Wed. Jan 19th, 2022

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Vice President Chief of Staff Mike Pence is cooperating with the House panel investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Marc Short was at the Capitol on January 6, accompanying Pence as he fled his post as Senate President and hid from troublemakers calling for his arrest. Short is collaborating with the panel after receiving a subpoena, according to the person who was given anonymity to discuss the private interactions.

Former President Donald Trump openly criticized his vice president, even as rebels broke into the building because Pence had said he would not unilaterally try to reject the election count when Congress confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory. Pence did not have the legal power to do so, but Trump pressured him anyway.

As Pence’s chief aide, Short was also present at several White House meetings prior to the uprising. At one point, Trump Short of the White House banned land because he protested the pressure on Pence to reject the legitimate election results.

CNN first reported Shorts’ collaboration and subpoena.

Some people close to Pence were furious at the way Trump tried to scapegoat the former vice president on January 6 and became even more outraged after Pence, his closest aides and his family were put in physical danger by the troublemakers.

Alyssa Farah, who served as Pence’s press secretary before taking on other roles and leaving her White House job before Jan. 6, met voluntarily with Republicans on the House of Representatives committee and provided information.

In a series of tweets, as the uprising unfolded, Farah called on Trump to condemn the riots as they took place and urge his supporters to resign. “Condemn this now, @realDonaldTrump,” she tweeted. “You are the only one they will listen to. For our country!”

The panel in November summoned Keith Kellogg, Pence’s national security adviser, and wrote in the lawsuit that he was with Trump when the attack unfolded and possibly “has direct information about the former president’s statements and reactions to the Capitol uprising.” The committee wrote that according to several reports, Kellogg encouraged Trump to send out a tweet with the intent of helping control the crowd.

The panel on January 6 has spoken to more than 250 witnesses, most of them voluntarily, committee leaders said last week, and plans a series of open hearings next year to publish many of their findings.

The committee has deployed a wide range of people, from Trump’s own aides to the organizers of his massive demonstration that morning to allies outside the White House who laid out strategies for overthrowing Biden’s legitimate victory.

The panel has also interviewed election officials in crucial swing states such as Georgia, Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania, who were pressured by the former president and his allies when he made false allegations of election fraud.

Trump has mocked the committee’s work and went on to make allegations of fraud, which have been widely denied by courts and election experts.

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By Victor

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