The Wall Street Journal: House Jan. 6 committee considers calling Pence, Trump to testify

WASHINGTON — Members of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol are discussing the next steps in their investigation, including whether to seek an interview with former Vice President Mike Pence and potentially ex-President Donald Trump, according to one of the Republican members of the panel.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., the panel member who will be leading some of the questioning at next Thursday’s prime-time hearing, said in an interview ahead of a meeting Thursday that the panel could decide to request a written interview with Pence. The committee could also discuss whether to issue a subpoena to the former vice president to try to compel him to testify, he said.

The committee is also weighing whether it will ask Trump to testify, Kinzinger said. Earlier this year, Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., had signaled it was unlikely that the panel would call Trump but other members indicated it was still under consideration.

Thompson told reporters Tuesday that the question of whether to interview Pence would be part of the discussion at Thursday’s meeting. Late Thursday evening, Thompson and members of the committee gathered again. Asked if the panel planned to seek testimony from Pence, Thompson said: “We haven’t made a decision.”

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