Former Vice President Mike Pence appeared for more than seven hours before a grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, according to sources with knowledge of his testimony.
Federal prosecutors were interested in questioning the former vice president about the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and the events surrounding the attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Pence testified before a grand jury in D.C. District Court. Grand jury testimony and related proceedings take place in secret and are protected from the public by federal law.
A three-judge panel of the DC Circuit Appellate Division on Wednesday night Former President Donald Trump rejected the argument That Pence should be shielded from testifying about his interactions with Trump in the final weeks of his administration.
Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is overseeing the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into whether any entity “unlawfully interfered” with the Electoral College’s certification and transfer of power on Jan. 6, filed Pence in February. Smith is in charge of investigating another case involving Trump, the misuse of documents with classified markings that ended up at Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago.
The former vice president initially tried to resist the subpoena, arguing that he was protected from questioning under the Constitution’s “speech or debate” clause because of his role as Senate president.
In early April, A federal judge ruled That Pence would have to testify about any involvement by Trump in trying to sway the 2020 election. But D.C. District Chief Judge James Bosberg also ruled that the “speech or debate clause” gave Pence some protection from testifying to Congress about his role as Senate president on Jan. 6, 2021, but he had to testify about Trump’s illegal actions.
The former president has consistently denied wrongdoing and characterized Smith’s investigation as politically motivated.
This is a developing story.
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