Pence's Former Chief of Staff Reportedly Agrees to Cooperate With 6 January Committee
© AP Photo / Andrew HarnikVice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Marc Short, center, speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
© AP Photo / Andrew Harnik
Former US President Donald Trump repeatedly criticised the work of the "unselect" House committee investigating the events which took place at the Capitol on 6 January and how they originated. The former POTUS argued that it's just another "witch hunt" designed to damage him.
Former chief of staff to vice-president Mike Pence, Marc Short, has agreed to cooperate with the House 6 January committee, CNN reported citing three anonymous sources.
Short accompanied Pence on the day angry protesters rushed into the Congress building seeking to thwart the certification of the 2020 results. He remained at his side even as the then-vice president was evacuated from the building, which he visited to formally acknowledge the certification process.
Both Pence's former top aide and 6 January committee refused to comment on the report.
One source told the news media that the House committee has been enjoying "significant cooperation with Team Pence" so far. CNN earlier also reported that a number of people from Pence's orbit expressed willingness to cooperate, including Marc Short.
Some of them, however, reportedly asked for a "friendly subpoena" as a disguise. The committee subpoenaed Marc Short several weeks ago.
6 December 2021, 18:39 GMT
The 6 January committee was established at the behest from the House Democrats with the goal of investigating the events on the day pro-Trump protesters, frustrated by the then-president's electoral defeat, stormed the Capitol. The case is already being looked into by the FBI.
Many Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, whom the Democrats accused of being complicit in the storming of the Congress building, criticised the creation of the committee. Trump alleged that it was established to damage him and was nothing more than another "witch hunt". The former POTUS also pointed out the fact that the 6 January protests have already been investigated by law enforcement agencies.