(VitalNews.org) – Former Vice President Mike Pence made a shocking admission this week about the events of January 6, 2021, claiming that he considered skipping the Electoral College vote certifying the 2020 presidential election.
The 64-year-old former vice president shared his concerns about Jan. 6 and his role in overseeing the transition of power with special counsel Jack Smith during a deposition conducted in April. Pence allegedly told Smith’s team about subjects discussed publicly regarding the actions of Trump’s team leading up to what unfolded at the US Capitol that day.
Smith’s team retrieved a note from the National Archives which showed that the former vice president thought about not attending the congressional procedures in 2020. In the note, Pence said that “too many questions” surrounded the election and that his participation in certifying the outcome may be “too hurtful” to Trump, whom he called “his friend.”
Pence specifically said that he didn’t feel he “should attend [the] electoral count” because of “too many questions” and “doubts,” concluding that he would not “participate” in the certification process. Pence did not end up skipping the proceedings and eventually decided to execute his duty, which is required of the vice president as president of the Senate.
His decision to certify the votes caused outrage amongst Trump supporters protesting on Jan. 6, many of whom began to call for Pence’s head. The decision ruined the vice president’s reputation amongst his former boss’s supporters, who believe Pence should have stood with Trump.
Trump maintains that the 2020 election was stolen, while Pence maintains that he certainly told the former president that he hadn’t seen sufficient evidence of election fraud. The two have since had a falling out, although Pence claimed in a September interview that he and the former president “parted amicably” and that they haven’t spoken since spring 2021.
Pence was running for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election but dropped out in October after only a few months of campaigning when his poll numbers refused to budge.
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