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.
@BuzzFeedNews Mike Pence's OLDER brother?? 😬— J𝐨𝐡и Sт𝐞мрl𝐞™ 🥑 (@J𝐨𝐡и Sт𝐞мрl𝐞™ 🥑)1571849189.0
@carver76 @BuzzFeedNews OMG, there's two of them?— Susan K (@Susan K)1571864150.0
@BuzzFeedNews There are two of them?😡🤮🤢— timerose666 (@timerose666)1571856764.0
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.
Rep. Greg Pence, a freshman lawmaker and Vice President Mike Pence's older brother, serves on one of the committees… https://t.co/wUKEXXrjmr— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeed News)1571849125.0
@BuzzFeedNews @DJHGOPexit So why did so many GOP representatives feel the need to storm the SCIF instead of just waiting for him to spill?— CrunchyMama 🏳️🌈 (@CrunchyMama 🏳️🌈)1571849994.0
@CrnchyMama @BuzzFeedNews @DJHGOPexit They're all showbjz clowns. Ringling Circus closed, the clowns just moved to… https://t.co/MuC01DP1Yp— Susan K (@Susan K)1571864016.0
@LOLGOP How weird is this? Hey @mattgaetz do you really think this isn’t enough exposure to the process for Trumpland?— Jormungandr_49 (@Jormungandr_49)1571865289.0
@JoyAnnReid There 46 Republicans and 62 Democrats- on the three committees - Intelligence, Oversight & Foreign Affa… https://t.co/z8JuJT2tv5— KD (@KD)1571858149.0
And Media: please cover the fact that Rep. Greg Pence, Vice President’s brother, is sitting in on the “top secret”… https://t.co/XfHBAbjEM4— LiA (@LiA)1571858984.0
Which makes many wonder, is there a conflict of interest perhaps?
@BuzzFeedNews Well we're screwed! I'm sure the older Pence is filling in all kinds of stuff to his brother and the dipshit president SMDH— michele (@michele)1571858586.0
@LOLGOP An other rat then ?...euuuu cow https://t.co/rlyoJAVZMm— belmic (@belmic)1571865690.0
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?
@mikedebonis @Bencjacobs @RepAndyBiggsAZ Hmm...is Greg Pence trying to help out his little brother, Mike, get a promotion?— Jay Waters (@Jay Waters)1571692378.0
Millions of Americans are discovering Greg Pence today and saying, "Oh, he's the Eric Trump." https://t.co/qCqPEAj7sf— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP)1571865109.0
@LOLGOP Shouldn't he recuse?— …(((ShrikeTron)))…🔠🆘 (@…(((ShrikeTron)))…🔠🆘)1571866207.0
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.