Cheney Confirms ‘Discussions’ With Pence’s Team Over Jan. 6 Committee Testimony

Former Vice President Mike Pence made headlines earlier this week when he confirmed that he would consider testifying before the House Jan. 6 committee if he receives a formal request to do so.

Now, the top Republican on the panel investigating last year’s Capitol Hill riot has gone on the record to confirm that her team is in talks with Pence’s attorneys to discuss the scope and parameters of his possible testimony. U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) confirmed the ongoing communications during a recent ABC News appearance.

The full interview is set to air on Sunday, but a preview revealed her response to host Jonathan Karl’s query.

“One of the key figures here is Mike Pence,” Karl began. “He said this week that he is willing to testify if you ask. Are you going to ask him?”

After confirming “discussions with his counsel,” Cheney detailed the perceived importance of securing the former vice president’s testimony.

“Look, he played a critical role on Jan. 6,” she said. “If he had succumbed to the pressure that Donald Trump was putting on him, we would have had a much worse constitutional crisis.”

Although she acknowledged that Pence has “expressed concerns about executive privilege,” she said that the stakes are too high for him to refuse to provide his side of the story on the record.

“I think it’s, you know, a hugely important constitutional issue in terms of separation of powers,” she said. “I believe in executive privilege. I think it matters. But I also think that when the country has been through something as grave as this was, everyone who has information has an obligation to step forward. So, I would hope that he will do that.”

When asked whether she expects him to appear before the panel next month, Cheney hedged her bets.

“I would hope that he will understand how important it is for the American people to know every aspect of the truth about what happened that day,” she replied.

During a recent speech in New Hampshire, Pence confirmed that he would consider an invitation to testify before the House committee.

“I would have to reflect on the unique role that I was serving as vice president,” he explained. “It would be unprecedented in history for the vice president to be summoned to testify on Capitol Hill. But, as I said, I don’t want to prejudge ever any formal invitation rendered to us.”