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Pence says he would 'consider' testifying to Jan. 6 committee

Pence acknowledges Congress calling a former vice president to testify would be "unprecedented"

Published: August 17, 2022 10:35am

Updated: August 17, 2022 11:54am

Former Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday he would "consider" testifying to the House Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol riot.

Pence, who has publicly disagreed numerous times with former President Trump over the 2020 election results, said during a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast at Saint Anselm College, in New Hampshire, that he would think about testifying.

"If there was an invitation to participate, I’d consider it," Pence said. "But you've heard me mention the Constitution a few times this morning. ... We have three co-equal branches of government, and any invitation that would be directed to me, I would have to reflect on that."

Pence acknowledged that it would be "unprecedented" for Congress to call a vice president to testify.

"But as I said, I don't want to prejudge. If ever any formal invitation (is) rendered to us, we’d give it due consideration," he stated.

The former vice president has cited the Constitution before when previously defending his decision about not overturning the 2020 election results on Jan. 6, despite pressure from some Republicans. 

"I know in my heart of hearts that on that day, we did our duty, under the Constitution," Pence told reporter David Brody in December. "I don't know if President Trump and I will ever see eye to eye on that day – or that many of our most ardent supporters will agree with my decision that day – but I know I did the right thing."

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