It is not yet known what he said but he testified. Donald Trump's former vice-president, Mike Pence, appeared in court on Thursday (April 27) as part of the investigation into attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 US presidential election, several US media reported. . The citizens' panel to hear from the Republican convened at 9 a.m. Thursday in Washington, according to CNN, citing people familiar with the matter.
In late March, a judge ordered Mike Pence to testify about conversations he had with Donald Trump before his supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Investigators, led by special prosecutor Jack Smith, examine Mr. Trump's role that day. They suspect him of having tried to stay in power after losing the presidential election to Joe Biden.
Mr. Pence was thus ordered to answer any questions from a federal grand jury about potential crimes committed by the former president. In the United States, a grand jury is a panel of citizens with broad investigative powers. In particular, he can vote to recommend an indictment.
History will hold Trump "responsible"
Donald Trump had tried to prevent any testimony from his former vice-president before this grand jury, but a federal appeals court had dismissed his request on Wednesday. The former US president is seeking a new term in 2024 and Mike Pence could be among those who will challenge him for the Republican nomination.
The former vice president said in March that history would hold Donald Trump "accountable" for his role in the assault on the Capitol. “I had no right to overturn [the result of] the election. And his reckless words endangered my family and everyone in the Capitol that day,” he said.
Donald Trump is at the center of several other investigations. At the end of March, he became the first president in the history of the United States to be indicted, in the case of buying the silence of a porn actress in 2016. A Georgia state prosecutor is also investigating since 2021 on "attempts to influence the electoral operations" of this southern state, won by a short head by Joe Biden in 2020.
Special Prosecutor Jack Smith is also investigating the case of the White House archives, Donald Trump being accused of having taken away entire boxes of documents at the end of his presidency. However, a 1978 law obliges all American presidents to transmit all of their e-mails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives.