The former chief of staff to former Vice President Mike Pence is cooperating with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, CNN reports.
The aide, Marc Short, was subpoenaed by the committee just weeks ago.
Short remains one of Pence’s closest advisers and is a firsthand witness to many critical events the committee is examining, including what happened to Pence at the Capitol on January 6 and how former President Donald Trump pressured the former vice president not to certify the presidential election that day.
Short’s assistance signals a greater openness among Pence’s inner circle. One source told CNN the committee is getting “significant cooperation with Team Pence,” even if the committee has not openly discussed that. Another source told CNN that Short’s help is an example of the “momentum” the investigation is enjoying behind the scenes.
Short is known to be one of Pence’s most loyal aides and has been with the former VP for over 10 years. He was by Pence’s side for most of the events on Jan. 6 and was rushed out of the Senate chamber along with Pence as the pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol — some of whom were chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!”
Short’s role is backing Pence’s decision to certify the 2020 election’s results brought him the ire of former President Donald Trump, who banned him from the White House after the riot.