On Sunday, former Republican Vice President Mike Pence said he would testify if his former boss Donald Trump is tried for conspiring to overturn his 2020 presidential loss.
“Face the Nation” on Sunday, Pence said he had “no plans” to testify against Trump if the matter gets to trial, but he did not rule it out.
“But people can be confident we’ll obey the law. We’ll respond to the call of law, if it comes, and we’ll just tell the truth,” said Pence, added Pence, who is challenging Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
President Trump's attorney John Lauro: "Mike Pence will be one of our best witnesses at trial. I read his book very carefully and if he testifies consistent with his book then President Trump will be acquitted." pic.twitter.com/2hyU1rzDVJ
— MAGA War Room (@MAGAIncWarRoom) August 6, 2023
Trump’s lawyer, John Lauro, said he would welcome Pence’s testimony. On Sunday, Lauro said Trump’s post-2020 acts were “aspirational asks,” allowed by free expression.
“Mike Pence will be one of our best witnesses at trial,” Lauro said
“I cannot wait until I have the opportunity to cross-examine Mr. Pence, because what he will do is completely eliminate any doubt that Mr. Trump, President Trump, firmly believed that the election irregularities had led to inappropriate results,” Lauro said.
On Aug. 1, a four-count, 45-page Justice Department indictment accused Trump of illegally trying to cling to power after losing the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden. Pence was essential to the claims.
Trump denied all claims on August 3.
In his ceremonial role as Senate president, Pence oversaw the proceedings before Congress certified Biden’s win on Jan. 6, 2021. He rebuffed Trump’s efforts to overturn the vote. Trump supporters rioting in the Capitol shouted “Hang Mike Pence!”
The indictment regularly references Pence’s “contemporaneous notes” and constant pressure leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021 incident.
The indictment mentions a Jan. 1, 2021 phone call in which Trump chastised Pence for not joining the election-reversal plot.
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“You’re too honest,” Trump said Pence.
According to the indictment, President Trump pressured Vice President Pence to overturn the election on January 6th.
When he wouldn't do it, Trump said to him "you're too honest!"
— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) August 1, 2023
Pence’s testimony and notes may be crucial to Trump’s trial.
Saturday marked Trump’s first primary hit against Pence. He denied calling him “too honest” and “delusional.”
Due to a paucity of donors, Pence may miss the first Republican presidential debate later this month.
He is in the single digits while Trump is the runaway front-runner, buoyed by each indictment.
Three indictments against Trump this year. He denies two more criminal charges. He faces federal accusations in Miami for retaining secret papers after leaving office and obstructing justice, and New York state charges in Manhattan for fabricating company records to disguise hush money payments to a porn star.
Trump may face a fourth indictment in Georgia for his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the battleground state.
Last Monday, Pence slammed his former employer for hiring “crackpot” lawyers following his 2020 loss.
Pence’s campaign capitalized on Trump’s indictment. “Too Honest” hats and T-shirts were sold last week.