Pence says he’ll ‘consider’ testifying for Jan. 6 committee, breaks with Trump over FBI attack

Former Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that Republicans support federal law enforcement amid attacks and intimidation after the FBI recovered classified documents from the Florida resort home of former President Donald Trump. said it should. Pence also said he would consider testifying before a House committee on Jan. 6.

“If there is an invitation to participate, I will consider it.” pence said Presidential candidates regularly drop by at the New Hampshire State Institute of Politics for a breakfast of politics and eggs. But he warned that it was “unprecedented” for a vice president to be subpoenaed to testify before Congress.

Mike Pence addresses a group of listeners.

Former Vice President Mike Pence at a breakfast of politics and eggs at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire, Wednesday. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Members of the Jan. 6 committee, including chairman Benny Thompson, said doors were open for Mr. Pence and discussions were underway. But neither side has specified where those talks will take place. A spokesperson for the committee did not immediately return a request for comment.

Pence, a front-runner for 2024, also made a clear break with Trump and his allies over the recent attacks on federal law enforcement stemming from the FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago.

“These attacks on the FBI must stop. Pence said Wednesday.

His comments came as he moved through two states with early voting to continue teasing his 2024 presidential run.

After Wednesday’s New Hampshire event, Pence is scheduled to attend the Iowa State Fair this Friday with Iowa Republican veteran Sen. Chuck Grassley and former longtime Gov. Terry Branstad. He will later headline an event for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, a Christian conservative group.

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Former President Donald Trump addresses supporters in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 5. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Trump saw a surge in support from Republicans shortly after the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago early last week. Its revelations have cooled after a surge in intimidation against law enforcement in connection with President Trump’s verbal attacks on investigators after the raid.

Since stepping down as president more than 18 months ago, Trump has held the most support for the 2024 Republican nomination. Decreasing steadilywhile support for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has steadily increased, Trump short spikes in support It’s just after last week’s search was announced, but it’s unclear if it’s a new trend. Pence remains the core of his support among Republican voters despite refusing to endorse Trump’s efforts to overthrow his 2020 presidential election loss on Jan. 6, 2021. has been maintained.