Capitol storming: Former Vice President Pence will have to testify about his conversations with Trump

Capitol Assault: Former Vice President Pence to testify on his conversations with Trump


A U.S. judge has ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to testify about conversations he had with Donald Trump before the Capitol stormed, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.

That magistrate, James Boasberg, ruled that Mr. Pence should provide answers to a federal grand jury with respect to any issues related to the investigation of potential crimes committed by the former president.

But Mike Pence may refuse to discuss his actions on the day of the assault, when he served as Senate chairman certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election, according to the same source.

The judge's decision, which has not been made public, represents a partial victory for the Department of Justice, which is investigating the attack on the Capitol, linked to several deaths and during of which more than 100 police officers were injured.

More than 1,000 people were arrested.

Donald Trump is seeking a new u term in 2024 and Mike Pence could be among those who will challenge him for the Republican nomination.

Investigators are examining Mr. Trump's role in the violence that erupted on January 6, 2021, as part of of what it would have been more broadly an attempt to stay in power after losing the presidential election to Joe Biden.

Mr. Pence, as well as the special prosecutor appointed by the Department of Justice, Jack Smith, can challenge the parts of the decision not in their favor.