The judge's ruling that allowed Mike Pence to testify before the grand jury about the assault on the Capitol was released
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The figures who pressured Mike Pence to reject the certification of the electoral votes of Joe Biden on January 6, 2021, they asked him to act “illegally”, ruled the chief judge of the Washington DC federal district court in a secret decision in April, and that decision It's the key to understand how a judge made it easier for former Vice President Mike Pence to answer questions from the special prosecutor Jack Smith about the events that led to the attack on the United States Capitol.
The 19-page opinion of the District Court of Columbia judge. James E Boasberg, that the judge partially revealed Friday at the behest of the media, paved the way for investigators of the special prosecutor Jack Smith Former Vice President Pence will be questioned about his conversations with different people that focused on Pence rejecting Biden's supporters, possibly to nullify the 2020 presidential election and get Donald Trump elected instead, according to Politico.
Federal Judge Boasberg presides over the court where the trials of the assailants who broke into the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 are held, as well as the grand jury that attends the investigations of Attorney General Jack Smith on the former president Donald Trump and the possible attempt to annul the result of the 2020 elections.
Pence had initially fought special counsel Jack Smith's subpoena, investigating attempts to overturn the 2020 election result that culminated in the January 6, 2021 assault on the United States Capitol.
In one of his first official acts, Chief Judge Boasberg issued what could become a landmark ruling when he ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to testify about his contacts with Trump in the days leading up to the insurrection.
Last March, Pence hailed what he called a landmark decision by US District Judge James E. Boasberg of Washington, DC, accepting that Pence could remain silent on issues specifically related to his role in Congress. on January 6, when he chaired a joint session of Congress to confirm the results of the presidential election, which was disrupted by a violent pro-Trump mob.
Pence called Boasberg's ruling the first to expose how a vice president also qualifies for the constitutional protection lawmakers enjoy of being forced to testify even in criminal investigations, according to The Washington Post, which also reported Friday on the partially disclosed Boasberg ruling.
Boasberg said in his ruling that the protection is limited to lawmakers' official duties or actions taken in preparation for them, and it does not extend to "communications urging a legislator to act illegally."
Boasberg's ruling and reasoning had been kept secret until now because grand jury rules generally prohibit anyone but witnesses from discussing them. News organizations asked the judge to disclose them and on Friday he granted their request, noting that disclosures made by Pence and his team removed the need for secrecy.
“The bottom line is that conversations calling for Pence to turn down voters on January 6 are not shielded” from the investigation, Boasberg said in his opinion.
Pence, who is running against Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, has positioned himself as a reluctant witness who has fought demands for his testimony. Still, he discussed the events that led to the attempt to overturn the 2020 election result in his book published late last year, "So help me God," and in promotional interviews.
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