Pence’s ex-chief of staff and White House attorney testified before the grand jury on Jan. 6
Multiple news reports revealed on Monday that two of former Vice President Mike Pence’s top aides were recently subpoenaed and appeared before the federal grand jury investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
Marc Short, who served as Pence’s chief of staff, “got caught by a ABC News camera leaving DC District Court on Friday alongside his attorney, Emmet Flood,” the outlet said. reportedsharing a still of the images and citing sources close to the subject.
Reporters and others have noted that Short is now the most senior official in former President Donald Trump’s administration known to have cooperated with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation.
Noah Bookbinder, president of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics watchdog group in Washington (CREW), said that “we don’t fully know what that means, but it’s definitely good news for accountability.”
In a series of tweets, just securityRyan Goodman, a former special advocate for the Department of Defense, explained the potential significance of Short’s cooperation with the investigation.
“Most importantly, Marc Short has significant testimony he could give that implicates Trump. It’s also important that he can give testimony that meaningfully implicates Mark Meadows,” Goodman said, referring to the chief of staff. of the former president of the White House.
Greg Jacob, Pence’s top White House attorney, also recently appeared before the grand jury under subpoena, according to the Log.
The newspaper noted that the DOJ recently added prosecutors and resources in the investigation and suggested the new interviews signal that investigators are “targeting an upper circle of Trump associates who lobbied for the former vice president” to cut off certification of President Joe’s victory Biden in 2020.
As the Log detailed:
One area of interest for prosecutors was a Jan. 4, 2021, Oval Office meeting where conservative attorney John Eastman urged Mr. Pence, in the presence of Mr. Trump, to either outright reject electoral votes or suspend the procedure and to ask several state legislatures to reconsider the results.
Last month, Mr. Jacob testified at length before the Jan. 6 congressional committee about that meeting, which included Messrs. Trump, Pence, Short, Eastman and Jacob. During the meeting, Mr. Eastman admitted that his proposals would violate the law, but wanted to proceed anyway, Mr. Jacob said.
“During this meeting on the 4th, I believe I raised the issue that Mr. Eastman’s two proposals would violate several provisions of the Voter Count Act. Mr. Eastman acknowledged that this was the case, that even what ‘He considered the most politically acceptable option would violate several provisions,’ Mr. Jacob told the committee.
At a press conference last week, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said that “there is a lot of speculation about what the Justice Department does, what it doesn’t do, what our theories are, what our theories aren’t, and there will continue to be that speculation” .
“It’s because a central tenet of how the Department of Justice investigates and a central tenet of the rule of law is that we don’t conduct our investigations in public,” he continued. “This is the largest and most significant investigation ever undertaken by the Department of Justice.”
“We have to get it right,” he stressed. “And for people who care – as I think every American should be – about protecting democracy, we need to do two things: we need to hold accountable anyone who is criminally responsible for trying to overturn a legitimate election, and we must do so in a manner filled with integrity and professionalism.”
Garland later added that “no one is above the law in this country”.