Representatives of the Department of Justice have been reached. Former Vice President Mike Pence to obtain his testimony in a criminal investigation into efforts by former President Donald Trump and allies to obstruct the transition of power after the 2020 election, according to people familiar with the matter.
Pence’s team has indicated the former vice president is willing to discuss a possible deal with the Justice Department to provide some testimony, one of the people said.
The New York Times First reported Access to Pence.
The request comes ahead of the Justice Department appointing a special counsel to oversee two investigations into Trump, including one on January 6, 2021, and one at Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, home and resort. Includes alleged mishandling of classified material found. It’s unclear how the appointment of special counsel Jack Smith will affect negotiations between the Justice Department and Pence’s team.
The Justice Department declined to comment to CNN, as did a representative for Pence.
Pence recently published a memoir. Described some of his interactions. With Trump as the former president wanted to overturn the 2020 election results. The publication of the book raised expectations that the Justice Department would likely seek information about these interactions as part of a criminal investigation.
Pence has declined an interview request from the House Select Committee on Investigations on Jan. 6, but has allowed top aides to testify in the House investigation as well as the Justice Department’s criminal investigation.
CNN previously reported that the Justice Department had successfully obtained answers from top Pence advisers Greg Jacobs and Mark Short in key court victories that could make a criminal investigation more likely. Reaches further into Trump’s inner circle..
Jacobs’ testimony on Oct. 6 marked the first identifiable time that Trump has tried to maintain secrecy surrounding the West Wing in a criminal investigation following a court battle after the 2020 election. A week after Jacobs spoke to the grand jury again, Short had his own grand jury appearance date, CNN reported.
Among a large group of former Trump officials, Jacobs has been one of the most outspoken voices condemning the then-president’s actions since the election, particularly regarding the pressure he and his K’s election attorney, John Eastman, had tried to put it on Pence. Congressional Certification of Presidential Vote.
In his memoir, the former vice president wrote that Trump warned him days before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that he would inspire the hatred of millions as he tried to overturn the 2020 election results. were “too honest”. .
Saying that Trump was “reckless” with his tweet attacking his vice president that day, Pence criticized the former president for the events surrounding the coup. He later told Trump directly, writing that he was angry and outraged by what he had seen that day.
Still, Pence said earlier this month that Congress had “no right” to his testimony and that he was “closing the door” on providing it to the House Select Committee — to the committee’s top two members. It led to sharp criticism.
“The Select Committee has proceeded respectfully and responsibly in our engagement with Vice President Pence, so it is disappointing that he misrepresented the nature of our investigation in an interview to promote his new book. has been,” Benny Thompson and Liz Chaney, who said. Served as chair and vice-chair of the panel, in a joint statement at the time.
This story has been updated with additional details.