Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) says the House Jan. 6 committee is exploring the possibility that former Vice President Mike Pence will testify before the probe.
During an interview, ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl questioned Cheney about whether the House committee she co-chairs will invite the former vice president to testify.
“One of the key figures here is Mike Pence,” Karl said. “He said this week he is willing to testify if you ask. Are you going to ask him?”
Cheney responded that the committee was currently “in discussions” with Pence’s legal counsel.
“Look, he played a critical role on Jan. 6,” the outgoing congresswoman continued. “If he had succumbed to the pressure that Donald Trump was putting on him, we would have had a much worse constitutional crisis. And I think that he has clearly, as he’s expressed, concerns about executive privilege, which, you know, I have tremendous respect.”
“I believe in executive privilege,” Cheney added. “I think it matters. But I also think that 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.”
When Karl asked Cheney whether she expected Pence to testify or not, she responded, “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.”
Earlier this week, Pence told attendees of the New England Council and Saint Anselm College’s “Politics and Eggs” event that he would “consider” testifying before the Jan. 6 committee if they were to invite him.
“I would have to reflect on the unique role that I was serving as vice president,” Pence said. “It would be unprecedented in history for the vice president to be summoned to testify on Capitol Hill. But, as I said, I don’t want to prejudge ever any formal invitation rendered to us.”
Two of Pence’s top aides, Marc Short and Greg Jacob, have already testified before a Washington D.C. grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s actions after the 2020 election.
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