As Mike Pence weighs a 2024 presidential bid, he has been making political speeches in several battleground states to win the nomination.
Washington— Former US Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that he would give “due consideration” to testifying before the congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riots on Capitol Hill, where some protesters demanded that Pence be hanged for refusing to then-President Donald Trump’s demand to reverse his re-election loss.
Pence was in the early stages of overseeing congressional certification of the state-by-state Electoral College vote showing that Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris had defeated Trump and Pence in the November 2020 election when some 2,000 Trump supporters they stormed the Capitol and blocked proceedings for hours.
Some yelled, “Hang Mike Pence!” and a gallows was erected on the National Mall in front of the Capitol.
As Pence weighs a 2024 presidential bid, he has been making political speeches in several battleground states to win the nomination. On Wednesday, he told a meeting in the northeastern state of New Hampshire that if the House committee makes a “formal invitation” for him to appear, “I would consider it.”
The panel, which will resume hearings in September after a summer recess, has already heard testimony from two of Pence’s key aides: his chief of staff, Marc Short, and his attorney, Greg Jacob, who testified that Trump pressured the vice president to send election results to legislatures in states Trump narrowly lost so that pro-Trump electors can replace officials promised to Biden.