Pence’s brother will vote against Jan. 6 commission
Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.), the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, will vote against legislation that would create a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, despite video footage from the day of the insurrection showing some rioters threatening the then-vice president’s life.
Greg Pence huddled with the former vice president in a Capital Office amid the Jan. 6 attack and was then taken, through an unknown evacuation route, to a secure room in the Capitol complex, according to the Post.
Video footage of the Capitol breach captured rioters chanting “Hang Mike Pence.”
Greg Pence, however, in a statement to the Post announcing his intent to vote against the commission, used the word “hanging” to describe Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“Hanging Judge Nancy Pelosi is hellbent on pushing her version of partisan justice complete with a hand-picked jury that will carry out her pre-determined political execution of [former President] Donald Trump before law enforcement officials have completed their investigation,” the congressman said in a statement to the Post.
The Hill has reached out to Greg Pence and Mike Pence for comment.
Greg Pence now joins a group of Republican lawmakers who have expressed opposition to the bipartisan agreement, which if passed would create a 9/11-style commission to probe the events of Jan. 6.
Last week, the top Democrat and Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee agreed to a bill that would establish the commission.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), the top two GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill, have both spoken against the commission bill.
McConnell called the legislation a “slanted and unbalanced proposal.” McCarthy said he could not support the legislation because Pelosi “refused to negotiate in good faith” on the parameters of the commission and because Democrats’ “renewed focus” does not include the “political violence” in American cities, the 2017 shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice or the fatal attack on Capitol Police on April 2.