant – tested before congressional committees, according to the US Senate’s website.
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The former vice president’s role on Jan. 6, 2021, when the Capitol was under siege by supporters of former President Donald Trump hoping to halt the certification of President Joe Biden’s win, has become central to the Jan. 6 committee’s investigation of the day’s events.
The committee presented evidence that Trump initiated a pressure campaign against Pence, hoping to convince him to help overturn the 2020 election by rejecting states’ official electors. Pence did not give in, certifying Biden’s win.
The New Hampshire event, called “Politics & Eggs,” describes itself as a “‘must-stop’ on the presidential campaign trail.” Pence, who visited Iowa in April under the shadow of his high profile break from the former president, is flirting with a 2024 presidential run, the Des Moines Register reported.
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