WASHINGTON – Marc Short, who served as chief of staff to former Vice President Mike Pence, testified privately last week before the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, the latest turn in a row. weeks of negotiations between panel investigators and Mr. Pence’s team.
Mr Short appeared to respond to a subpoena from the committee, according to three people with knowledge of the developments, making him the most senior person around Mr. Pence, who is known to have collaborated on the matter. investigation.
Investigators believe the involvement of the former vice president and his inner circle is important, as Mr. Pence has resisted former President Donald J. Trump’s pressure campaign to use his role. in presiding over the official congressional electoral vote to try to overturn the 2020 election.
Mr Short was with Mr. Pence on January 6 when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, and has first-hand knowledge of efforts by Mr. Trump and his allies to try to convince Mr. get the former vice president to give up legally. Electoral College votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr. support groups of electors that support Trump.
These people spoke on condition of anonymity about Mr. Short’s testimony earlier reported by CNN.
The investigator has participated in high-stakes negotiations for months with Mr. Pence’s team about whether he cooperated with the investigation. In recent weeks, they have sought the cooperation of Mr Short and Greg Jacob, Mr. Pence’s former attorney.
Mr Short and Mr Jacob were both closely involved in Mr. Pence’s consideration of whether to go along with Mr. Trump’s insistence that he try to block the official Electoral College result with a joint session of Congress. . Three days before the procedure, two men met John Eastman, an attorney who later advised Mr. Trump, on a memo Mr. Eastman wrote setting out a case for why Mr. Pence had the power to suspend the certification.
As a crowd stormed the Capitol, chanting “Mike Pence Cave,” Mr. Eastman sent a hateful email to Mr. Jacobs, blaming Mr. Pence for the violent behavior.
“The ‘siege’ is because YOU and your boss didn’t do what was necessary to allow this to be broadcast publicly so the American people could see for themselves what happened, ” lawyer, Mr. Eastman, wrote to Mr. Jacob.
Mr Eastman has since invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to defy the commission’s subpoena.
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Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general who served as Pence’s national security adviser, also testified before the committee. Mr. Kellogg told investigators that when rioters stormed the Capitol on January 6, Trump turned down pleas from him as well as from Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, and Kayleigh McEnany, the secretary of state. press signing, to call for an end to the violence. He said Ivanka Trump, Trump’s eldest daughter and adviser, also tried to intervene at least twice.
Mr. Kellogg said he and Mrs. Trump also witnessed a phone call in the Oval Office on the morning of January 6 in which Mr. Trump pressured Mr. Pence to vote for the electoral college. Mr. Kellogg told the committee that the president had accused Mr. Pence of not being “tough” enough to overturn the election.
Mrs. Trump then turned to Mr. Kellogg and said, “Mike Pence is a good man,” Mr. Kellogg testified.
The development comes as Mr. Trump continues to criticize Mr. Pence for refusing to accept calls to overturn the 2020 election.
“Mike Pence really has the power to change the outcome, and now they want to do it immediately,” Trump said in a statement, referring to a group of senators who are discussing amending the Act. on the number of voters to make it clear that the vice president cannot unilaterally change the outcome of an election. “Unfortunately he didn’t exercise that power, he could have overturned the election!”
Mr. Trump also said at a rally over the weekend that he could offer amnesty to criminal defendants charged in connection with the January 6 riots and that he would organize more protests if he were charged.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/31/us/marc-short-mike-pence.html Former Chief of Staff Pence testified to the Committee January 6