The Wyoming Republican also called him a “hero” for his actions that day.
“Former Vice President Pence was a hero on January 6. He turned down the pressure from the former president. He did his duty, and the nation should be very grateful for the actions he took that day,” Cheney told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on the “Today is the show.” We look forward to continuing the cooperation we have had with members of the former vice president’s team, and I also look forward to their cooperation. “
Several Pence aides have begun interacting with the panel, including his former chief of staff Marc Short. Short’s cooperation is a significant advance that gave investigators information from one of the highest-ranking officials in the Trump administration and signals a greater openness among Pence’s inner circle.
A source previously told CNN that the committee is getting “meaningful cooperation with Team Pence,” even if the committee hasn’t discussed it openly. Another source also told CNN that Short’s help is an example of the “momentum” the investigation is enjoying behind the scenes.
When asked Thursday if the Jan. 6 panel is investigating “discarded shots” of the video of former President Donald Trump that he posted during the uprising, Cheney said yes.
“Well, we’re certainly focused on that, looking at it, we’ll actually make sure we have access to those videos,” he said. “You know, one of the things that the committee is very involved in right now is litigation. The former chair is trying to hide behind executive privilege claims … but we will not allow the former chair to hide behind these false claims of privilege and we will get to the bottom of things like that video, the discarded shots of that video and everything else that was happening that day, both his action and his refusal to take action. “
He said he agreed with President Thompson’s statement that the United States was “critically close” to the end of democracy.
“The threat continues. Former President Trump continues to make the same claims that he knows caused violence on January 6, and it is very important, if you look at what is happening today in my party, in the Republican Party, instead of rejecting it. what happened on the 6th, reject the lies about the election and make it clear that a president who participated in those activities will never be able to be president again, sadly, too many in my own party are hugging that former president or are looking the other way or minimizing the danger, “she said. “This is how democracies die. We simply cannot allow that to happen.”