(Republicaninformer.com)- To lead the Justice Department’s criminal investigation of Trump, including the claims that he kept sensitive national security material at his Mar-a-Lago property and other facets of the Jan. 6 probe, special counsel Jack Smith was appointed in November.
Special counsels have extensive subpoena authority, and it’s not always obvious what material or persons the subpoenas will request.
Jack Smith, the special counsel in charge of the investigations against former president Donald Trump has subpoenaed former vice president Mike Pence.
In November, sources said that the Justice Department had contacted Pence concerning Trump’s alleged attempts to rig the 2020 election and the presidential inauguration on January 6, 2021. At the time, sources with knowledge of the situation said that Pence had received the request and was examining it.
Before completing its inquiry on the assault on January 6, 2017, the committee said that they wanted to talk with Pence. Despite stating that it would be “unique in history for a vice president to be invited to appear on Capitol Hill,” Pence said in August that he would “consider” testifying before the committee. Presidents and vice presidents still in office have sometimes been asked to testify before legislators. Pence subsequently claimed that the committee had “no right” to hear his testimony on “Face the Nation.”
While Trump has officially announced his candidacy for president in 2024, Pence is still debating whether to do so.
The House committee and the Justice Department inquiry were two different investigations, and the House committee has since been abolished.
Former top Trump aide Johnny McEntee, Tom Fitton (president of the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch), and former top homeland security official Ken Cuccinelli have all been spotted in recent weeks at the courthouse where several grand juries have been meeting to determine whether criminal charges against Trump are necessary for his mishandling of classified documents after his election or his interference in the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021.