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Mike Pence's Older Brother Was Elected to Congress Last Year, and Yep, He's Part of the Impeachment Inquiry Hearings

No conflict of interest there.

Mike Pence's Older Brother Was Elected to Congress Last Year, and Yep, He's Part of the Impeachment Inquiry Hearings
Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN) shakes hands with younger brother Vice President Mike Pence in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol Building on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is being conducted through hearings by three committees of the House of Representatives:

  • House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • House Intelligence Committee
  • House Oversight Committee

For some hearings, only committee members—appointed by their party—may attend due to the nature of the information or people testifying. Which has not stopped some Republicans from trying to strong arm their way in.

One member appointed to the House Foreign Affairs Committee by the Republican House Steering and Policy committees is Indiana GOP Representative for the 6th congressional district, first term Congressman Greg Pence—a businessman and US Marine Corps veteran.

He is also Vice President Mike Pence's older brother. The seat he holds now for Indiana was once occupied by his younger brother for 12 years.

Pence was given his committee appointments by the GOP at the beginning of the 116th Congress. In addition to Foreign Affairs, he also sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

But it is his assignment to Foreign Affairs that provides Pence with a front-row seat to the impeachment hearings.

Which makes many wonder, is there a conflict of interest perhaps?

And if there is, would Pence support the administration his brother is part of? Or would he favor impeachment and removal of the man who stands between his brother and the Oval Office?

David Priess—who has covered impeachment issues extensively—told Buzzfeed News:

"I have not heard of such a potential conflict of interest, nor do I think it would be a conflict of interest, because the oath of a member of Congress would probably be enough to say they need to weigh the evidence independently."

Priess stated Pence's familial connection would be a larger issue in the Senate.

"The Senate is when there is actually a trial, whereas the impeachment process is more like a grand jury indictment when all of those issues that are being raised about fairness and due process… that comes in the trial [portion]. That’s not related to the initial investigation [for impeachment]."

The impeachment inquiry is ongoing. No date for a House vote has been set.

The book Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House is available here.

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