News Politics: Mike Pence, the former vice president whom pro-Donald Trump protesters demanded be hanged on that dreadful day, is under increasing pressure to testify before the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 uprising. Pence would immediately take the lead as the case’s most prominent witness and might reveal the former president’s plan to rig the 2020 election as well as his incompetence in failing to stop the mob after it had gained access to the US Capitol.
A source with knowledge of Pence’s thinking told CNN last week that for those reasons it would be wrong to over-interpret the prospects of him testifying, adding that the former vice president also believes much of the information related to his experience that day has already been provided to the committee by two of his former top aides.
When he seemed to leave the door open to testifying last week, the prospect of his testimony came into sharper perspective. However, the former vice president also staked out exceptions including executive privilege and the separation of powers that could serve as an explanation for his decision to stay away from the event.
After all, the great lesson of this year’s midterm election primary season is that candidates who challenge Trump over his post-election mayhem in 2020 usually lose, although one prominent exception has been in Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp, who had Pence’s support, prevailed in his primary over a Trump-backed challenger.
The committee’s Republican vice chair, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, fresh from her loss to a Trump-backed primary challenger last week, also talked up the possibility of Pence potentially appearing before the panel.
“When the country has been through something as grave as this was, everyone who has information has an obligation to step forward. So I would hope that he will do that,” Cheney told ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday. “I would hope that he will understand how important it is for the American people to know every aspect of the truth about what happened that day.”