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Last week, the House select committee investigating January 6th heard extensive testimony about the degree to which then President Donald Trump and his aides pushed state officials to disregard the vote tallies in the 2020 election and empower phony slates of electors. Trump loyalists such as Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman tried to gin up alternate slates in pursuit of a plan that would culminate in then Vice-President Mike Pence declaring Trump the winner of the election. (Seven states that Trump lost—Georgia, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Michigan—ended up submitting bogus slates.) The pressured state officials’ stories raised questions about whether people in Trump’s orbit violated the law. More broadly, the testimony spotlighted the byzantine nature of America’s Presidential elections, which leaves them open to abuse.
— (The New Yorker) (June 27) (Pocket)
Members of the Jan. 6 select committee said Sunday they may subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence, the Associated Press reports.Driving the news: “We’re not taking anything off the table in terms of witnesses who have not yet testified,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on CNN's "State of the Union" over the weekend asked about subpoenaing Pence.“We would still, I think, like to have several high-profile people come before our committee,” he added.He said a Pence subpoena is “certainly a possibility. We're not excluding anyone or anything at this point."Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee's chairman, said the Jan. 6 panel was “engaging” with Pence’s lawyers, AP reports.The big picture: The Jan. 6 panel recently zeroed in on a scheme by former President Trump and his allies to pressure Pence to reject electors in order to overturn the 2020 election.Between the lines: The Jan. 6 committee has received much information about Trump's call to Pence on the morning of Jan. 6 in which Trump pleaded for Pence to stop the certification of electoral votes, AP reports. But the committee has yet to hear Pence's side of the phone call."It started off [in a] calmer tone
— (Axios) (June 20) (Pocket)
WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to single-handedly reject electoral votes on Jan. 6, 2021, as former President Donald Trump pressured him to do, was the subject of the Thursday House hearing investigating the Capitol attack.
— (USA Today) (June 20) (Pocket)
The Jan. 6 hearings are tailor-made for social media – that doesn't mean they're reaching a wide audience
Greg Jacob, who was counsel to former Vice President Mike Pence, and Michael Luttig, a retired federal judge, testified about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via APOn June 16, 2022, the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol used its two-hour hearing to paint a picture of a relentless campaign by former President Donald Trump and his allies to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence into throwing the election to Trump. The committee’s palette included video excerpts from witness interviews, live testimony from associates of both Pence and Trump, and clips showing crucial notes or excerpts from emails. The hearings, of which this was the third, run for approximately two-hour chunks of time. That’s a long time in today’s era of quick scrolling, one-minute TikToks and 240-character hot-take tweets. But what the Jan. 6 committee hearings have shown so far is not the antithesis of social media. On the contrary, these hearings appear to be made for social media, given the elements of the presentation. The quick video cutaways, pithy sound bites and short interview clips, such as former Attorney General William Barr saying “bulls...
— (The Conversation) (June 17) (Pocket)
J. Michael Luttig, right, a former 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge, and Greg Jacob, former counsel to then-Vice President Mike Pence, testify before the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. (Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
— (Daily Signal) (June 17) (Pocket)
A former top adviser to Mr Pence, Gregory Jacob, said his boss “never budged” despite mounting pressure from Mr Trump that he had the power to stop the certification process, which the vice president presides over, on January 6.
— (Weekly Standard) (June 16) (Pocket)
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