WASHINGTON ― Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.) voted towards forming a fee to analyze the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol as a result of he believed it will be one other impeachment of Donald Trump.
He had nothing to say in regards to the rioters who chanted about hanging his brother, former Vice President Mike Pence.
“I think the whole thing is to spend the summer impeaching, again, Donald Trump,” he informed HuffPost on Thursday. “That’s all we’re doing. It’s a dog-and-pony show. … It’s another impeachment.”
Pence on Wednesday voted towards bipartisan laws to ascertain an unbiased fee to analyze the causes of the lethal assault and make suggestions in order that one thing comparable wouldn’t occur once more.
Pence’s brother was on the middle of the group’s anger that day. The mob ― pushed on by Trump himself, who was essential of his vp ― swarmed the Capitol to cease Congress from certifying that Joe Biden had gained the 2020 presidential election.
Some of the Trump supporters chanted “hang Mike Pence” and advised executing him by hanging him for being a traitor. Some even erected a gallows.
The congressman referred to as his brother a “hero” for doing his job and presiding over the certification of the 2020 election outcomes, and he claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wasn’t as much as it.
“Nancy Pelosi said we can’t come back for two or three days,” Pence mentioned. “He said as soon as the Capitol Police ― the heroes ― clear the building, I’m gaveling back in.”
Pelosi appeared to take offense at Pence’s comment.
“I was a force for coming back from the start and I was glad that it was bipartisan, that we all agreed to come back,” she informed reporters Thursday. “He knows not of what he speaks, and he can ask is brother if he wants to get any information.”
The House authorized the fee on Wednesday, with 35 Republicans becoming a member of Democrats in supporting it. The Senate now must vote on it, though Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has come out towards the fee and GOP senators who beforehand sounded supportive are actually indicating they might oppose it as nicely.
The panel can be modeled on the bipartisan 9/11 fee: Five members can be appointed by Republicans, 5 can be appointed by Democrats, and a remaining report can be as a result of White House and Congress by the tip of the 12 months. The household of Capitol Police Officer Howie Liebengood, who died by suicide after the assault, got here out in favor of the fee this week, as did some members of the Capitol Police.
As for his emotions in regards to the rioters focusing on his brother, Pence refused to share.
“My opinion about that night, and the heroism of my brother’s staying, is personal,” he mentioned. “I’m gonna keep that to myself.”
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