Former US Vice President Mike Pence testified before a grand jury in Washington for more than five hours as part of the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. According to media reports, Pence was subpoenaed to describe conversations he had with Trump on Jan. 6, in which Trump allegedly pressured Pence to disregard and block the election results. At the time, Pence, who was acting as Senate president, refused to go along with Trump’s demands and said he had to follow the Constitution, even if he believed there was voter fraud.
This testimony by Pence is significant, as he had remained silent for two years, from Trump’s impeachment to the Jan. 6 committee investigation into the Capitol assault, refusing to answer questions. In addition, his testimony is likely to have political implications, as it has been mentioned that he is a possible presidential pre-candidate for the Republican Party.
Trump reportedly attempted to block Pence from testifying before the grand jury, which could indicate that the former vice president’s statement was upsetting to the former president. The investigation into Trump’s efforts to cling to power between the November 2020 election and the January 6, 2021, Capitol storming is still ongoing, and Pence’s testimony may provide valuable information about the events and actions leading up to the Capitol takeover.
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