Former Republican Vice President Mike Pence has left open the possibility of becoming a prosecution witness in a potential trial against his ex-boss, Donald Trump, who is facing charges related to an alleged criminal conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
During an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Pence stated that while he currently has no plans to testify, he would comply with the law and tell the truth if called upon.
Trump’s lawyer, John Lauro, welcomed the idea of Pence testifying, asserting that the actions Trump took after the election were protected by free speech and characterized as “aspirational asks.”
Lauro expressed eagerness to cross-examine Pence, believing that his testimony would support Trump’s belief that election irregularities had influenced the outcome.
The indictment against Trump, issued by the Justice Department on August 1, accused him of attempting to unlawfully retain power after his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges on August 3.
During the events leading up to the certification of Biden’s win in Congress on January 6, 2021, Pence faced immense pressure from Trump to overturn the election results but refused to do so.
The indictment referenced “contemporaneous notes” that Pence took during this time, suggesting their potential significance in the prosecution’s case.
Pence’s presidential campaign has struggled to gain momentum, and he risks not qualifying for the first Republican presidential debate due to a lack of donors.
Meanwhile, Trump has emerged as the clear frontrunner in the polls, with his numbers seemingly bolstered each time he faces indictment.
Trump has been indicted three times this year, denying all charges.
He faces federal charges in Miami for allegedly retaining classified documents after leaving office and obstructing justice, as well as New York state charges in Manhattan for allegedly falsifying business records to conceal hush money payments to a porn star.
There is also the possibility of a fourth indictment in Georgia related to his efforts to overturn the election results.
Pence has taken a more confrontational stance against his former boss, accusing Trump of surrounding himself with “crackpot” lawyers after the 2020 election defeat.
His campaign has even capitalized on Trump’s indictment by selling merchandise featuring a “Too Honest” logo.
As the legal proceedings unfold, Pence’s potential testimony and the notes he took during crucial moments may prove pivotal in the trial against Trump.
However, Pence’s campaign faces challenges in gaining traction against the dominant force of Trump’s candidacy.