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Former Vice President Mike Pence may be subpoenaed by the House of Representatives panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 breach of the U. S. Capitol, a member of the panel said over the weekend.
“[Mike Pence is] certainly a possibility. We’re not excluding anyone or anything at this point,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who serves on the Democrat-dominated committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
“We’re not taking anything off the table in terms of witnesses who have not yet testified. We would still, I think, like to have several high-profile people come before our committee,” Schiff said.
He added: “At the moment, I can’t disclose what private conversations may or may not be going on with respect to certain individuals. But there are still key people we have not interviewed that we would like to.”
Pence’s organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pence drew anger from then-President Donald Trump and his supporters in 2021 when he refused to get behind a Trump-backed scheme to pause the certification of electoral slates in several contested battleground states.
The key issue presented during the third day of hearings revolved around the efforts of Trump and some of his allies to have Pence stop the certification of electoral votes until claims of widespread election fraud had been adjudicated.
Under the text of the 12th Amendment, Trump allies argued, Pence was legally granted the power to hold off the certification of electoral votes; others in and around the White House, however, rejected this claim.
In the end, Pence sided with those rejecting Trump’s claim—a decision he explained in a February interview with The Federalist Society.
“I heard this week that President Trump said I had the right to overturn the election. President Trump is wrong,” Pence said in February.
“There are those in our party who believe that as the presiding officer over the joint session of Congress that I possess unilateral authority to reject Electoral College votes.”
“I had no right to change the outcome of our election,” Pence said, rejecting the claim. “Kamala Harris will have no right to overturn t... (Read more)