Pence used to be a staunch supporter of the former president. Now he’s showing his true colors.
And what Mike Pence just did to Donald Trump is simply horrific.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has been formally added to a list of witnesses called to testify against his former employer, former President Donald Trump, in his Georgia election meddling prosecution, it was revealed Wednesday.
According to CNN, Pence was one of 150 names on a list provided by Fulton County prosecutors, who cited various sources familiar with the materials, which are still under seal.
The former vice president, who just pulled out of the 2024 Republican presidential race, has previously stated his willingness to testify — and has been the most vociferous former Trump loyalist to dismiss his allegations that voter fraud lost him re-election.
“Despite what the former president and his allies have said for more than two and a half years and continue to insist… the Georgia election was not stolen, and I had no right to overturn the election on Jan. 6,” Pence said in August, following Trump’s 13-count indictment.
That same month, Pence told CNN, “I have no plans to testify, but look, we’ll always comply with the law.”
Trump is accused of breaching Georgia’s anti-racketeering statute, conspiracy, filing fraudulent paperwork, making misleading statements, and requesting that a public official violate their oath of office in order for him to continue in power even if he loses the 2020 presidential election.
The Republican contender for 2024 has pled not guilty to all allegations.
On Friday, Trump’s main counsel in a federal election meddling case, Steve Sadow, said the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office might try to call Pence as a witness.
Sadow made the disclosure while attempting to gain access to papers and materials held by special counsel Jack Smith that could be pertinent to the state case.
In court, Sadow contended that Trump’s federal lawsuit is mainly “a mirror case” to his Fulton County case, and that he consequently requires a list of evidence from that case.
“There is no doubt that the special counsel’s office…has relevant and material information that deals with the allegations in this case,” the attorney said, specifically referencing notes Pence took after the 2020 presidential election.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee agreed that there was a “great deal” of overlap between the two cases and suggested that Georgia prosecutors contact Smith to coordinate discovery.
Meanwhile, District Attorney Fani Willis has urged that the former president and his surviving co-defendants be tried on August 5.
The proposed start date is exactly three months before the 2024 presidential election, a period during which Trump would almost certainly be on the campaign trail if he were the Republican nominee.
“This proposed trial date balances potential delays from Defendant Trump’s other criminal trials in sister sovereigns and the other Defendants’ constitutional speedy trial rights,” Willis wrote in a Friday filing to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee.
Sure, it has nothing to do with handicapping Trump, right?
We’ve seen this movie before, folks.
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