Trump Fighting To Keep Pence Out

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( – Former President Trump’s legal team is appealing a sealed order that would mandate that former Vice President Pence should provide a limited testimony following the subpoena he received from the Justice Department.

A judge determined that Pence would be required to answer the questions asked about Trump’s attempts to overturn the election, but that he would not be required to answer any questions relating to his duties in Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, during the Capitol attack. Pence’s lawyers disclosed that they would not be appealing the ruling as D.C. District Court Chief Judge James Boasberg sided with Pence by claiming that as the president of the Senate on that day he was protected from having to answer questions about his duties.

While Pence’s legal team considered that the judge narrowly applied the ruling, they did state he agreed with Pence’s argument on constitutional grounds. They further added that Trump’s team may seek to appeal the ruling on executive privilege grounds. According to an official Pence was going to comply with the decision made relating to executive privilege.

With the current ruling, Pence was going to have the right to avoid some questions that he might be asked in regard to Trump, which could potentially leave him some breathing ground since he is considering launching his own race for the White House in 2024.

Trump’s legal team however is going to be appealing the judge’s ruling. Trump’s team has so far refused to speak about the appeal but has argued that the former President is able to block the testimony because of executive privilege.

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