As it appears ever more likely that Mike Pence will throw his hat in the 2024 presidential ring, the strain on his relationship to former President Donald Trump will be on full display.
Sure, Pence did recently suggest that the Manhattan DA’s indictment of Trump was “outrageous”, but the former Vice President has also been a rather fervent critic of The Don in recent weeks.
Now, in a shocking move that could cause a great deal of trouble for Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, Pence has agreed to testify to authorities regarding the events of January 6th, 2021.
Former Vice PresidentMike Pence will not challenge a ruling ordering him to testify before a grand jury about conversations he had with former President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the 2020 election. The grand jury, empaneled by Special Counsel Jack Smith, is investigating Trump’s role in efforts to overturn the election results.
“Vice President Pence will not appeal the Judge’s ruling and will comply with the subpoena as required by law,” said Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley in a statement obtained by Politico on Wednesday.
U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg ruled in March that Pence would not be exempt from providing testimony. In an appearance on Newsmax the same day, Pence said he had “nothing to hide” and was consulting with his attorneys regarding a potential appeal.
Pence wasn’t so keen at first, however.
Pence had previously sought to block the subpoena and avoid questioning on the events of Jan. 6 entirely. The former VP argued that efforts to secure his testimony were “unconstitutional and unprecedented,” citing the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause. Pence will have to testify about conversations with Trump prior to Jan. 6, but not about anything that happened on Jan. 6 itself, when he was serving as the president of the Senate.
The former Vice President was targeted by Trump supporters personally on January 6th, as many clamored for Pence to use his authority in the Senate to block the certification of the 2020 election results pending an investigation into accusations of foul play.
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