Where was Mike Pence on Thursday during the January 6 committee? Cincinnati


Former Vice President Mike Pence was not in Washington, D.C. Thursday as he played a leading role in the discussion at the Capitol on Thursday.

Instead, he traveled to an industrial area in Cincinnati where he and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine participated in a roundtable with members of Ohio’s oil and gas industry. They sat in a nondescript conference room at Enerfab’s manufacturing facility in Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Village neighborhood.

The U.S. House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection heard testimony about how former President Donald Trump pressured Pence to void the election, and how Pence himself was in danger when a mob stormed the Capitol that day.

In Cincinnati, Pence did not speak about the January 6 uprising or audiences. In a brief speech before the roundtable began, Pence focused his speech on energy independence and blamed the Biden administration for high gas prices.

“I look forward to hearing from industry leaders here in Ohio about how we are unleashing the energy industry in this great state,” Pence said.

Pence has indicated that he is considering a possible presidential election in 2024, he told The New York Times in April.

Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, holds a conversation before a panel discussion on the current state of domestic oil and gas production hosted by Ohio's Oil and Gas Energy Education Program on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Enerfab, Inc. in Cincinnati.

In his speech, he credited the Trump administration for its energy policies and spoke about the importance of elections in general.

“What I want to say to all of you, with the right leadership here in Ohio, the right leadership in Washington, DC, we can start all over again,” Pence said.

Pence ignored shouted questions from reporters, and men in suits ordered the press to pack up and leave before the roundtable began.

When the event ended around 4 p.m., Pence and DeWine left without answering questions.

Pence did not testify before the Jan. 6 committee. But he played a central role in the testimony on the Uprising of January 6, 2021. Pence’s refusal to back Trump’s plan to stay in power has drawn Trump’s ire, according to committee testimony on Jan. 6.

U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming who is vice chairman of the committee, said testimony last Thursday will show that Trump answered the rioter’s calls to “hang Mike Pence” by saying that “maybe our supporters have the right idea” and that Mike Pence “deserves it”.

After meeting at the steel mill, Pence was scheduled to travel to the home of Nancy and David Aichholz in the affluent Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill. It was there to raise money for GOP Rep. Steve Chabot’s re-election campaign.

Former Ohio Democratic President David Pepper took to Twitter on Thursday to point out Jan. 6, 2021, Chabot voted against certification of Pennsylvania election results.

Chabot’s campaign was not immediately available for comment. He faces a challenge from the Democratic candidate Cincinnati City Council member Greg Landsman.

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