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An aide to former vice president Mike Pence said this weekend that the subpoena issued to Pence by the Department of Justice this month may give him a “political security blanket” to open up about what he knows regarding the leadup to the January 6 attack.
Speaking to MSNBC on Saturday, Pence aide Olivia Troye explained that the subpoena from Special Counsel Jack Smith may give the former VP the legal protection he needs to speak freely about his interactions with Donald Trump after the 2020 election and in the weeks and days ahead of the Capitol insurrection.
“This is sort of the security blanket that I think Mike Pence has been looking for,” Troye said. She went on to explain that the subpoena helps counter the Trump team’s claims that Pence cannot speak with the Special Counsel due to executive privilege. “In some ways, it’s political advantage if DOJ takes Donald Trump out of the running, that works in Mike Pence’s favor, and I’m sure that is part of the calculus going to the Pence team right now,” she explained. Trump’s legal team has indicated it will appeal Pence’s subpoena on the grounds of executive privilege.
Pence is reportedly weighing a 2024 presidential run, which would pit him against his former boss, Donald Trump, who is currently the only major candidate to make an official bid for the GOP nomination. Pence is trailing in polls behind Trump and his main rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is widely expected to announce his candidacy for 2024 in the near future.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
MANAGING EDITOR: LUKE MOCHERMAN
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