The Justice Department reached out to talk to the former Vice PresidentIn the department’s ongoing investigation into surrounding events It is also suspected of an attempt by former President Donald Trump and his supporters to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CBS News.
The former vice president has received the request and is considering it, a source familiar with the matter told CBS News.
The Justice Department declined to comment to CBS News. A spokeswoman for Mr. Pence also declined to comment.
new york times It first reported on the Department of Justice’s attempt to interview Pence.
In the final days of Trump’s presidency, Pence endured intense pressure from Trump, prompting him to unilaterally overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.when by refusing to endorse votes in battleground states that voted for Joe Biden.
At 3:40 am on January 7, 2021, Mr. Biden won the 2020 election. Since then, despite Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the election results, he has not wavered in his belief that Biden won the election. Pence said last week on “Face the Nation” that “Joe Biden was elected President of the United States.”
last week,Special Counsel Jack Smith will oversee key aspects of the Justice Department’s investigation into the Jan. 6 attacks and the holding of defense intelligence at President Trump’s residence.
The Justice Department’s criminal investigation is separate from the one being conducted by a House Select Committee that ends at the end of 2022.He said last week that Congress “has no right to my testimony.”
House January 6 Committee on October.
Trump announced he wasWhile Pence hasn’t announced anything, he hasn’t ruled out running for president and believes he has “better options” than Trump in 2024, he told “Face the Nation” last week. told to
Robert Legare contributed reporting.