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Pence Vows to Fight Subpoena in Special Counsel Probe of Trump

  • Former vice president was subpoenaed by Special Counsel Smith
  • Trump, allies are being investigated for 2020 election actions
Former US Vice President Mike Pence in 2022.
Former US Vice President Mike Pence in 2022.Photographer: Ronda Churchill/Bloomberg

Former Vice President Mike Pence is pledging to take his challenge to a grand jury subpoena from the special counsel investigating Donald Trump and his allies to the US Supreme Court if needed, declaring he’s protecting the separation of powers under the US Constitution.

Special Counsel Jack Smith subpoenaed Pence as part of his investigation into efforts by Trump and others to overturn the 2020 election. Pence said just as it was wrong for Trump to pressure him to reject Electoral College votes from key swing states when he presided over a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, it’s wrong for the executive branch to compel him to respond when he was acting as a legislative official.