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Pence Would 'Consider' an Invite From Jan. 6 Committee

Though he said it would be 'unprecedented' for a VP to be summoned

(Newser) - Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke in New Hampshire on Wednesday, and comments he made on two topics are getting some attention.
  • On Mar-a-Lago FBI search: "We can hold the attorney general accountable for the decision he made without attacking the rank-and-file law enforcement personnel at the FBI,"
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Pence: I Agree With Trump on Issues, Not 'Focus'

Pair both have DC speeches on Tuesday

(Newser) - In a speech Tuesday in DC, Mike Pence told the Young America’s Foundation conference that “some people may choose to focus on the past, but elections are about the future.” It was a not-so-veiled reference to his former boss’s obsession over the 2020 election, per Axios,...

Marc Short Testifies Before Jan. 6 Grand Jury

He, Greg Jacob are highest-ranking administration officials to comply with DOJ

(Newser) - Two top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence have testified in front of a federal grand jury in Washington investigating Jan. 6, 2021. Marc Short, Pence's former chief of staff, and Greg Jacob, his former counsel, appeared before the grand jury last week, making them the highest-ranking officials...

Witness: Pence Security Team Called Family to Say Goodbye

Agents feared for their lives on Jan. 6, witness tells panel

(Newser) - Just how dicey did things get in regard to Mike Pence on Jan. 6, 2021? Members of the vice president's Secret Service security team "were starting to fear for their own lives," a witness whose identity was not revealed told the panel, per CNN . "There were...

Trump's White House Counsel: My Pleas Went Unheeded

Pat Cipollone says he pushed on Jan. 6 for the president to address rioters early

(Newser) - In making the case that then-President Trump ignored the pleas of top aides to intervene in the riot, the Jan. 6 panel played testimony from former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, notes the Hill .
  • “I think I was pretty clear there needed to be an immediate and forceful response,
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Ahead of Ariz. Primary, a Trump-Pence Split

They're each backing different Republican gubernatorial candidates in that state

(Newser) - Former Vice President Mike Pence is again butting heads with his former boss, this time in the Arizona gubernatorial race. With two weeks left until the Aug. 2 primary, Pence endorsed Republican Karrin Taylor Robson on Monday and is to campaign on her behalf on Friday, reports Politico . Former President...

Jan. 6 Panel: Mike Pence Subpoena Is Possible

Committee resumes its hearings on Tuesday

(Newser) - Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot say they may subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence and are waiting to formally hear from Virginia "Ginni" Thomas about her efforts to overturn the 2020 election. "We're not taking anything off the table in terms of witnesses...

Witnesses: Trump Called Pence a Wimp, 'P-Word'

Then-VP was 'steely, determined, grim' after 'heated' Jan. 6 call

(Newser) - Witnesses heard at Thursday's Jan. 6 hearing said they could only hear one side of a "heated" phone call between then-President Trump and then-vice president Mike Pence—but it was clear just how much relations between the men had deteriorated amid Trump's last-ditch effort to block President...

Focus Shifts to Pence as Jan. 6 Hearings Resume
'Our Democracy Came
... Close to Catastrophe'
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'Our Democracy Came ... Close to Catastrophe'

Jan. 6 chair Bennie Thompson praises Mike Pence's defiance of Trump

(Newser) - Day Three of the Jan. 6 hearings has put the focus squarely on Mike Pence. More specifically, on the pressure former President Trump placed on Pence to prevent the election results from being certified—and the vice president's refusal to do so. During the Capitol breach, rioters famously erected...

Pence's Legal Team Rebuffed Trump's Claims of Voter Fraud

According to Jan. 1, 2021, memo from former VP's legal team obtained by Politico

(Newser) - Relations have seemed, well, strained between former President Donald Trump and Mike Pence, who served as his vice president, ever since Pence refused to go along with Trump's plan to block the certification of the 2020 election results on Jan. 6, 2021. Now, perhaps some more context behind that...

