Former Vice President Mike Pence.
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Former Vice President Mike Pence said he ‘would consider’ testifying for the Jan. 6 committee.
NBC reporter Peter Nicholas asked Pence at a Politics & Eggs breakfast on Tuesday if he is willing.
The Jan. 6 committee has announced it will host more hearings after the congressional recess.
Former Vice President Mike Pence said he would be open to testifying before the House select committee Investigating the January 6 Capitol siege, according to NBC.
“If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it,” Pence told NBC News’s Nicholas at Politics & Eggs breakfast in Manchester, New Hampshire.
—Peter Nicholas (@Petereporter) August 17, 2022
Pence has had a starring role in many of the committee’s previous hearings discussing not only his refusal to overturn the 2020 election at the demands of former President Donald Trump but also for threats made to his life during the Capitol riot itself.
During a last-minute surprise hearing, key witness Cassidy Hutchinson, who served as a close aide to former chief of staff Mark Meadows, revealed that Trump defended the attackers for chanting “hang Mike Pence” because “Mike deserves it.” Trump also once called Pence a “pussy,” for continuing to certify Joe Biden’s electoral win, according to Ivanka Trump during her testimony.
While Trump supporters were invading the Capitol, the former vice president was just 40 feet away from coming face-to-face with people threatening his life. He was in the Senate presiding over the certification of the 2020 election results when he was rushed to a secure location.
In another hearing, a former White House security official told the committee Pence’s security detail made “very personal calls over the radio” saying “goodbye” to their loved ones on the day of the riot because they “thought this was about to get very ugly.”
GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a member of the committee, told the Wall Street Journal earlier last month the panel was considering seeking testimony from both Pence and Trump. Kinzinger said committee members were weighing whether they should subpoena Pence or request written testimony, according to the WSJ.
The bipartisan panel has hosted eight public hearings so far and announced it intends to host more after the congressional recess.