Mike Pence, former US Vice President Donald Trump, appeared before a grand jury in Washington charged with considering the possibility of prosecuting the former president and his advisors for their role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol building and the attempt to forcefully prevent Joe Biden from becoming president. Pence testified before the judiciary as part of a federal investigation on this matter, the first time that a vice president testified against his boss in the history of the United States.
US media reported Thursday that former US Vice President Mike Pence Donald Trump He testified in court Thursday as part of a federal investigation into Trump’s role in the 2021 attack on the Capitol.
Pence appeared before a grand jury in Washington considering whether to sue the former president and his advisers for the January 6, 2021 attempt to forcibly prevent Joe Biden from becoming president.
Trump’s lawyers sought to block Pence’s testimony, arguing that his executive power as president meant he could prevent Pence from talking about internal matters in the White House. And Wednesday, a federal court rejected Trump’s request.
Pence was a key player in the events of January 6, 2021. On that day, he would have presided over both houses of the US Congress to officially certify Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 presidential election.
Citing unsubstantiated allegations of fraud and unsubstantiated legal justifications, Trump has repeatedly urged Pence not to certify Biden’s victory. He also asked thousands of his followers to protest that day in Washington, in a demonstration that turned into a riot after participants tried to enter the Capitol building, forcing its members to halt the certification process.
A number of those directly involved in the attack on the Capitol have been tried and convicted for inflammatory conspiracy, while Trump is being investigated by Special Counsel at the Department of Justice Jack Smith to see if his role violated criminal laws. Pence’s testimony comes as he studies the possibility of him running in the presidential race against Trump in the Republican camp in 2024.