Outgoing Cheney Says Pence Discussing Testimony Before Jan. 6 Committee

Lame-duck Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is laying out the strategy for the time she has left with Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked January 6 Committee by suggesting that the panel is actively talking with former Vice President Mike Pence about testifying before the panel.

As a preview for her interview with ABC’s “This Week” that will air Sunday, Cheney said that the committee has been involved in “active discussions” with Pence’s attorneys about his testimony.

During the interview, Cheney was asked by ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl whether Cheney was going to ask Pence to testify. Karl noted that Pence has publicly said since the FBI raid on President Donald Trump’s Florida home he would be willing to testify if asked.

Cheney confirmed that the committee has “been in discussions with his counsel.” She added that she believes Pence “played a critical role on January 6.”

She went on to say that if Pence had “succumbed to the pressure,” the country would have “had a much worse constitutional crisis.” Cheney hinted that Pence is concerned about the executive privilege every president has that prevents certain types of testimony. However, she said that notwithstanding executive privilege, “everyone who has information has an obligation to step forward.“

When Karl pressed again for a direct answer about whether Pence will appear before the committee, Cheney said that she hopes he will “understand how important it is for the American people to know every aspect of the truth about what happened that day.”

When she was soundly defeated in Tuesday’s GOP primary election in Wyoming, Cheney was seeking her fourth term as the state’s sole representative in the House.

After winning in 2020 with almost 69% of the vote, Cheney fell to Republican challenger Harriet Hageman by 37 percentage points.

Cheney’s role on the January 6 Committee and her vote to impeach President Donald Trump in 2021 after the events at the Capitol Building were clearly not what Republican voters in Wyoming wanted her to focus on.

Hageman is a former Cheney supporter who ran against her this year with the enthusiastic support and endorsement of President Trump.