Legal Questions Rise Following Donald Trump’s Attacks on Pence

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( – Last week, former President Donald Trump was federally indicted in connection to his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. The indictment by special counsel Jack Smith also focused on Trump’s efforts to block the certification of the electoral votes through the attack on the Capitol.

According to the indictment, Trump had pressured his then-Vice President Mike Pence and other state officials to assist him in overturning the presidential election. On Thursday, Trump pleaded not guilty on all four charges. He has also frequently stated that the charges against him are an attempt by the opposition to block his 2024 presidential campaign as he is currently the frontrunner of the 2024 Republican presidential primary race.

Following Trump’s indictment, Pence’s campaign started selling baseball caps and T-shirts featuring the phrase “Too Honest” a reference to an incident between Trump and Pence where the former President had said Pence was “Too Honest” over his refusal to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Trump has now attacked Pence in response stating that he had never told Pence that, and that he was “delusional” and attempting to appear “tough.”

Legal experts have questioned whether Trump’s statements against Pence could constitute witness intimidation if Pence appears as a witness in the Jan. 6 trial.

Lawyer Aaron Parnas questioned whether these attacks should be considered witness intimidation or if they are instead just attacks between two people who are both in the Republican primary. He argued that while he did not think these comments were witness intimidation, Trump would need to be very careful going forward as there was a fine line to tread between the two.

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