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Mike Pence in Cincinnati as Jan. 6 committee looks at how Trump pressured him

Scott Wartman
Cincinnati Enquirer
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Make America Great Again Event at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

CINCINNATI - Former Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Cincinnati on Thursday alongside Gov. Mike DeWine for a roundtable with members of Ohio's natural gas and oil industry. 

While the topic will be domestic energy, Pence's visit comes amid a much bigger drama.

On the same day, the U.S. House Jan. 6 commission is expected to examine how former President Donald Trump pressured Pence to overturn the election. 

Pence has not testified before the committee. But he's played a central role in the testimony about the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. Pence's refusal to support Trump's plan to stay in power drew Trump's wrath, according to testimony from the Jan. 6 committee. 

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican who serves as vice chair of the committee, said this past Thursday testimony will show Trump responded to the rioter's calls to "hang Mike Pence" by saying that “maybe our supporters have the right idea" and that Mike Pence "deserves it.”

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The roundtable won't be open to the public. It will be hosted by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program. 

Pence will also be in town to raise money for Rep. Steve Chabot's reelection campaign at the home of Nancy and David Aichholz, according to an invitation sent out by the GOP. 

Individual tickets cost $500 and a "VIP roundtable" with Pence costs $2,900.