- Former Vice President Mike Pence said he would not testify for the January 6 committee.
- Pence spoke out against Trump’s actions during the riot but called the committee “partisan”.
- The committee rejected his comments and noted that the House GOP rejected a bipartisan committee.
The committee on Jan. 6 spoke out against former Vice President Mike Pence’s recent comments about his decision not to give testimony.
“The Select Committee has proceeded respectfully and responsibly in our engagement with Vice President Pence, so it is disappointing that he is misrepresenting the nature of our investigation as he gives interviews to promote his new book,” Representatives Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney, the committee chair and vice chair, he said in a joint statement Wednesday.
Pence, who has given a series of interviews to promote his memoir, said CBS News Wednesday was “closing the door” on testimony.
“From the moment January 6 was formed, and every member was nominated by the Democratic House Speaker, I was concerned,” he said, adding, “It is inconceivable to me for a party to nominate every member of a committee in Congress. “
“The partisan nature of the January 6 committee was a disappointment to me,” he continued.
Thompson and Cheney dismissed his characterization of the committee’s work as “partisan,” noting that more than 50 Republican witnesses were questioned. They also noted that all committee members supported a bipartisan committee, but that GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy blocked it after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of his picks and asked him to nominate some. other.
“The select committee has consistently praised the former vice president’s refusal to bow to pressure from former President Trump to illegally refuse to count electoral votes on January 6,” the committee statement said. “But his recent statements about the select committee are not accurate.”
The former vice president went on to condemn the Jan. 6 attack on a CNN town hall Wednesday night, saying it was “the toughest day” of his professional life.
“It saddens me,” Pence said of the rioters who chanted “Hang Mike Pence” in the Capitol halls on Jan. 6. “But that day he made me angry.”
During Wednesday night’s appearance, Pence dodged questions about whether or not he would run for president in 2024, but told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he believed the Republican Party would ultimately have “better options” than the his former boss, who announced his 2024 campaign on Tuesday night.
Pence cited Trump’s return to old rhetoric surrounding the 2020 election and the January 6 siege as the reason the two ultimately “went their separate ways.”
“I still pray for the president and for the grace to forgive him and everyone responsible for that tragic day,” he said.