Former Vice President Mike Pence told a New England gathering Wednesday morning that he would consider “an invitation to participate” in the Jan. 6 select committee investigation. The potential 2024 presidential candidate all but sent himself an invitation.
Speaking to a “Politics and Eggs” breakfast at New Hampshire’s Saint Anselm College, Pence said he would give the invitation “due consideration.”
He said he would have to reflect on the unique role he held as vice president on Jan. 6. Pence had said several times that he felt former President Donald Trump was wrong in thinking he had the power to overturn the 2020 Electoral College decision.
Two of his top aides, Marc Short and Greg Jacob, have already spoken to the select committee and testified that Trump urged his second-in-command to reverse the decision.
Close advisers have also spoken at length with investigators about the events of the day, including communications between Trump and Pence.
Members of the committee have previously stated that they are considering whether to compel Pence to answer questions before the panel.
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The former vice president told the New Hampshire gathering that it “would be unprecedented” for a vice president to be forced to testify on Capitol Hill.
Pence has a memoir scheduled to be released just after the November midterms. Perhaps he had that in mind with his Wednesday remarks, since he largely has been silent concerning the select committee’s investigation.
Contacted by several media outlets after the former vice president’s remarks on Wednesday, the Jan. 6 committee declined comment.
It is well known that chants of “Hang Mike Pence” were heard when upset demonstrators stormed the Capitol.
New Hampshire, of course, is the nation’s first primary state and a required stopover for anyone with serious presidential ambitions. Pence is well-known as a conservative, but he has noticeably tried to distance himself from his former boss in recent months.
Perhaps this is something the American people need to get used to. Pence was forthcoming in his morning remarks and said that voters “have a right to know what happened.” He also promised that in months and years ahead, he will be telling his story “more frequently.”