Report: Pence Denies Publication of Photos of Himself Hiding During Jan. 6 Insurrection

Photos reportedly exist of former Vice President Mike Pence hiding in the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 insurrection, but efforts have been made to hide them from the public.

ABC News Chief Washington D.C. Correspondent Jonathan Karl spoke about his experience viewing the photographs on Monday during an interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

Karl stated that he had seen the photographs after getting ahold of the photographer, who was reportedly an official White House photographer that had been with Pence the entire day. Karl had wanted to use the pictures in his upcoming book Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.

"I got ahold of the photographer, I actually saw all of the photographs," Karl told Colbert. "This is the Vice President of the United States, and he's like holed up in a basement."

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The photos reportedly depict parts of a five-hour period in which Pence and members of his family hid in an undisclosed location in the U.S. Capitol, which Karl described as "a loading dock in an underground parking garage."

This was happening as rioters were breaking into the Capitol building attempting to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral victory.

One photo reportedly showed Pence being shown a tweet from former President Donald Trump that slandered him for not "[having] the courage to do what should have been done." Pence is allegedly seen frowning in the picture, Karl stated.

However, when Karl asked Pence's team for permission to publish the photos in his book, his request was vehemently denied. Karl told Colbert that his camp "refused to let me publish the photographs."

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Unpublished photos reportedly exist of former Vice President Mike Pence hiding during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Here, Pence can be seen in the Senate chamber after Congress reconvened that day. congress.gov/Getty

Karl argued during The Late Show that the pictures should be published, as they were "part of the historical record." He also added that he believes House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack would have interest in viewing the pictures.

Additionally, Karl stated that, as the photos were taken by an official White House photographer, they are public records as part of the U.S. National Archives, and thus should be allowed to be viewed by the public.

News of the unpublished photos comes as the House Select Committee continues to investigate the causes of the insurrection. The events of January 6 have been linked to at least five deaths, and caused injuries to over 130 law enforcement officers.

So far, nearly 700 rioters have been charged with a variety of offenses related to the ransacking of the Capitol, from minor fines to federal charges.

The committee also issued six more subpoenas to top Trump aides Monday, including former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Additionally, former Trump official Steve Bannon has been held in contempt of court after ignoring a subpoena from the committee.

Beyond top aides to Trump, the committee has also stated that they would be going all the way to the top if needed, including the former president himself. Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said, "if the evidence leads to former President Trump or anyone else ... the committee is not resonant in pushing back on it. We will go forward with it."

Newsweek has contacted former Vice President Pence's team for comment.