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Former Vice President Mike Pence will not appeal a judge’s ruling ordering him to testify before a grand jury in the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, Pence’s spokesman said in a statement.
“Vice President Mike Pence took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, and the special counsel Biden’s unprecedented subpoena was unconstitutional under the Speech or Debate Clause, which he said is critical to protecting the separation of powers outlined by our founders. The court’s decision overruled that principle,” Pence spokesman Devin said. O’Malley said. “The court’s landmark and historic ruling affirmed that for the first time in history the speech or debate division has been extended to the vice president of the United States. Vice President Pence, who has demonstrated that principle of the Constitution, will not appeal the judge’s ruling and will comply with the motion as required by law.”
Pence’s testimony could emerge as a pivotal moment in the special counsel’s investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to sway the 2020 election results. It’s unclear when Pence will testify, although Trump may appeal Judge James Bosberg’s ruling, which ordered Pence to appear before a grand jury.
Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner ahead of the November 2024 election, is under investigation for his efforts to alter the election results, including pressuring Pence not to certify the results, a largely ceremonial role for the vice president. . Pence refused to entertain the idea, paving the way for a rift between the two. Pence is also exploring a presidential run in 2024.