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Mike Pence Won't Testify, Says Congress Has 'No Right' to His Testimony

Former Vice President Mike Pence has ruled out testifying before the House Jan. 6 committee, saying that Congress “has no right” to his testimony.


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The comment was made during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Nov. 16 2022.


Who Is Mike Pence?

Mike Pence is a former vice president of the United States. He served as the 48th vice president from 2017 to 2021, under President Donald Trump.


Pence was born in Columbus, Indiana, on June 7, 1959. He graduated from Hanover College in 1981 and received a law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1986. Pence began his career as an attorney in private practice and later served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. He was elected governor of Indiana in 2012 and served as the state's chief executive until becoming vice president in 2017.


On Jan. 6, 2021, rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The rioters were successful in temporarily halting the proceedings, and five people died as a result of the violence.


Former Vice President Mike Pence was in the Capitol at the time of the riot, and he has been criticized by some for not doing more to stop it. However, Pence has said that he does not believe Congress has the "right" to call him to testify about what happened on Jan. 6th.


The House Jan. 6 Committee is a bipartisan panel created to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The committee is made up of seven Democrats and four Republicans, and is chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).


The committee has been investigating the attack for several months, and has called on a number of high-profile witnesses to testify, However, Former Vice President Mike Pence has so far refused to testify before the panel, saying that Congress has "no right" to his testimony.


Former Vice President Mike Pence has ruled out testifying before the House Jan. 6 committee, saying that Congress “has no right” to his testimony.


The comment was made during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Nov. 16 2022


When asked if he would testify before the committee, Pence said “I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to testify before the Congress about something that I witnessed as Former Vice President.”


He added that the Constitution gives the vice president “a unique role and a unique responsibility” and that it would be “inappropriate” for him to testify.


Pence's comments are sure to add fuel to the fire for those who have been calling for his testimony. House Democrats have been eyeing him as a key witness in their investigation into the Capitol riot, and his refusal to cooperate is likely to only make them more determined to get him on the stand.


What Are People Saying About Mike Pence's Decision Not to Testify?

Some people are in support of Mike Pence's decision not to testify, while others think that he should have to answer for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection.


Some people argue that Congress does not have the right to force the former vice president to testify, as he is a private citizen. They say that Mike Pence is entitled to his own opinions and does not owe Congress anything.


Others argue that, as a key figure in the events of Jan. 6, Mike Pence has a responsibility to testify before Congress and answer questions about what he knew and when he knew it. They say that his refusal to do so is an act of cowardice.




Conclusion

The former vice president said that Congress “has no right” to his testimony, during an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" on Nov. 16, 2022. This is a developing story and more details will be added as they become available.

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