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Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short Met With Jan 6th Committee

Pence’s Chief of Staff Marc Short Met With Jan 6th Committee

Mike Pence holds Trump rally, a full months after the election.

Former Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, has answered questions from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, two sources familiar with the deposition told ABC News.

Short’s testimony was given last week, sources said. It was first reported by CNN.

Short has served as an aide to Pence in various roles since the former vice president served in Congress. It was reported in December that the committee had subpoenaed Short for his cooperation with the investigation.

 

Short, who was with Pence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, participated in a “critical” White House meeting on January 4, 2021, and is seen as a potentially crucial witness in the committee’s investigation as the panel pieces together the pressure campaign that Donald Trump and his allies waged to try to convince Pence not to certify the presidential election.

Short’s decision to cooperate with the House Select Committee, rather than fight the subpoena issued to him like others in Trump’s inner circle, is the latest reminder that the public remains unaware that several key players close to Trump are quietly cooperating with the January 6th investigation.

Trump has repeatedly sought to discredit the work of the Committee, urging his allies and aides not to comply. While some have obeyed his personal demands of them, others have chosen to avoid the same consequences as Steve Bannon, who is free on bond while awaiting trial in July for contempt of Congress charges.

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In the six months since it was created, the select committee has interviewed more than 350 witnesses, received more than 300 substantive tips, and issued more than 50 subpoenas for phone and email records, Trump administration documents, witness testimony, and bank records, according to the committee’s public disclosures and lawsuits filed by witnesses.

As recently as this weekend, Trump was still blaming Pence, including in a written statement where he bluntly admitted had been trying to use Pence to overturn the election result. “He could have overturned the Election!” Trump said of Pence.

Trump supporters famously chanted “Hang Mike Pence!” as they marauded through the halls of the Capitol. Pence and his staff were inexplicably locked out of their offices, despite their security badges working that morning, and were forced to hide on a loading dock for a period of time during the riot.

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