Greg Pence, Mike Pence's Brother, Votes Against Jan. 6 Commission, Calls It 'Cover-up for Failed Biden Admin'

The brother of former Vice President Mike Pence is defending his House vote against a commission to investigate the violent attack on the United State Capitol that forced his brother into a secured location, calling it a "cover-up for the failed Biden administration."

"I was here with him, he never left his post," U.S. Representative Greg Pence, a Republican from Indiana, told reporters at the Capitol on Thursday. "We impeached the president weeks, days later and now here we are having an investigation? Sounds a little bassackwards, right?"

The 1/6 Commission, modeled after the panel assigned to review the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, would review the lead-up to the attack, Capitol security, and future measures that should be taken to prevent another Capitol security issue.

The House approved the legislation for the bipartisan 1/6 Commission on a 252-to-175 vote, after 35 Republicans sided with Democrats in favor of its creation.

On January 6, then-Vice President Pence was overseeing the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election when hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol to try to disrupt the event. Trump had directed his followers to the Capitol after a rally near the White House.

According to multiple reports, Mike Pence had called for reinforcements, but there was a delay in the deployment of the National Guard. His wife and daughter were with him at the Capitol and also had to be whisked to safety by his Secret Service detail.

Security video that was released during the impeachment trial showed Mike Pence and his family narrowly evading the rioters and people shouting "Hang Mike Pence" outside the building.

Trump later was impeached on January 13 by the House for a second time for his alleged role in the attempted insurrection. He was acquitted by the Senate on February 13.

Now holding meetings with GOP leaders at his private club in Florida, the former president has called on Republican lawmakers to reject the January 6 Commission legislation, calling it a "Democrat trap."

"Why did we impeach and now we are going to investigate?" Greg Pence asked Thursday. "How many weeks ago is that? The whole thing is a coverup for the failed Biden administration."

Greg Pence declined to describe his brother's actions that day.

"I'm gonna keep that to myself. He was a hero," he said.

The former vice president's brother also said that he thinks the effort to establish an independent commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection is politically motivated against Trump. Though some reports have described a rift between Mike Pence and Trump, both have pushed back saying they remain allies.

"I think the whole thing is to spend the summer of impeaching Donald Trump again," Greg Pence said. "It's a dog and pony show. It's another impeachment."

He said he doesn't expect the bipartisan commission to pass muster in the U.S. Senate, which holds a razor-thin Democratic majority and would need at least 10 Republicans to pass.

"I don't think it will get through the Senate," said Greg Pence.

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Greg Pence, brother of former Vice President Mike Pence and then-candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks at a campaign rally on November 2, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images