Mike Pence 'closing the door' on testifying before the Jan. 6 committee

The former Vice President said that he wouldn't testify before the House of Representatives panel probing the Jan. 6 2021 Capitol riot, stating that "Congress has no right to my testimony."

Former Vice President, Mike Pence, has ruled out testifying in front of congress regarding the events that unfolded at the Capitol, describing the commission as "opportunity lost" to "examine every aspect of what happened on January 6."

"I served for 12 years in Congress, it's inconceivable to me that one party would appoint every member of a committee of Congress," Pence told CBS's Margaret Brennan, referring to the fact that every member of the Jan. 6 committee was appointed by the Democrats' Speaker of the House.

"That's antithetical to the whole idea of the committee system," he said.

Pence continued, "I believe it would establish a terrible precedent for the Congress to summon a Vice President of the United States to speak about deliberations that took place at the White House."

He was one of the focal points of frustration before, and during the Capitol riots after stating that he wouldn't block certification of the electoral college vote, thereby allowing Congress to certify Biden's victory. He allegedly had to go into hiding for many hours once the riots began.

Pence has written about these details and more in a new memoir that came out on Tuesday, and although he says that he will "continue to speak openly about [the Jan. 6 events], I expect, to some degree from the rest of my life," he will not voluntarily cooperate in an official manner with the investigation.

"I never stood in the way of senior members of my team cooperating with the committee and testifying," Pence said, "but Congress has no right to my testimony".

"I'm closing the door on that," he said.
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