Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks during an event to promote his new book at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation on October 19, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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The Justice Department wants to question former Vice President Mike Pence about the criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s bid to stay in the White House after he lost the 2020 election, This was reported by The New York Times on Wednesday.
Pence is considering cooperating with the investigator, which last week saw Attorney General Merrick Garland appoint a special counsel to oversee the investigation, according to the Times.
Pence previously refused to cooperate with a House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“Thomas Windom, one of the lead investigators looking into efforts to subvert the election, had reached out to Mr. Pence’s team in the weeks before,” Garland appointed special counsel Jack Smith to the probe, the Times reported.
After losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, Republican Trump falsely claimed that he had won the race and that the Democratic victory was the result of widespread voter fraud in several swing states.
A mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, disrupting for hours a joint session of Congress meeting to confirm Biden’s electoral college victory.
Pence was presiding over the session when rioters swarmed the Capitol. He was taken to a safe place in the compound as the police battled the crowd.