Former Vice President Mike Pence recently made it clear that he will not agree to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol that left 5 people dead.
Appearing on “Face the Nation” recently, Pence was asked by Margaret Brennan about cooperating with the committee, to which he replied:
“I never stood in the way of senior members of my team cooperating with the committee and testifying. But Congress has no right to my testimony. We have a separation of powers under the Constitution of the United States. And I believe it would establish a terrible precedent for the Congress to summon a vice president of the United States to speak about deliberations that took place at the White House.”
Those seven words, according to former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, should disqualify Pence from ever holding public office again.
“Let’s be clear: By extension, Mike Pence is saying, ‘The American people have no right to my relevant testimony as Congress goes about trying to craft laws to keep this from ever happening again.'”
Kirschner added that Pence has “some of the most directly relevant evidence [as] to what happened.”
Now that Republicans have retaken control of the House of Representatives, it’s safe to predict that they will shut down the Jan. 6 committee. But their work can be transferred to the Senate, which will remain under Democratic control.