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“In talking to some members of the RNC, I think that there is concern that there are people who were there peacefully protesting, who’ve been pulled into this, what I think is more become a prosecution by the January 6 committee and feel like they’re being unfairly treated.”

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack does not have the ability to prosecute anyone; at most it can make a criminal referral to the Department of Justice.

Although Short said that Pence had concerns about the election, he said Pence never wavered in that his role on January 6 was solely to certify the election.

“There’s nothing in the 12th amendment or the Electoral Count Act that would afford a vice president that authority,” Short said, outlining how Pence viewed his role in the process.

Short, however, said Pence ‘has significant concerns about the election,” but affirmed that the process for making challenges or changes to election results concluded with the Electoral College meeting on December 14.

Short specifically highlighted issues about the legitimacy of mail-in voting, despite there being no evidence of fraud. “The reality is that there was not enough significant fraud that was presented that would have overturned any of those states’ elections,” he said.

As for the result, Short stated, “I believe that Joe Biden is the duly elected president of the United States, yes.”

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