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Kinzinger says he “would love” that Pence testified before the committee on Jan. 6

Washington – Illinois GOP Representative Adam Kinzinger said Sunday he “would love” for former Vice President Mike Pence to voluntarily appear before Parliament’s select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. capital.

Pence played a crucial role in congressional affairs on January 6, rejecting pressure from then-President Donald Trump to reject electoral votes from key warring states he lost, and ultimately confirming President Biden’s victory. While some of his aides have answered questions from house investigators, Pence has not.

Asked if he would like to see the former vice president come forward and meet with the select committee, Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the panel, said he “would love to see it.”

“I would hope and believe that the Vice President would come in and tell his story because he did the right thing that day,” he said. “If he does not, then we will look at the options we have available if there is information we do not already have.”

The Illinois Republican said the committee will make decisions on who it wants to hear from in the next two weeks as it works on its consultation plan and the content of the upcoming case.

“Right now, we are not even building a broader narrative,” Kinzinger said. “We go deeper with richer and more details to show the American people.”

During its investigation of the events leading up to and including January 6, the committee conducted nearly 935 interviews and clarifications and received more than 100,000 documents.

While investigators have asked for some Republicans in Congress, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Reps. Jim Jordan from Ohio and Scott Perry from Pennsylvaniato volunteer for the panel, committee members have not yet decided whether to issue summonses to force the testimony of lawmakers.

Kinzinger said, however, that he is in favor of suing Republican members, but noted that moving forward with one is “a strategic, tactical decision and a matter of, you know, whether we can do it and get the information in time.” “

“I think in the end, whatever we can do to get that information – I think if it requires a subpoena, it requires a subpoena,” he said. “But I think the key is, no matter what some members of Congress want to tell us, we know a lot of information about it.”

Almost all of the committee’s work so far has taken place behind closed doors, but the panel is preparing to enter the public phase of its inquiry. Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said last week that the panel plans to hold eight public hearings in June, the first of which will be June 9th.

Following the hearings, the committee intends to release a full report on its findings in the early fall, he said.

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