MANCHESTER, NH – Former Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t seem to be doing himself any favors in the realm of garnering support from the Republican base, as he recently stated during an event in New Hampshire that he’d be open to testifying in the January 6 committee hearings.
Pence made the comments on August 17th while speaking at the Politics & Eggs breakfast of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, which is reportedly a spot oft frequented by individuals eyeing down a run for the presidency.
One of the event coordinators asked Pence while prefacing the question was related to the House select committee investigating the January 6 incident at the Capitol, “If they were to call you to come in to testify, would you be agreeable?”
Pence responded with, “If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it, but you heard me mention the Constitution a few times this morning. Now in the Constitution, we have three co-equal branches of government, and any invitation that would be directed to me, I’d have to reflect on the unique role I served as vice president. It would be unprecedented in history for a vice president to be summoned to testify on Capitol Hill.”
Apparently, there have been talks with Pence about testifying before the House select committee, according to past comments from Chairman Bennie Thompson, but nothing has been set in stone as to whether this would come to fruition.
In other comments made by Pence during the August 17th event, he also took aim at those within the Republican party who are calling out the FBI’s corruption, telling the crowd, “These attacks on the FBI must stop. Calls to defund the FBI are just as wrong as calls to defund the police.”
Of course, much of the recent ire directed toward the FBI stemmed from the highly controversial raid conducted at Mar-a-Lago earlier in August, an issue that has not resonated well with elected officials as well as Republican voters.
Despite claiming that verbal attacks on the FBI should cease on August 17th, Pence was singing a slightly different tune on August 9th – one day after the Mar-a-Lago raid – putting out a trio of posts on Twitter claiming how the FBI’s actions “undermines public confidence in our system of justice.”
“I share the deep concern of millions of Americans over the unprecedented search of the personal residence of President Trump. No former President of the United States has ever been subject to a raid of their personal residence in American history.
“After years where FBI agents were found to be acting on political motivation during our administration, the appearance of continued partisanship by the Justice Department must be addressed. Yesterday’s action undermines public confidence in our system of justice, and Attorney General Garland must give a full accounting to the American people as to why this action was taken, and he must do so immediately.”
Pence has been causing a stir for quite some time with various comments and positions that simply don’t adhere to what Republican voters are seeking from elected officials, such as his take that states shouldn’t be getting involved in protecting their borders that run along Mexico.