Former US V-P Mike Pence must testify in Jan 6 attack probe, judge rules: Reports

WASHINGTON – A federal judge has ruled that former US Vice-President Mike Pence must testify to a grand jury about conversations he had with former President Donald Trump leading up to the Jan 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, a source familiar with the ruling said on Tuesday.

In a ruling that remains under seal, the judge also said that Mr Pence can still decline to answer questions related to Jan 6, the source said, adding that Mr Pence can still appeal the ruling. The appeal option is being evaluated, the source said.

The source, confirming reports by CNN and NBC, said the judge’s decision compels Mr Trump’s former vice-president to appear before the federal grand jury but shields him from testifying about Jan 6, 2021, itself.

Ahead of the Jan 6 events, Mr Trump had repeatedly lambasted Mr Pence, publicly and privately, for refusing to try to prevent Congress from certifying Mr Biden’s win in the 2020 election, sources told Reuters at the time.

Representatives for Special Prosecutor Jack Smith, who is leading the US Department of Justice’s investigation into Mr Trump and his allies’ alleged efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Mr Pence’s representatives decline to comment.

Mr Pence, who is exploring a challenge to Mr Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, is fighting a grand jury subpoena to secure his testimony, sources have told Reuters. REUTERS

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