Former Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech on Wednesday that Joe Biden’s White House is politicizing the FBI to promote the administration’s political agenda. He went on to defend the “rank-and-file law enforcement personnel” at the bureau.
Pence’s comments came at the “Politics & Eggs” event at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.
Pence declared that the Republican Party is the “party of law and order.” He said that “attacks on the FBI must stop,” and added that “calls to defund the FBI are just as wrong as calls to defund the police.”
The former vice president also said that he would consider testifying before Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-selected January 6 Committee that is doing everything it can to prevent President Donald Trump from making another run at the White House in 2024.
He said that it would be unprecedented for a vice president to be called to testify before Congress, but he “does not want to prejudge.” He said that if he is given a “formal invitation” to testify before the committee, he would “give it due consideration.”
Two of Pence’s former aides have already testified before Pelosi’s committee. Lawyer Greg Jacob told the committee that Pence did not want the world to see the vice president fleeing the Capitol Building.
Observers believe that the committee would likely ask Pence about whether Trump pressured him to “overturn the election.” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who was soundly defeated in this week’s Wyoming GOP primary, has publicly accused Trump of pressing Pence into “illegal and unconstitutional actions.”
Tucker Carlson Joins @IngrahamAngle To React To Mike Pence Whining About People Criticizing The FBI
Tucker: "He should fire anyone who is telling him to go to New Hampshire and run for President and give dumb speeches about the FBI when he has no idea what he is talking about." pic.twitter.com/p2MxdGUMzu
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) August 18, 2022
Tucker Carlson appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday night and rebuked Pence for his criticism of Republicans who are demanding actual reform of federal law enforcement, given recent abuses including the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago.
Carlson said that he thinks Pence is a “nice guy,” but noted that he “spent four years getting bossed around by Donald Trump like a concubine.”
Carlson asked host Laura Ingraham, “What is Mike Pence doing in New Hampshire?” He added that if Pence is in the key presidential primary state considering a 2024 White House run, “he’s delusional.”
Ingraham asked Carlson if conservatives should be seeking reform of federal law enforcement and he responded by saying “you can’t have a democracy if federal agencies are openly interfering in elections.”