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Adam Schiff says January 6 select committee could ‘certainly’ subpoena Mike Pence and fellow panel-member Jamie Raskin called former VP a ‘hero’
- January 6 committee member Adam Schiff said that it is ‘certainly a possibility’ that the panel subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence for hist testimony
- Rep. Jamie Raskin, also a member of the panel, said on Sunday that Pence was a ‘hero’ for not caving to the pressure of Trump and his allies
- Committee made the case during the hearing Thursday there was an intense pressure campaign on Pence to not accept the 2020 election outcome
- Pence did not cave to those pressures and moved forward on January 6, 2021 with certifying the Electoral College results
- The former VP has not testified for the panel, but many of his former aides and allies have, including ex-Chief of Staff Marc Short and his counsel Greg Jacob
The January 6 select committee is considering subpoenaing ‘hero’ Mike Pence for his testimony after presenting the case on Thursday that there was an immense Trump-world pressure campaign on him to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College results.
‘We’re not taking anything off the table in terms of witnesses who have not yet testified,’ panel member Adam Schiff told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday.
‘We would still, I think, like to have several high-profile people come before our committee,’ Schiff continued when asked about former Vice President Pence testifying. ‘But, 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.’
When further pressed by CNN host Dana Bash, the California Democrat said it’s ‘certainly a possibility’ that the committee may subpoena Pence to appear before investigators.
‘We’re not excluding anyone or anything at this point,’ he added.
January 6 committee member Adam Schiff said that it is ‘certainly a possibility’ that the panel subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence for hist testimony
The select committee made the case during the televised hearing on Thursday (pictured) that there was an intense pressure campaign on Pence to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 election results
Rep. Jamie Raskin, also a member of the panel, said on Sunday that Pence was a ‘hero’ for not caving to the pressure of Trump and his allies
Much of Pence’s former team has already testified regarding the events leading up to and transpiring on and after January 6, 2021. Some have appeared in videotaped questioning by investigators, while others have gone live before the panel this month in televised public hearings.
Testimony included that of Pence’s administration-era chief of staff Marc Short as well as his former top counsel Greg Jacob.
The House select committee’s third day of hearings on Thursday was focused on exhibiting the intense pressure campaign on Pence by Trump and his allies to go against the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and stop Congress from certifying the results on January 6, 2021.
Pence, with advice from his team saying it was not constitutional to reject the Electoral College votes, did not stop Congress that day and moved forward with certifying the results for Joe Biden’s victory.
This resulted in Trump calling Pence a traitor and his supporters descending on the Capitol in the middle of the process last year to delay the count.
Schiff’s fellow panel member Jamie Raskin told NBC News’ Meet the Press on Sunday that Pence was a ‘hero’ for ignoring Trump’s push.
‘Is Mike Pence a hero?’ NBC host Chuck Todd questioned Raskin.
‘In a time of absolutely scandalous betrayal of peoples’ oaths of office and crimes being committed all over the place – somebody who does their job, and sticks to the law, will stand out as a hero on that day,’ Raskin replied.
Pence is pictured on January 6, 2021 at the Capitol with his wife Karen on January 6, 2021 – it was released by the select committee on Thursday, June 16, 2022
On the day of the Capitol rioters, Trump supporters called for Pence to be hung after he refused to cave to pressures to not certify the election results
The Maryland Democratic congressman added: ‘I think on that day he was a hero for resisting all of the pressure campaigns and the coercive efforts to get him to play along with the continuation of the Big Lie – this big joke that he could somehow call off all the proceedings himself.’
It is not immediately clear what Pence’s next steps are, but some suggest he could make a run for the White House himself in 2024.
The January 6 panel will hold its fourth hearing of eight on Tuesday and another on Thursday as the committee scrambles to conclude proceedings and move forward with recommendations before the 2022 midterms, which are likely to result in the House flipping red and the dissolution of the group.