Pence Loses In Court?

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( – On Tuesday aides revealed that former Vice President Pence is not planning on appealing a ruling that would mandate that he testifies in front of a grand jury regarding the events surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Last week, a federal judge determined that Pence would be required to testify about former President Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. However, the judge also claimed that Pence would not have to provide any testimony relating to his role in Congress. Pence’s team had previously argued that Pence was protected under the Constitution’s Speech and Debate Clause from having to testify for his role in Congress as on that day he was acting in his role as president of the Senate.

Devin O’Malley, Pence’s aide stated that the historic ruling by the court showed for the first time that “the Speech or Debate Clause extends to the Vice President of the United States.” He added that Pence would not be appealing the judge’s ruling and would “comply with the subpoena as required by law.”

Earlier this year, special counsel Jack Smith subpoenaed Pence for his testimony in regard to his probe into Trump’s attempts to overturn the election and his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Pence and his team had argued that as on that day he was acting in his role as President of the Senate he was essentially a member of the legislative branch and thus protected from subpoenas under the “speech and debate” clause of the Constitution.

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