As members of House committee probing the events of Jan. 6, 2021 continue to belabor their preferred narrative in formal hearings, word has come from a source close to former Vice President Mike Pence that he is unlikely to appear before the panel to testify, as the Washington Examiner reports.
According to former top vice presidential aide Marc Short, Pence is not deliberating too heavily on the question of whether to testify before the committee, largely because his focused is trained on the future – especially the November midterm elections – and because doing so would set a “terrible precedent.”
Speaking to Margaret Brennan of CBS, Short suggested that in terms of the events of that fateful day in D.C., “we all lived it. And I don’t think [Pence] is waiting with bated breath and watching these hearings to the same extent that perhaps some inside the beltway are.”
Short and other former Pence staffers have provided their recollections of what occurred during the lead-up to the certification of the 2020 election results, and in his estimation, testimony from Pence would establish a precedent that many would come to regret.
“I think conversations between the president and the vice president, that there is a separation of powers that should be respected. And let’s keep in mind that there is currently a former vice president who occupies the Oval Office. Do you want Congress being able to drag up former vice presidents for certain subpoenas or for certain testimony?” Short asked.
Recalling the strife and controversy that surrounded the election certification and former President Donald Trump’s concerns about the integrity of the results, Short said, “I believe the president was very poorly served by the team he had around him. And I think that they fed him many conspiracy theories about the events that conspired on election day and the following days.”
The issue of whether Pence will even be called before the Jan. 6 panel remains unclear, with The Hill reporting on Sunday that committee member Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) declined to answer directly when Brennan asked whether such testimony would be forthcoming.
“I’m not going to get into conversations about future interviews or witnesses. But what I can tell you is that the committee has said from the very beginning, more information is good, and we’re always going to be willing to take in more information about what happened on Jan. 6,” Aguilar declared.
The “will he, or won’t he” drama surrounding Pence’s potential testimony, however, is largely irrelevant to most of the American electorate anyhow, and as Joe Concha of The Hill noted, “[a]udiences have largely tuned out the Jan 6. hearings…[a]nd it’s hard to see a scenario under which anyone is talking about it come July 6 let alone Nov. 8,” and given skyrocketing inflation, high gas prices, and a host of other dilemmas facing everyday voters, that should come as no surprise.