In a probe that began on January 6, the U.S. Justice Department wants to talk to Pence.

People familiar with the matter told the New York Times that the U.S. Justice Department wants to question former Vice President Mike Pence as a witness in its criminal investigation of former President Donald Trump’s attempts to stay in power after losing the 2020 election.

The newspaper said on Wednesday that Pence is willing to think about the request. He knows that the Justice Department’s investigation is different from the one done by a House of Representatives committee, which is also looking into the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

In the weeks before Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel on Friday to oversee the Jan. 6 investigation and a separate investigation into how Trump handled classified documents, lead investigator Thomas Windom reached out to Pence’s team.

When Reuters tried to get the office of the special counsel to say something, they refused.

The newspaper says that people are just starting to talk about how to question Pence. Pence has not been called to testify, and the process could take months because Trump could try to stop or slow down his testimony by claiming executive privilege, the article said.

Pence said that Trump was wrong to think that the former vice president could change the results of the 2020 election. Pence and other lawmakers were certifying the election results when Trump supporters attacked the Capitol. This was after the former president had said for weeks that he had won the election, which was not true.

Pence had said before that he might talk to the congressional committee looking into the attack on the Capitol if they asked him to, but he added later that he thought the committee had “a partisan taint.”


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