Mike Pence subpoenaed in special counsel investigations into Trump

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Former Vice President Mike Pence was subpoenaed on Thursday as part of the special counsel probe into former President Donald Trump.

ABC News was first to report the development.

The subpoena was issued by special counsel Jack Smith who was tasked by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in November to investigate the classified documents seized in an FBI raid from Mar-a-Lago and the effort to overturn the 2020 election.

It is unclear what information Smith is seeking from Pence, but the subpoena reportedly came as a result of months of negotiations between Pence’s team and the special counsel.

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Garland said that he made the decision to appoint a special counsel based on the announcement from Trump that he has chosen to run for election in 2024 and also based on the presumption that Pence is likely to run for president as well.

Smith worked previously as a public corruption prosecutor.

Pence has previously said that he would absolutely refuse a subpoena from the U.S. House committee investigating the rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. That committee has been concluded after Republicans were able to regain control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections.

The former vice president had been pressured by Trump and his supporters to refuse to certify the results of the 2020 election, but he relented despite reports that some of the rioters on Jan. 6 were seeking to harm him.

The investigation into classified documents found in Trump’s possession has been greatly complicated by the discovery of similarly classified documents found to be possessed by both current President Joe Biden and Mike Pence.

Here’s more about the Pence subpoena:

Trump special counsel subpoenas former Vice President Mike Pencewww.youtube.com

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