The Justice Department reportedly wants to question former Vice President Mike Pence as a witness as part of a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to stay in office after the 2020 election. new York Times informed of.
The former vice president, whose life was threatened during a riot at the Capitol on January 6 after he refused to overturn the election results, is reportedly open to speaking out. Mr. Pence reportedly sees the investigation by the Justice Department as separate from that conducted by the House Select Committee probing the January 6 riots.
But the former president could also try to invoke executive privilege were his former vice president to testify. Mr Trump made the move after it came to the fore of other former officials such as former adviser Steve Bannon.
Similarly, Mr. Trump tried to strangle Mr. Pence’s former chief of staff, Mark Short, and his former general counsel, Greg Jacobs, but both men testified after the Justice Department later fended off efforts to invoke executive privilege. Gave.
The Justice Department wants to question Mr. Pence because he was present during key moments in which Mr. Trump and various loyalists sought to block the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
Such testimony will also come as Mr. Pence is promoting his memoir, so help me GodIn which he describes his decision not to go along with Mr. Trump’s plan.
Thomas Windom, one of the investigators probing the effort to overturn the election, reportedly contacted Mr Pence’s team after Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a special counsel to investigate the former president.
Last week, Mr. Garland nominated Jack Smith to oversee the former president’s investigation after Mr. Trump announced he would run for president again in 2024 and President Joe Biden indicated he would run again.
Emmett Flood, a longtime Washington attorney, represents Mr. Pence. Mr Flood served as chief counsel to the Trump White House during the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller into the role of Russian interference in the 2020 election.
Mr Flood is also representing other former Trump administration officials caught in the crosshairs of multiple investigations.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /