Former Vice President Mike Pence Subpoenaed by Special Counsel Overseeing Trump Investigations

According to Fox News, former Vice President Mike Pence has been issued a subpoena by Jack Smith, the special counsel overseeing investigations into former President Donald Trump.

The subpoena follows after months of negotiations between federal prosecutors and the former vice president’s legal team, although the Justice Department declined to comment on the matter. 

The probe is being led by Smith, who is looking into both testimony and documents related to the January 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol and into former President Trump’s possible mismanaging of classified documents after leaving office.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith to the special counsel position in November to examine the entire criminal investigation into the retention of classified documents, including presidential records, held at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

It is unclear what prosecutors will seek from the former vice president or whether he will claim executive privilege.

Last year, Trump said he “won’t partake” in the investigation against him and called it “the worse politicization of justice in our country.”

“I have been going through this for six years — for six years I have been going through this, and I am not going to go through it anymore,” said Trump in an interview shortly after the announcement. “And I hope the Republicans have the courage to fight this.”

“I have been proven innocent for six years on everything — from fake impeachments to [former special counsel Robert] Mueller, who found no collusion, and now I have to do it more? said, Trump. “It is not acceptable. It is so unfair. It is so political.”

Smith was appointed in November to oversee possible Trump mishandling of classified documents

Special counsel Smith was appointed in November to supervise the investigation into possible mismanagement of classified documents by former President Trump after he left office. He is also overseeing a separate probe into Trump and his associates to overturn the election results of the 2020 presidential race.

The move will be seen as a significant escalation of Smith’s probe into efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the election and suggests that Smith’s investigation has entered a more advanced stage.

It’s not immediately apparent to what extent the former vice president might seek to invoke claims of executive privilege over the information sought by Smith, which could set up a potentially lengthy and contentious legal battle with no clear modern precedent.