Marc Short, the former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is reportedly cooperating with the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot on January 6th.
CNN was the first to report that Short was subpoenaed by the committee, led exclusively by individuals who have animus towards former President Donald Trump, a few weeks ago.
One source, when asked about Short’s cooperation responded, according to NBC News, “He is … So far.”
CNN adds that the top Pence aide’s cooperation marks “a significant development that will give investigators insight from one of the highest-ranking Trump officials.”
FIRST on @CNN: Marc Short, the former Chief of Staff to VP Mike Pence is cooperating with the 1/6 Select Committee after receiving a subpoena not previously reported.
w/ @jamiegangel & @MichaelRWarren https://t.co/hqT9Yfh6bn
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) December 6, 2021
January 6 Committee
Marc Short is one of former Vice President Mike Pence’s most trusted advisers, working with him off and on for over a decade.
CNN notes that his cooperation signals a greater openness among Pence’s inner circle to play ball with the January 6 committee. One source tells the network that the anti-Trump panel is getting “significant cooperation with Team Pence.”
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Special correspondent Jamie Gangel tells Wolf Blitzer: “It is hard to imagine that Marc Short would cooperate with the committee without Pence’s blessing.”
I spoke with Pence COS Marc Short about the events of 1/6 on a new #AxeFiles!
“The president received awful advice,” he told me. “And, in many cases, some of those people were provided unfettered access.”https://t.co/ddRX6qLrnu
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 7, 2021
Pence was the target of threats on January 6th while Short was allegedly barred from the White House by Trump after the former Vice President refused to challenge the election results.
Pence Says Media Coverage Of Riot Meant To Demean Trump Supporters
Curiously, Pence argued just months ago that overblown media coverage of the Capitol riot was meant to “demean” Trump supporters.
“I know the media wants to distract from the Biden administration’s failed agenda by focusing on one day in January,” said Pence.
“They want to use that one day to try and demean the character and intentions of 74 million Americans who believed we could be strong again and prosperous again and supported our administration in 2016 and 2020.”
Pence: “Trump and I Parted Amicably; The Media Is Using Jan. 6th to Demean the Character of 74 Million Americans” https://t.co/KjzVKhobOy
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 5, 2021
Trump, in a statement emailed to reporters and supporters shortly thereafter, actually praised Mike Pence for his comments.
“Vice President Mike Pence’s statement … very much destroys and discredits the Unselect Committees Witch Hunt on the events of January 6th,” he said.
And yet now, we have a top aide in Marc Short cooperating with that same ‘witch hunt’ while CNN boasts of ‘cooperation with Team Pence.’
Trump supporters turned on Pence when he certified Joe Biden’s win.
But, the former vice president said the split was amicable.
“You can’t spend almost five years in a political foxhole with somebody without developing a strong relationship.”https://t.co/c5ityso20L
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 5, 2021
Aside from Short, other former White House insiders have wilted under the pressure being applied by the January 6 committee.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows began cooperating as well.
Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, who chairs the committee, said in a statement that Meadows “has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition.”
A book from ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl titled, “Betrayal,” claims former Trump aides Steve Mnuchin and Mike Pompeo discussed removing the President via the 25th Amendment following the Capitol riot.
Mnuchin and Pompeo discussed a plan to oust Trump from office on Jan. 6 https://t.co/fEREGbW6gM
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 15, 2021
Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on two contempt-of-Congress charges related to his refusal to testify and provide documents to the committee.
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