Ex-federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner says Pence's belief that Congress has 'no right' to his testimony about January 6 should 'disqualify' him from public office

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Former Vice President Mike Pence.AP Photo/John Minchillo
  • A former federal prosecutor criticized Mike Pence's refusal to appear before the January 6 panel.

  • The former prosecutor, Glenn Kirschner, said Pence was denying not just Congress but the public.

  • Donald Trump tried to get Pence to help him overturn his loss in the 2020 US presidential election.

A former federal prosecutor excoriated former Vice President Mike Pence for arguing that Congress has "no right" to his testimony regarding the Capitol riot.

After Pence told CBS earlier this month that "Congress has no right to my testimony," the former prosecutor, Glenn Kirschner, blasted that stance in a video released Thursday.

"The seven words that Mike Pence recently uttered that I contend disqualify him from ever holding public office again," he said.

"Let's be clear: By extension, Mike Pence is saying, 'The American people have no right to my relevant testimony as Congress goes about trying to craft laws to keep this from ever happening again,'" Kirschner said.

Kirschner has argued that Congress has sufficient reason to question Pence about Donald Trump's repeated attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

While Trump recently launched his 2024 presidential campaign, Pence continues to mull over a White House bid of his own, which would put him on a collision course with his old boss.

Correction: November 28, 2022 — An earlier version of this story misstated Mike Pence's title. He is a former US vice president; he is not the president.

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