Former Vice President Mike Pence could be subpoenaed to appear before the Capitol Assault Inquiry Committee, one of its members, Democrat-elect Adam Schiff, said Sunday ahead of new public hearings scheduled for next week.
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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 currently excluding anything or anyone,” he added, specifying that we cannot “disclose what private conversations (assisted) about specific individuals are occurring or not occurring.”
The elected officials who make up this commission — 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 actions before, during and after the event.
According to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday, nearly 6 in 10 Americans (58%) think Donald Trump should be prosecuted for his role in the January 6 attack. 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.
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 because he resisted all the pressure campaigns,” said Jamie Raskin, House Democrat-elect and 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.