President Trump said in a statement that the House committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot should investigate then-Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Background: The House Select Committee has been investigating the events surrounding the Capitol riot for months after being former by House Speaker Pelosi.
Prior to protestors storming the Capitol, VP Pence and lawmakers were inside the Capitol certifying the election for Joe Biden.
Former President Trump has claimed Pence, as president of the Senate and overseer of the Electoral College certification, had the authority to overturn the 2020 election results in their favor over claims of widespread voter fraud.
What Happened: Former President Trump released a statement through his Save America PAC calling for the House Select Committee to investigate Pence’s role on Jan. 6th.
“If it were sent back to the legislators, or if Nancy Pelosi, who is in charge of Capitol security, had taken my recommendation and substantially increased security, there would have been no ‘January 6’ as we know it!” Trump continued in his statement.
“Therefore, the Unselect Committee should be investigating why Nancy Pelosi did such a poor job of overseeing security and why Mike Pence did not send back the votes for recertification or approval, in that it has now been shown that he clearly had the right to do so!” (per Newsmax)
Key Details: Currently, some lawmakers are in discussion changing the Electoral Count Act to clarify the vice president’s role in the process of electoral certification.