On Wednesday, Former Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that he would “consider” testifying before the House January 6 Committee, just hours after Jan 6 Committee vice chair Rep Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) lost her primary in Wyoming after voting to impeach Trump.
At a “Politics & Eggs” event in New Hampshire, Pence made an appearance and spoke about the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago. Pence defended the FBI and admonished fellow Republicans who have criticized law enforcement in the wake of the unprecedented FBI actions.
“Our party stands with the men and women who stand on the thin blue line at the federal and state and local level, and these attacks on the FBI must stop,” said Pence.
“Calls to defund the FBI are just as wrong as calls to defund the police,” he added.
Pence was also asked about appearing before the Jan 6 Committee and, if called upon, if he’d be “agreeable.” He responded, “If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it.”
“But you’ve heard me mention the Constitution a few times this morning. In the Constitution, there are 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,” added Pence.
“Any formal invitation rendered to us, we’d give it due consideration. But my first obligation is to continue to uphold my oath, continue to uphold this framework of government enshrined in the Constitution, this created the greatest nation in the history of the world.”
Pence, perhaps learning from Cheney’s mistakes, said as little about President Trump as possible in his response.
In the past, Pence has accused the Democrats of using the Jan 6 panel to “distract attention from their failed agenda.”