DOJ Wants Pence Testimony for Jan. 6 Investigation

Donald Trump and Mike Pence

(DCWatchdog.com) – President Joe Biden’s Justice Department has moved to interrogate former US Vice President Mike Pence in its criminal investigation on whether his former boss, President Donald Trump, tried to remain in power unlawfully after the 2020 election, according to a report.

Pence “is open to considering” the DOJ’s questioning request, according to “people familiar with his thinking,” The New York Times reported, as cited by Newsmax.

“Trump may invoke executive privilege to stop him or at least limit his testimony, something he has tried to do with other officials with some success,” the article hypothesized.

According to the NYT, Mike Pence is believed to “have played a critical role” in frustrating the alleged attempts by Trump and his allies to prevent the US Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory.

Trump has repeatedly demonstrated he was angry with his vice president as on January 6, 2021, Pence said that as President of the US Senate, he didn’t have the legal authority to stop the election results’ certification.

The report said Mike Pence’s team was contacted by Thomas Windom, one of the lead DOJ investigators.

Windom reached out shortly before Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to supervise both the January 6 investigation and the separate probe into Trump’s potential mishandling of classified government papers.

The DOJ has not officially subpoenaed Mike Pence. However, the subpoena process could take several months as his former boss could invoke executive privilege to stop or slow his potential testimony.

Trump has already invoked executive privilege to prevent testimonies by two Pence aides: Marc Short, the former chief of staff, and Greg Jacob, Pence’s general counsel. Short and Jacob eventually ended up doing grand jury interviews behind closed doors.

Mike Pence, considered hopeful for the 2024 presidential nomination of the Republican Party, has publicly criticized Donald Trump’s actions after the 2020 election.

At the same time, in interviews on his newly-released book, “So Help Me God,” Pence argued that the US Congress didn’t have the right to ask him to testify.

“There’s profound separation-of-powers issues. And it would be a terrible precedent,” Pence told The New York Times.

He was referring to the investigation of the Democrat-dominated January 6 select committee of the US House of Representatives, which is separate from the Justice Department’s probes.

In his book, Pence conveyed his impression that Trump intended to remain in office after the 2020 election by using “extraordinary means.”

“Biden’s Justice Department seeks to use Pence as a potential witness against Trump, which could pit them against one another,” Fox News commented.