Could Greg Pence be called to testify by Jan. 6 committee?
WASHINGTON (AP) - Thursday marks one year since a violent mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in their bid to thwart the election. Some insurrectionists called for the capture of lawmakers. A gallows was erected outside the building.
Congressman Greg Pence (R, Ind.) watched the Jan. 6 insurrection unfold from an extraordinary perch. He was with his brother, Vice President Mike Pence, who was set to preside over a joint session of Congress where the outcome of the 2020 presidential election would be certified.
The two were whisked from the Senate minutes before rioters stormed the chamber. They spent the next several hours in a secured room, while the vice president pleaded for help clearing the Capitol.
That vantage point makes Greg Pence a tantalizing prospective witness for the House committee investigating the origins of the attack. A spokesperson for the Republican congressman did not respond to a request for comment.
The committee investigating the insurrection has requested an interview and information from Fox News host Sean Hannity. The television personality is the first member of the media the panel has asked to speak with.
The committee has requested Hannity voluntarily answer questions regarding communications between him and former President Donald Trump, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and others in Trump’s orbit in the days surrounding the insurrection. Jay Sekulow, Hannity’s lawyer, told The Associated Press they are reviewing the committee’s letter and “will respond as appropriate.”
Late Tuesday, Donald Trump canceled a press conference he had planned to hold in Florida on the anniversary of the insurrection. Trump said in a statement Tuesday evening that he would instead be discussing his grievances at a rally he has planned in Arizona later this month. Trump had been expected to use the press conference to rail against the congressional committee investigating the events of Jan. 6. He was also expected to repeat his lies about the 2020 election.
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