Day Before Riot, Pence Aide Warned Secret Service

Chief of staff feared violent reaction to Trump's criticism over election certification

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff wasn't sure what was going to happen on Jan. 6, 2021. But he knew President Trump was about to publicly denounce Pence for not trying to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden's electoral victory in the presidential election, and he...

Pence Won't Rule Out Running in 2024, Even Against Trump
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2024 Plans, Trump

Mike Pence Talks 2024 Plans, Trump

Former VP says he could run for president—even against Trump

(Newser) - Asked by the New York Times in a recent interview whether he'd run for president in 2024 even if former President Trump decides to run, Mike Pence wouldn't rule it out. "We’ll go where we’re called," he said of himself and his wife, with...

Pence Enters Campaign on Wrong Side of Trump

Former vice president to appear in Georgia for Gov. Brian Kemp, while Trump backs David Perdue

(Newser) - Mike Pence is joining other national Republican figures supporting Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in his reelection campaign. But the name that stands out is a national Republican who opposes Kemp: former President Trump. In another indicator of the break between Trump and his former vice president, Kemp's campaign announced...

Report: DOD 'Vehemently' Objected to Passage in Esper Book

Pentagon didn't want ex-defense secretary to write about Trump wanting to fire missiles into Mexico

(Newser) - Update: The Defense Department vetted all relevant claims Mark Esper made in his upcoming memoir, but it apparently wasn't thrilled with some of them. In fact, sources tell CNN Business that Pentagon officials were "vehemently" against the former defense secretary writing about then-President Trump suggesting in 2020 that...

Trump: Pence Acted Like a 'Human Conveyor Belt'

Former president signals he wouldn't run with Pence on the ticket again

(Newser) - Former President Trump has made pretty clear that a Trump/Pence ticket isn't in the cards for 2024. In a Tuesday night phone interview with the Washington Examiner in which he also extensively discussed Vladimir Putin , Trump likened Pence to a "human conveyor belt" in presiding over the Jan....

Pence Made Small but Key Changes to Jan. 6 Script

He was the first VP since Gore to ask if there were any objections to results

(Newser) - On Jan. 6 last year, the vice president's largely ceremonial role in certifying the presidential election results became a potential turning point in American history. Then-President Trump was urging then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election results and block Joe Biden from becoming president. Pence, however, made it...

Trump Praises Kim, Suggests Prompting a China-Russia Fight

Former president addresses a series of issues to GOP donors

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump focused on foreign policy in a speech to major Republican donors Saturday night, drawing laughs with a suggestion for getting Russia and China to fight each other. But he took time to praise North Korea's dictator for his "total control" of the country and...

DeSantis Keeps His Head Down in Trump-Pence Dispute

Governor changes the subject when asked where he stands

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may yet break with former President Donald Trump, possibly in launching his own presidential campaign. But not today. When he was asked Monday if he agrees with former Vice President Mike Pence's contention that he was powerless to change the result of the 2020 presidential...

Editorial: Pence Is Right, and Trump Is a 3-Time 'Loser'

'Wall Street Journal' editorial page praises former VP for standing up to his ex-boss

(Newser) - Consider the conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal on the side of Team Pence. In an editorial Monday, the editors praised Mike Pence for his public rebuke of former President Trump's view that Pence could have overturned the 2020 election results. "Mr. Pence stands out as...

On Electoral Count, Pence Says, 'Trump Is Wrong'
Trump Reacts After
Rebuke From Pence
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Trump Reacts After Rebuke From Pence

'Great opportunity lost, but not forever,' ex-president says of his VP calling him 'wrong' on 2020 election

(Newser) - Update: On Friday, ex-Vice President Mike Pence rebuked former boss Donald Trump over his thoughts on the certification of the 2020 election. Fox News reports Trump has responded, unsurprisingly doubling down. "Just saw Mike Pence's statement on the fact that he had no right to do anything with...

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