Former Vice President Mike Pence Testifies in January 6 Inquiry

( – Former Vice President Mike Pence testified before a grand jury in the case of the January 6, 2021 riots at the Capitol, and the role of former President Donald Trump in those events, The New York Times reported.

The former vice president had initially been subpoenaed by special counsel Jack Smith in February, but appealed the summons, ABC News reported. Trump likewise attempted to legally appeal Pence’s testimony, but was denied, ABC reported. Smith reportedly declined commenting on the January 6 inquiry case. On top of the January 6, Smith has been tasked with investigating another case related to Trump.

On the night of Wednesday, April 26, a grand jury had rejected Trump’s appeal to stop Pence’s testimony. Then, Pence appeared before a grand jury for more than “seven hours,” CBS News. During that time, Pence answered federal prosecutors’ questions about the events of January 6.

Meanwhile, as Pence testified, Trump drew criticism for “embracing” a defendant who was at January 6 who has called for those who certified the 2020 election to be “executed,” NBC News. Micki Larson-Olson, a protestor and QAnon supporter who served “months” in jail for her participation in the events of January 6.

Larson-Olson claimed that her only regret during the events of January 6 was that she “did not hold on” and that she eventually allowed herself to be arrested. Larson-Olson resisted arrest at the scene of the votes certification, reportedly holding onto scaffolding that had been set up for Biden’s inauguration, and was forcibly removed. Larson-Olson has stated that she believes that all of the people involved in certifying the 2020 election “should be executed,” and likewise stated that she would like to have a “front row” seat to Mike Pence being executed.

Trump drew criticism for meeting with Larson-Olson at the Red Arrow diner in Manchester, New Hampshire, NBC News. The former president posed for a photo with and embraced Larson-Olson at the Red Arrow diner.

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