(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – According to a report, a federal judge ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to testify to a grand jury about conversations he had with then-President Donald Trump leading to January 6, 2021, events at the US Capitol.
The ruling was issued by chief judge James Boasberg of the US District Court in Washington, DC, and remains under seal. However, it has been revealed by a CNN report quoting “multiple sources familiar with” its provisions.
“The ruling… is a major win for special counsel Jack Smith, who is spearheading the Justice Department investigation [into the breach of the US Capitol on 1/6,” the leftist news outlet comments.
According to the report, the judge allowed Mike Pence to refuse to answer questions regarding his own actions on January 6, 2021.
On that day, Pence, in his capacity as president of the US Senate, certified the results from the 2020 presidential election disputed by his then-boss, Donald Trump.
The former vice president can still appeal Boasberg’s ruling that he has to testify about his pre-1/6 conversations with Trump.
In an interview on Tuesday, Pence told Newsmax that his legal team was still “evaluating the court’s decision.”
“The requirements of my testimony going forward are a subject of our review right now, and I’ll have more to say about that in the days ahead,” said the GOP politician deemed a 2024 White House hopeful.
The ruling against Pence came after he challenged the subpoena of DOJ Special Counsel Jack Smith last month. In the legal challenge, the former vice president claimed legislative privilege based on the Constitution’s “speech or debate clause.”
However, law experts have viewed Pence’s claim, which usually applies to members of Congress, as “a novel legal theory,” according to a report by The National Review.
Special Counsel Jack Smith was appointed in November by President Joe Biden’s Attorney General, Merrick Garland, to oversee the Justice Department’s probe into claims that Trump sought to overturn the 2020 election.
“I am going to fight the Biden DOJ subpoena for me to appear before the grand jury because I believe it’s unconstitutional and unprecedented,” Pence declared at an event in February.
Pence’s loss has arrived against former President Trump’s legal defeats in recent attempts to claim executive privilege to prevent those around him from testifying.
“The ruling comes as former president Donald Trump accrues loss after loss in his attempts to shield those around him from testifying on the separate grounds of executive privilege,” the Review commented.
“Trump attempted to exert the privilege on Pence’s behalf. He also attempted to exert it on behalf of ex-advisors like Mark Meadows, John Ratcliffe, and Robert O’Brien. It came to light last week that they too would be forced to testify,” it noted further.
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