Former Vice President Mike Pence is expected to testify before the special House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, siege of the U.S. Capitol, a panel member said Sunday.
The ex-veep — whom former President Donald Trump publicly lambasted the day of the riot — could shed light on what happened behind the scenes, said Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat.
“Pence was the target of Donald Trump’s wrath and fury and effort to overthrow the election on Jan. 6,” Raskin said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“The whole idea was to get Pence to step outside his constitutional role, and then to declare unilateral lawless powers to reject Electoral College votes from the states.
“So I think he has a lot of relevant evidence, and I would hope he would come forward and testify about what happened.”
After losing the 2020 election to President Biden, Trump pursued numerous strategies to act on his false claims that victory had been stolen from him. He pressured Pence to throw out electoral votes when Congress met to certify the election results.
The third public hearing of the Jan. 6 committee detailed those efforts and featured video testimony from Pence’s top White House lawyer, Greg Jacob.
“No vice president had ever tried to reject Electoral College votes, and Mike Pence and his team ultimately said it was ridiculous,” Raskin noted Sunday.
He added that he expects Pence to come forward voluntarily.
“In no one’s case is a subpoena out of the question, but I would assume he’s going to come forward and testify voluntarily, the way the vast majority of people have,” said Raskin.
In eight public hearings to date, the Jan. 6 committee has detailed Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, culminating in his incitement of his followers to break into the Capitol and wreak havoc. The panel has shown Trump knew his claims were false, schemed to appoint fake electors and tried to manipulate the Justice Department into keeping him in power, among other revelations.
The trove of documents obtained by the committee includes texts to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in which Ginni Thomas urged him to fight the election results.
“I would say she has a relevant testimony to render, and she should come forward and give it,” Raskin said of Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Last week, the special House panel called on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to testify.
A letter from Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson to Gingrich (R-Ga.) said the panel had obtained emails between Gingrich and Trump allies about ads that “repeated and relied upon false claims about fraud in the 2020 election.”
“We’d like to hear from Gingrich and we’d like to hear from [Thomas], too,” Raskin said.
Gingrich appeared to be enmeshed in Trump’s efforts to put forward fake electors, according to the letter by Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat.
“Information obtained by the Select Committee suggests that you provided detailed directives about the television advertisements that perpetuated false claims about fraud in the 2020 election, that you sought ways to expand the reach of this messaging, and that you were likely in direct conversations with President Trump about these efforts,” Thompson wrote to Gingrich.
With News Wire Services