(RoyalPatriot.com )- The House special committee that’s investigating the January 6 attacks at the U.S. Capitol building is getting some cooperation from a former staffer with former Vice President Mike Pence.
On Monday, CNN reported that Pence’s former chief of staff, Marc Short, was cooperating with the House committee after being subpoenaed recently. Short, who remains one of the closest advisers to Pence, would be a crucial witness for the committee, as he could detail the steps former President Donald Trump may have taken to try to convince Pence not to certify the Electoral College results.
The committee hasn’t discussed the situation publicly, but CNN quoted a source saying they’re getting “significant cooperation by Team Pence.”
If this is true, it would be yet another potential wrench in the relationship between Trump and Pence, which soured significantly in the waning days of the Trump administration. It could also potentially harm Pence’s own presidential aspirations for 2024, as Trump could use this as fodder to have his supporters move away from Pence.
Pence first drew the ire of his former boss when he certified the results of the Electoral College, even though Trump said he should’ve prevented it from happening. In his role as president of the Senate, Pence said he “did the right thing” when he certified the 2020 presidential election results.
Trump and his supporters don’t agree with this, though. Many of the people who attended the rallies on January 6 — and some who went to the Capitol building — were heard chanting “Hang Mike Pence” because the vice president went through with the certification.
Pence said earlier this year that he was proud of the role he played on January 6. He said the Constitution didn’t give him the right to either return or reject any electoral votes after states has already certified them.
At the time, he said:
“There are those in our party who believe that in my position as presiding officer over the joint session that I possess the authority to reject or return electoral votes certified by the states. The Constitution provides the vice president with no such authority before the joint session of Congress.
“And I will always be proud that we did our part on that tragic day to reconvene the Congress and fulfilled our duty under the Constitution.”
Many former officials in the Trump administration have been subpoenaed by the House special committee investigating the incidents of January 6. However, many of them haven’t cooperated with the investigation.
The most infamous of them all is Steve Bannon, who ultimately refused to cooperate at all with the subpoena. That led the House to pursue charges of contempt of Congress, which the Department of Justice agreed with.
Bannon was indicted on the charges by a grand jury and was formally charged with criminal contempt. He is set to go to trial for the charge in July of 2022.