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Former Prosecutor: These 7 Words Should Disqualify Mike Pence From Ever Holding Public Office Again

Former Vice President Mike Pence recently made it clear that he will not agree to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol that left 5 people dead.

Appearing on “Face the Nation” recently, Pence was asked by Margaret Brennan about cooperating with the committee, to which he replied:

“I never stood in the way of senior members of my team cooperating with the committee and testifying. But Congress has no right to my testimony. We have a separation of powers under the Constitution of the United States. And I believe it would establish a terrible precedent for the Congress to summon a vice president of the United States to speak about deliberations that took place at the White House.”

Those seven words, according to former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, should disqualify Pence from ever holding public office again.

“Let’s be clear: By extension, Mike Pence is saying, ‘The American people have no right to my relevant testimony as Congress goes about trying to craft laws to keep this from ever happening again.'”

Kirschner added that Pence has “some of the most directly relevant evidence [as] to what happened.”

Now that Republicans have retaken control of the House of Representatives, it’s safe to predict that they will shut down the Jan. 6 committee. But their work can be transferred to the Senate, which will remain under Democratic control.

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DOJ Requests Testimony From Pence As Part Of Its Criminal Investigation Of Trump: Report

The Justice Department has contacted former Vice President Mike Pence and his legal team requesting Pence’s witness testimony as part of the ongoing criminal investigation of disgraced ex-president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election so he could remain in power.

According to The New York Times, “Thomas Windom, one of the lead investigators examining the efforts to overturn the election, reached out to Mr. Pence’s team in the weeks before Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed a special counsel on Friday.”

Garland appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee the DOJ’s investigations regarding January 6, 2021 and his hoarding of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago in violation of federal law.

The Times notes:

“Mr. Pence, according to people familiar with his thinking, is open to considering the request, recognizing that the Justice Department’s criminal investigation is different from the inquiry by the House Jan. 6 committee, whose overtures he has flatly rejected.”

While the Justice Department has reached out to Pence’s attorneys, the report adds, “the discussions about questioning Mr. Pence are said to be in their early stages. Mr. Pence has not been subpoenaed, and the process could take months, because Mr. Trump can seek to block, or slow, his testimony by trying to invoke executive privilege.”

Pence could prove to be very important as the DOJ continues to weigh what actions it will take against Trump. Multiple federal grand juries are currently sitting to investigate both Jan. 6 and the classified document matter. Those could result in indictments against the former president for charges ranging from seditious conspiracy and violations of the Espionage Act.

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Mike Pence Gets Shredded After Attacking Biden’s Speech About MAGA GOP Extremism

Mike Pence joined a debate he should have left alone by criticizing a speech President Joe Biden made recently in which he criticized the extreme views of the MAGA Republicans who continue to remain loyal to Donald Trump and make excuses for his every illegal action.

In case you missed it, here’s what Biden said:

“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”

Pence, who is clearly trying to mend fences with the far right wing of his party that still worships Trump, took to Twitter and began slamming Biden for daring to speak the truth:

“Did you see that speech last week? President Biden held a partisan campaign rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, flanked by uniformed United States Marines, and revealed what’s truly at stake in the next election.”

“Never before in the history of our nation has a President stood before the American people and accused millions of his own countrymen of being a ‘threat to this country.’ To top it off, President Biden had the audacity to claim, ‘I’m asking our nation to come together, to unite.’”

Those are bold (and incredibly stupid) words coming from a man that Trump suggested might should have been hanged on January 6 to placate the rioting thugs who attacked the U.S. Capitol. As House Select Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney noted at a hearing in June:

“Aware of the rioters chants to ‘hang Mike Pence’, the president responded with this sentiment: ‘Maybe our supporters have the right idea’. Mike Pence ‘deserves it.’”

But now Pence wants to take umbrage with Biden for calling it like he sees it and making it clear to American voters what’s at stake when they go to cast their ballots in November?

The former VP’s postings raised eyebrows and ire on social media.

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Liz Cheney Says Mike Pence Is ‘In Discussions’ To Testify Before The J6 Committee In September

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) says former vice president Mike Pence is “in discussions” about testifying before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol when the panel restarts its hearing in September.

Cheney was asked about Pence possibly testifying by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl for an interview that will air on Sunday. She replied:

“So we’ve been in discussions with his counsel.”

Cheney was also asked about remarks Pence made Wednesday in New Hampshire. Specifically, Pence said:

“If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it. But you’ve heard me mention the Constitution a few times this morning. Under the Constitution, we have three co-equal branches of government. Any invitation that would be directed at me, I would have to reflect on the unique role that was serving then as vice president.”

To that, Cheney told Karl:

“I didn’t see his specific comments this week, but it sounds like they were pretty similar to what his counsel has been saying. And I think, look, he played a critical role on Jan. 6. “If he had succumbed to the pressure that Donald Trump was putting on him, we would have had a much worse constitutional crisis. And I think that he has clearly, as he’s expressed, concerns about executive privilege, which — I have tremendous respect, I think it’s hugely important constitutional issue, in terms of separation of powers. I believe in executive privilege, I think it matters, but I also think that when the country has been something as grave as this was, everyone who has information has an obligation to step forward.”

She added:

“So I would hope that he would do that. I would hope that he will understand how important it is for the American people to know every aspect of the truth about what happened that day.”

If indeed Pence does agree to testify, we might finally know exactly what pressure Trump exerted on the VP in an effort to have him not certify the Electoral College votes, even though Pence didn’t have that power.

Pence’s testimony might also be what winds up leading to criminal charges against Trump for his role in the Capitol insurrection.

 

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Mike Pence’s Former Chief Of Staff Testified Before A Grand Jury Investigating Jan. 6: Report

For anyone suggesting that the Justice Department under the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland isn’t taking the violent rioting and insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 seriously, a report from ABC News shows that the DOJ is indeed fully invested in finding out what happened and charging those involved.

Just last week, the report notes, Marc Short, who served as chief of staff for former Vice President Mike Pence, appeared before a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C.

Marc Short was caught by an ABC News camera departing D.C. District Court on Friday alongside his attorney, Emmet Flood.

Short appeared under subpoena, sources said.

Short would be the highest-ranking Trump White House official known to have appeared before the grand jury.

Short declined to comment to ABC News. His attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office also declined to comment.

In March, the Department of Justice expanded its criminal probe into the events of Jan. 6 to include preparations for the rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol, as well as the financing for the event, multiple sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

If the grand jury subpoenaed Short, it’s probably just a matter of time before Pence is also called for testimony. And Pence knows details of what took place in the White House prior to Jan. 6 that few other members of the Trump administration would, and additional subpoenas have already gone out:

Grand jury subpoenas were sent to those who assisted in the organizing and planning of former President Donald Trump’s “Save America” rally on the Ellipse near the White House, the sources said, with prosecutors seeking multiple records and documents related to the rally, including text messages and emails, as well as potential communications with other individuals regarding the logistics of the event.

Just last week, Garland hinted that his office was indeed looking closely at what transpired on Jan. 6, telling reporters:

“There is a lot of speculation about what the Justice Department is doing, what’s it not doing, what our theories are and what our theories aren’t, and there will continue to be that speculation. We have to hold accountable every person who is criminally responsible for trying to overturn a legitimate election, and we must do it in a way filled with integrity and professionalism.”

Don’t be surprised if the same grand jury that heard from Marc Short last week begins handing down indictments before the end of summer. That’s the reason they were impaneled in the first place.