Mike Pence’s legal team in talks with Jan 6 committee: report

FILE – Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Nov. 30, 2021. Pence said in a speech in Florida on Friday that the former president was simply “wrong” when he said that Pence had the right to “unilaterally overturn the election.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON (NewsNation) — Rep. Liz Cheney’s hope that former Vice President Mike Pence would testify before the House committee on Jan. 6 may, in fact, be rewarded.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News that aired on Sunday, the outgoing Republican U.S. Representative from Wyoming said the committee was in “discussions” with Pence’s legal counsel.

Pence recently told a New Hampshire audience that he would consider testifying before the Jan. 6 committee if asked.

NBC News video showed Pence saying that if there was an invitation to participate, he would “consider it”, while adding that he should “consider the unique role I had as vice president. “.

He noted that it would be unprecedented for a vice president to testify before Congress.

Pence has been a central figure for those discussing what led to the Jan. 6 insurgency and its fallout after he angered supporters of former President Donald Trump by certifying the results of the presidential election in 2020. Some members of the crowd of angry Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol that day did so while chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” Trump even called him a “coward” on Twitter, which Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va. said, put a “target” on the former vice president’s back.

Just hours after losing her re-election primary to Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman, Cheney said she was “considering” running for president.

“It’s a decision I’m going to make in the coming months, and I won’t be making any announcements here this morning. But it’s something I’m thinking about, and I’ll be making a decision in the coming months,” said Cheney on NBC’s “Today” show early Wednesday when she was pressed to consider running for the White House.

Cheney got less than 30% of the vote in Wyoming.

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