Jan. 6 panel to make case Trump put Pence’s life ‘in danger’ at third hearing
The Jan. 6 panel says it will present evidence showing Trump’s aggressive efforts to pressure Pence to block election certification put Pence's life at risk.
WASHINGTON — The Jan. 6 committee says it will present evidence Thursday showing how then-President Donald Trump’s aggressive efforts to pressure Mike Pence to unconstitutionally block certification of the 2020 election led to the deadly insurrection and even put the former vice president’s life at risk.
“We’re going to show that that pressure campaign directly contributed to the attack on the Capitol, and it put the vice president’s life in danger,” a committee aide said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday.
Thursday’s hearing — the third of at least seven planned by the House committee for June — will focus on the internal battle within the Trump White House over whether Pence could unilaterally stop Joe Biden’s election certification and keep Trump in power.
The committee is expected to present new information through exhibits and live and videotaped testimony when the hearing kicks off at 1 p.m. ET.
Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., will play a major role in leading in the hearing, which is slated to include live testimony from former Pence counsel Greg Jacob and retired federal judge Michael Luttig, who also advised Pence.
Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff at the time, will not be testifying in-person but his recorded testimony may be used during the hearing, the Jan. 6 committee aide said.