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Pence urges Republicans to stop blaming FBI over Trump hunt

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In this file photo taken Nov. 19, 2020, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in the James S. Brady Briefing Room of the White House, in Washington, D.C.
January 19, 2020, Mike U.S. Vice President Pence speaks at a press conference for the White House Coronavirus Task Force at the James S. Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. By BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI Photo /Getty Images / AFP via Files

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Former Vice President Mike Pence told fellow Republicans Wednesday, I begged him to stop blaming the FBI. Searching Donald Trump's Florida home, denouncing calls by some of the former president's supporters to deny funding to the FBI, it's about as Democratic activists try to move money out of the police.

Pence was also asked to testify before a House committee investigating the riots at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. If so, he said, "I will give it due consideration."

His plea for restraint comes as law enforcement officials warn of an increasing number of violent threats targeting federal agents and government facilities. Trump's fortune earlier this year.

In his speech in New Hampshire, Pence said he was plagued by what he called the politicization of the FBI. He also said the Department of Justice and Attorney General Merrick Garland should be more candid in their reporting on why authorities were conducting searches.

But Pence, who is trying to solidify his own political track as both he and Trump consider the 2024 presidential election, also had a message for the Republican Party.

"Also, I would like to remind you, Republicans, to hold the Attorney General accountable for decisions made by the Attorney General without attacking law enforcement officers in general in the FBI. "You can," he said at the Politics & Eggs event, a breakfast gathering at St. Anselm College for Business Leaders, which has become a regular stop for White House candidates in early voting states.

"The Republican Party is the party of law and order," continued Pence. "Our party stands with the men and women who stand in the thin blue line at the federal, state, and local levels, and these attacks on the FBI must stop. We demand the FBI pay back."

Trump and several other Republican lawmakers called the search an act of political persecution.

On January 6, 2021, the paths of the former political allies diverged. That's when a mob of angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from officially recognizing Joe Biden as president-elect. Trump accused the vice president, who was chairman of the Senate, of refusing to challenge or delay the certification. A fake gallows was built on the National Mall and those who broke into the Capitol chanted, ``Hang Mike Pence. Hang Mike Pence.

"I would consider any invitation to participate." Mr Pence said, adding that he would first consider his "unique role" as vice president.

"It would be unprecedented in history for a Vice President to be summoned to testify at the Capitol, but as I said, I don't want to be prejudiced," he said. Told. "If we receive a formal invitation, we will give it due consideration."

A committee spokesman declined to comment on Pence's remarks.

The Commission and Pence's team have since agreed to testify behind closed doors in December 2021 after Pence's former Chief of Staff Mark Short received a subpoena. Have open communication. Short said he was at the Capitol on January 6, and he accompanied Pence, then Vice President, when he fled the Senate floor and hid from a riot that was calling for his hanging.

In Short's recorded testimony televised at a committee hearing this summer, he attended a White House meeting before the riots, during which Trump's allies He said they had discussed ways to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

At one point, Trump banned Short from the White House grounds because Short objected to pressuring Pence to reject a legitimate election result.

Commissioner Board members have so far decided not to seek Pence's testimony, saying Short and former Pence attorney Greg Jacobs provided much of the evidence to investigators.

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