Even though his own brother was a central target of the mob's rage, Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.) opposes an independent commission
to investigate the Jan. 6 attack
on the United States Capitol.
“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 Donald Trump
before law enforcement officials have finished their investigation,” Pence said in a statement released Wednesday, according to The Washington Post
The commission, modeled after the bipartisan 9/11 commission, will be voted on by the House
on Wednesday evening. It will investigate the causes of the deadly attack and make recommendations to ensure that it does not happen again.
Pence's use of the words "hanging" and "execution" is strange, because those are the exact words used by the mob on Jan. 6 when they were looking for his brother, former Vice President Mike Pence
The entire reason the mob marched to the Capitol on January 6
was to prevent Congress
and the vice president from certifying Joe Biden
as the winner of the 2020 presidential election
The mob was led there by Donald Trump, who put his own vice president in the crosshairs of the crowd during a speech at a “Stop the Steal” rally that day, expecting Mike Pence to stop the certification and prevent Biden from being declared the winner, something he was not legally allowed to do.
“Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn’t, it will be a sad day for our country because you are sworn to uphold our Constitution,” Trump said.
When Trump supporters
stormed the Capitol, they were looking for Pence as well as Congress.
I heard at least three different rioters at the Capitol say that they hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and hang him as a traitor from a Capitol Hill tree. It was a common refrain, and many more were simply discussing how the VP should be executed. https://t.co/fxHREouEWF
— Jim Bourg (@jimbourg) January 8, 2021
The mob chants "hang Mike Pence." pic.twitter.com/K4EcKK2rab— American Times Film (@ExportedFromMI) January 9, 2021
The violent mob came dangerously close to Pence, but Secret Service officers were able to safely transport the vice president and his family to a secure location off the Senate
floor; if they had arrived a few seconds later, Pence would have been within view of a group of rioters who had made their way up to the second floor.
The legislation to establish the independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot was drafted by both Democrats
, and it has the support of the family of Capitol Police
Officer Howie Liebengood, who committed suicide
after the attack. However, GOP
leaders have come out against the panel, falsely accusing Democrats of negotiating in bad faith and attempting to tithe.