The DOJ plans to interview Mike Pence as part of the Jan. 6 Trump investigation

The Justice Department wants to use Mike Pence as a witness in its investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to stay in the White House after losing the 2020 election.

The New York Times reported that Pence is reviewing the request. The former vice president refused to cooperate with the House Special Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 riot, but he sees the Justice Department’s criminal investigation as a different matter, officials close to him told the Post.

Trump will likely try to invoke executive privilege to suspend Pence or limit his testimony. The former president took the franchise along with other former officials, with limited success.

Pence will be the senior official who spoke to him during the investigation into Trump’s actions. He was present at many meetings and conversations that accused Trump and his allies of trying to keep the former president in office and nullify Joe Biden’s victory.

He also came under heavy pressure from Trump not to recognize the Electoral College count on Jan. 6, which Pence oversaw in a ceremonial role as vice president.

The request came before the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to oversee the Trump investigation — on Jan. 6 and after documents were classified in Mar-a-Lago, CNN reported.

It is unclear how the appointment of Special Counsel Jack Smith will affect demand. The Department of Justice did not subpoena Pence.

MIKE PENCE Jan. 6: The Justice Department wants to question Mike Pence as a witness in its investigation into Donald Trump's efforts to remain in the White House.

MIKE PENCE Jan. 6: The Justice Department wants to question Mike Pence as a witness in its investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to remain in the White House.

Donald Trump addresses supporters outside the White House on January 6

Donald Trump addresses supporters outside the White House on January 6

MAGA supporters flock to the Capitol on Jan. 6

MAGA supporters flock to the Capitol on Jan. 6

Pence and Trump spoke on the phone on the morning of January 6. The details of that conversation have not been fully disclosed.

His former aides said Pence was at the vice president’s house when the call came in. Then he left the room and was out of earshot for 15 to 20 minutes.

Those Pence aides told the committee Jan. 6 that Pence did not share the substance of the call with them, Politico reported, and Pence did not say how he responded to Trump’s pressure campaign at the last minute.

Officials told the committee that Trump had a theory about how the election results could be nullified.

He wanted Pence to return elections to a few GOP-controlled state legislatures to appoint new presidential electors.

The New York Times reported that Trump told Pence, “You can either go down in history as a patriot, or you can go down in history as a patriot.”

Pence, in the middle of a book tour, is considering running for president from the Republican Party.

Trump will likely oppose any efforts by Pence to testify — as he has with two former Pence aides: Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short and Pence’s general counsel Greg Jacob.

Ultimately, it was decided that the two men could testify—and they did in a closed grand jury trial—but the process of obtaining their testimony was lengthy given Trump’s legal maneuvers to stop it.

Pence, 63, was on Capitol Hill in his ceremonial role as supervisor of the Electoral College census to confirm the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021.

As the rioters entered the Capitol, Secret Service agents removed Pence from the Senate. Eventually it was moved to a loading dock in one of the garages.

A mob of MAGA supporters erected a gallows with a noose in front of the building and at one point Pence was only 40 feet from the trespassers.

Cheers of “Hang Mike Pence” could be heard from the rioters. Pence told ABC News that the situation with Trump made him “angry.”

He was a loyal lieutenant of Trump during her four-year term, repeatedly telling Trump he had no constitutional power to change the results of the Electoral College.

Pence also told ABC News that only Trump can answer why the then-president did not take calls to security officials during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Former Vice President David Muir told the ABC reporter he was at the Capitol during that time, so he couldn’t say what Trump, who was in the White House, was doing.

“I was in the Capitol. I wasn’t in the White House,” Pence said in an interview with ABC News. “I can’t explain what the president did that day. I was in the loading dock at the Capitol where there was a riot.

Pence was seen with his daughter Charlotte, 29, during the Jan. 6 riot

Pence was seen with his daughter Charlotte, 29, during the Jan. 6 riot

The rioters erected a gallows in front of the Capitol building and chanted,

Rioters erected a gallows in front of the Capitol building and chanted “Hang Mike Pence!”

In his memoirs, excerpts of which were published by The Wall Street Journal the day after the midterm elections, Pence recounts how his protection squad got him out of the Senate.

He said the Secret Service urged him to leave the building, but he refused—he didn’t want to be seen speeding away in his motorcade and giving the rioters a sense of victory.

“We slowly walked out into the auditorium. There was movement and chaos all around us: security and police escorting people to safety, staff screaming and taking cover. I could hear angry footsteps and cheers,” Pence wrote.

“It took me a few more minutes to get down to the Capitol basement because I insisted on walking, not running.

“The Secret Service team reluctantly accepted me.”

He described how his aide showed him Trump’s tweet and accused Pence of cowardice for not vetoing the election.

“Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what needed to be done to protect our Country and our Constitution and give states an opportunity to assert a set of facts that are correct, not disingenuous or inaccurate facts,” Trump wrote on Twitter. , which they were asked to validate in advance. The United States is asking for the truth! “

He said he met Trump on January 11th.

He looked tired and his voice sounded lower than usual. ‘how are you?’ He began. “How are Karen and Charlotte doing?”

I replied curtly that we were fine and told him they were at the Capitol on January 6th.

Sorry, I just found out, he replied. Then he asked, “Were you afraid?”

I replied, “No, I was angry. You and I had our differences that day, Mr. President, and it made me angry to see those people destroying the Capitol.”

He began addressing the election, saying people were angry, but his voice slowed.

I told him he needed to put that aside, and he calmly replied, “Yes.”

Pence then described a January 14 conversation with Trump after his second impeachment trial.

“He looked frustrated, so I reminded him I was praying for him.

He said “don’t bother”.

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