Late on Saturday (March 11), former Vice President Mike Pence gave his most scathing rebuke of former President Donald Trump’s actions on January 6, asserting that “history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”
Speaking at the annual white-tie Gridiron Dinner, with politicians and journalists in attendance, Pence stated, “Trump was wrong.”
The former Vice President explained that he had “no right to overturn the election,” noting that the then-President’s words put his family and those in the Capitol in danger, adding that he knows “history will hold Donald Trump accountable.”
Saturday’s comments are by far some of the strongest Pence has made against Trump, condemning the former President for his actions on January 6.
On the day of the insurrection, Trump waged a pressure campaign against his then-Vice President in an apparent attempt to get Pence to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election.
Although Pence’s message on Saturday was clear, the former Vice President doesn’t appear to have any intention of being part of the “history” that would hold Trump accountable, considering he has confirmed he won’t testify in a federal probe into Trump’s actions on January 6.
Special Counsel Jack Smith, appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to Oversee the Department of Justice’s probe into January 6, subpoenaed Pence for his testimony. However, Pence has approached the courts to block the subpoena.
Pence revealed to reporters last month his intention to “fight the Biden DOJ’s subpoena for me to appear before the grand jury,” citing his belief the action is unconstitutional.