January 6 Commission | Mike Pence could be subpoenaed

(Washington) Former Vice President Mike Pence could be summoned before the commission of inquiry into the attack on the Capitol, one of its members, Democrat-elect Adam Schiff, said Sunday ahead of new public hearings scheduled for next week.

Posted at 12:53pm
Updated at 1:42 p.m

On Thursday, during a third live televised hearing, that parliamentary committee had laid out the numerous pressures former President Donald Trump was putting on his Vice President to prevent him from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the January 6 presidential election, 2021

“There are still a few key people that we haven’t interviewed that we’d like to interview,” Adam Schiff told CNN on Sunday. Asked about the possibility of a subpoena from Mike Pence, he said, “It’s definitely a possibility.”

“We are not excluding anything or anyone at this time,” he added, specifying that we “cannot reveal which private conversations [étaie]regardless of whether they take place in relation to specific persons or not”.

The commission’s elected officials – seven Democrats and two Republicans – have already heard more than 1,000 witnesses, including two of the former president’s children, to shed light on Donald Trump’s specific actions and gestures before, during and after the event.

Nearly six in 10 Americans (58%) think Donald Trump should be prosecuted for his role in the Jan. 6 attack, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday. That number is higher than the 52% of Americans who said so in April before the Commission of Inquiry hearings began.

But only 9% of Americans say they follow these hearings closely, according to the same poll.

“Life in Danger”

The next public hearings of this commission are to take place on Tuesday and Thursday at noon. On Tuesday, this fourth session will focus on the pressure exerted on local elected officials during the vote count in certain states, particularly Georgia.

In a phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Donald Trump asked him to “find” enough ballots in his favor to overturn the election result.

On January 6, the procedure for confirming the results of the presidential elections before Congress should in principle be a mere formality. But President Trump had tried to force Mike Pence’s hand to block the process.

Photo ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS, archive Agence France-Presse

The attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021

Mr Pence had eventually released a letter claiming he did not have the powers. At the same time, pro-Trump protesters began to crowd around Congress – images that went around the world.

“He was a hero that day who withstood all the pressure campaigns,” said House Democrat-elect Jamie Raskin, a member of the commission of inquiry, on NBC on Sunday.

These burdens “endangered his life”, also estimated Adam Schiff.

In the crowd that stormed into Congress, supporters of Donald Trump called for “hanging Mike Pence.”

After long months of silence, the former Vice President publicly evoked the horror of January 6 in a speech in Florida in mid-February.

“President Trump said I had the right to reverse the election, but President Trump is wrong,” he said, reiterating his definitive break with the former businessman.

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