Justice department asks Pence to testify in Trump investigation

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The US Justice Department has asked Mike Pence to testify in its investigation into Donald Trump’s election sabotage and the former vice president was considering the request, sources with knowledge of the situation have told the Guardian.

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Last week, Pence said he would not testify to the House January 6 committee, telling CBS: “Congress has no authority to testify on the separation of powers under the United States Constitution. And I believe that It would set a terrible precedent for Congress to summon a Vice President of the United States to talk about the discussions that took place in the White House.

Pence also said that the committee, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, was too partisan. The panel’s chairman and vice-chairman, Benny Thompson and Liz Cheney, rejected that allegation.

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new york times first informed of News of Pence’s approach and said he believed the Justice Department investigation could not be dismissed.

newspaper Told Pence’s request came before Attorney General Merrick Garland announced last Friday the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation.

Garland said the appointment of career prosecutor Jack Smith would not slow the investigation into Trump’s attempt to stay in power despite losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden, which culminated in the deadly Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.

Smith will also oversee an investigation into Trump’s maintenance of White House records.

Trump has tried to block other senior aides from testifying to the Justice Department, claiming executive privilege. Summons have been sent to many colleagues.

Pence and the Justice Department did not immediately comment on the Times’ report.

On Sunday, Pence was asked whether he believed Trump had committed a crime in relation to the events of Jan. 6, when some Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol chanted “Hang Mike Pence.”

Pence told NBC: “I don’t know if it’s criminal to listen to bad advice from lawyers.”

With an eye on his own presidential run in 2024, Pence must perform a balancing act as he seeks to distance himself from Trump while appealing to Republican voters.

In that spirit he has published a memoir, So Help Me God, which elaborates on his version of events during his time as Trump. The book includes a comprehensive account of Pence’s role and views on Trump’s efforts to stay in office.

Pence ultimately refused to block the certification of Electoral College results, a process over which he presided. Trump wrote, saying he was “too honest” to participate in a conspiracy based on claims of widespread election fraud. But Pence also says Republicans in key states were right to object to the results, because it meant “we’ll have a solid debate”.

Either way, it looks like Trump will have reason to fear Justice Department testimony by his former vice president. In his book and in interviews to promote it, Pence has made clear that he blames Trump for the Capitol riot.

Earlier this month, Pence told ABC Trump’s words and actions “enrage me.”

“But I turned to my daughter who was standing nearby. And I said, ‘It doesn’t take courage to break the law. It takes courage to uphold the law. The President’s words were reckless. It is clear that he decided to be part of the problem.

Source: www.theguardian.com

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