Capitol Storm: US Justice Wants to Hear Mike Pence's Testimony
Former Vice President Mike Pence
The US Department of Justice wants to question Donald Trump's former vice president, Mike Pence, as part of the investigation into the Republican billionaire's efforts to invalidate the 2020 presidential results, reported Wednesday several American media.
Mr. Pence will consider the testimonial request, according to sources interviewed by the New York Times and CNN.
US Justice Secretary Merrick Garland last week appointed a special prosecutor to independently investigate the ex-president, who has announced his 2024 presidential bid.
This independent prosecutor now oversees two separate investigations carried out for months by the federal justice.
The first concerns Donald Trump's efforts to contest his defeat in the presidential election of 2020, until the assault led by his supporters on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, when the victory of his Democratic rival Joe Biden was certified.
The second looks at the management by the ex-president of confidential documents supposed to be archived after his departure from the White House. However, the special prosecutor will only be responsible for issuing a recommendation on whether or not Donald Trump should be charged and it will be up to the minister to decide.
US court's request for Mike Pence, who has not yet been officially subpoenaed as a witness, predates the appointment of the independent prosecutor, according to the New York Times .
The former Republican president had publicly pressured Mr. Pence not to certify the election results on January 6 2021.
Actions denounced as irresponsible by Mike Pence, who nevertheless refused to be heard during the House of Representatives Committee of Inquiry into the x27;capitol attack.
A potential 2024 presidential candidate, Mr. Pence may consider testifying this time around, as he is a criminal investigation, according to the New York Times.
Donald Trump could try to prevent the testimony of his former vice-president by brandishing a prerogative of power e executive to keep his communications confidential, as he tried to do with other officials called to testify in the federal investigation.