A federal judge has reportedly ordered former Vice President Mike Pence to testify to the grand jury investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Special counsel Jack Smith, who is overseeing the grand jury, subpoenaed Pence earlier this year. While the judge ruled executive privilege does not shield Pence from testifying, Pence could avoid certain lines of questioning thanks to a constitutional clause known as “speech or debate” that is intended to protect lawmakers from some forms of legal action. Pence could still appeal the judge’s decision.
Meanwhile, former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker testified again this week before the Manhattan grand jury looking into alleged hush-money payments made to Stormy Daniels during Trump’s 2016 campaign. Pecker is said to have helped broker the deal between Daniels and Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen.