Pence to fight “unconstitutional” subpoena in Trump probe
Driving the news: "I think it's unprecedented and it's unconstitutional," Pence said to reporters in Minneapolis.
Background: Pence was subpoenaed last week by special counsel Jack Smith following months of negotiations between the former vice president's legal team and federal prosecutors.
- It was not immediately clear what information special counsel Jack Smith was seeking in having Pence appear before the grand jury, though it is related to the investigation to the Jan. 6 insurrection.
What he's saying: "The fact that no vice president has ever been subject to a subpoena to testify about the president with whom they served makes it unprecedented," he said. "That's not my fight."
- Pence reaffirmed his belief that "Trump was wrong" and "reckless" during the Jan. 6 riot, and endangered everyone at the Capitol.
- He said it's "wrong to establish a precedent where a legislative official could be called into a court by an executive branch."
- The former vice president urged for the separation of powers and said he is prepared to take the matter to the Supreme Court if necessary.