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Pence: 'I don't take it as a foregone conclusion that the House will vote to impeach'

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump spokesman says defeating Cheney a top priority GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories McConnell amid Trump criticism: 'I'm looking forward, not backward' MORE said that he does not think it’s a “foregone conclusion that the House will vote to impeach” in an interview Monday. 

Pence defended President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE and criticized House Democrats for how they are running the impeachment inquiry. When asked on PBS NewsHour what he thought the Senate would do if the impeachment case reaches the upper chamber, Pence responded he doesn’t think it’s definite the inquiry will reach that point.

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“I don’t take it as a foregone conclusion that the House will vote to impeach President Donald Trump,” he said.

Pence condemned the whistleblower for creating a “mischaracterized” version of Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFree Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Trump backs Stefanik to replace Cheney Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama MORE (D-Calif.) for providing a “fabricated version” of the call during a hearing. Schiff has since said he made the comments partly in jest. 

“When people read the transcript, they’ll see despite the reckless allegations of many in the media, there was no quid pro quo,” Pence said.

“As the facts all come out, I think the American people will come to understand that and I expect  let their voice be heard on Capitol Hill,” he added.

The vice president also denounced the House Democrats for their handling of the inquiry, saying Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Gaetz, Greene tout push to oust Cheney: 'Maybe we're the leaders' Free Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech MORE (D-Calif.) “unilaterally” opened the inquiry.

The House Democrats are planning to hold a vote this week on the impeachment inquiry to “ensure transparency” and “provide a clear path forward,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said earlier Monday.

House Republicans protested the process of the impeachment inquiry last week by barging into a sensitive compartmented information facility where testimony for the inquiry was scheduled to occur.