Rep. Adam Schiff refused to rule out that the House Committee Investigating January 6 may subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence to testify.
Schiff discussed the possibility during an appearance on Sunday’s episode of CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“We’re not excluding anyone or anything at this point,” Schiff said.
“We’re not taking anything off the table in terms of witnesses who have not yet testified. We would still, I think, like to have several high-profile people come before our committee,” he continued. “But, at the moment, I can’t disclose what private conversations may or may not be going on with respect to certain individuals. But there are still key people we have not interviewed that we would like to.”
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The latest hearings were focused on allegations that Pence was pressured to reject certifying the results in certain states.
Schiff said that this week, the hearings will focus on “how a similar pressure campaign directed against state and local elections officials put their lives in danger.”
“And, similarly, [Trump] was told this scheme is essentially something that his own lawyers could not justify, but yet he pressed on, uprooted people’s lives, put their lives and our democracy very much at risk,” Schiff claimed.
CNN host Dana Bash then asked, “your hearing will include evidence about Trump electors in battleground states who submitted fake Electoral College ballots even though Trump lost these states that we are talking about. We have already heard that … Trump campaign officials were involved in that. Do you have evidence that the former president himself was involved?”
“Yes, we’ll show evidence of the president’s involvement in this scheme,” Schiff claimed. “We’ll also again show evidence of what his own lawyers came to think about this scheme. And we’ll show courageous state officials who stood up and said they wouldn’t go along with this plan to either call legislatures back into session or decertify the results for Joe Biden.”
“Just to be clear, you said you have evidence that the then-president was involved putting a fake slate of electors out there. Do you have evidence that he directed it?” Bash asked.
Schiff danced around the question.
“I don’t want to get ahead of our hearing,” Schiff said. “We’ll show during the hearing what the president’s role was in trying to get states to name alternate slates of electors, how that scheme depended initially on hopes that the legislators would reconvene and bless it. They didn’t, and they press forward with it anyway.”
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