The January 6 committee indicates it will ask Pence to appear this month

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The head of the congressional committee investigating the January 6 violence said on Friday that the group would ask former deputy president Mike Pence this month to meet voluntarily with lawmakers.

"I think you can expect that before the end of the month," Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Told NPR in an interview. "Our committee really needs to hear his views on what happened on January 6."

A committee assistant later told NBC News that Thompson's remarks "indicate that the Select Committee is considering issuing an invitation to the former Vice President sometime this month."

Pence walked down the aisle when Capitol violence erupted. He applauded former president Donald Trump's false allegations of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, saying he and Trump had never "seen eye to eye" on the issue.

Evidence from Pence could provide valuable information to the January 6 committee, especially in the negotiations between the Trump White House that led to the Capitol attack, in which Pence's life was considered in jeopardy as many in the pro-Trump crowd shouted "hang Mike. Pence." Trump called Pence a "good man," but also said his deputy had made a "big mistake" by refusing to disrupt Congress's vote-rigging in the 2020 election.

The January 6 committee said that after the November election, White House advisers contacted Trump and Rudy Giuliani to discuss plans to cancel the results and pressure Pence not to confirm the Electoral College count in Congress.

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Several of Pence's aides, including his former chief of staff Marc Short, were working with a House committee.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Who is one of only two Republicans on the nine-member panel, told MSNBC on Friday that Pence's former assistants had "been very helpful."

But he added that this may not be the case with Pence, who has been silent on the committee's investigation.

"I would not be surprised if he did not want to cooperate in any way," Kinzinger said. "I do not know if that means - I hope it is not a summons but perhaps a written answer to the questions or a voluntary interview .We would love to hear from him.