DOJ Subpoenas Mike Pence for Information on Trump Plot to Overturn Election

It’s currently unclear whether Pence will comply with the subpoena request or try to invoke executive privilege.

Department of Justice (DOJ) special counsel Jack Smith, who is overseeing a two-pronged investigation into former President Donald Trump, has subpoenaed Trump’s former vice president, Mike Pence.

Smith’s investigation is looking into Trump’s removal of classified documents from the White House and his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election after his loss to President Joe Biden. His subpoena of Pence is focused on the latter of those two inquiries.

According to reports from several news outlets, Smith requested that Pence hand over any documents in his possession relating to the attempted overturn of the 2020 election. Smith also wants Pence to testify on Trump’s motivations during the end of 2020 and the start of 2021.

It’s unclear whether Pence will comply with the subpoena or try to invoke executive privilege, which could send the matter to a lengthy review process within the federal court system. Though Pence has been critical of Trump in the years since they departed office, he risks upsetting the conservative voter base he’ll need to win a potential GOP primary for 2024 if he complies with Smith’s subpoena.

Pence has been uncooperative with requests to testify in other inquiries relating to the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol building and Trump’s attempts to overturn the election. Though several former members of his staff testified before the January 6 committee, Pence refused to do so, arguing that the legislative branch had “no right” to his testimony.

The subpoena demonstrates that the DOJ’s

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Donald Trump’s legal team ‘hand over a folder with classification markings found last month to DOJ’

Donald Trump’s legal team gave Department of Justice investigators an envelope with classified markings that found at the ex-president’s Mar-a-Lago residence. 

The material contained in the envelope had also been electronically copied on to a laptop and thumb drive that belonged to an aide who works for the Save America PAC. That laptop and thumb drive are now in the hands of the government, ABC News reported Friday. 

The envelope was discovered by Trump aides in January as they searched the resort in the hunt for further classified documents in order to comply with the DOJ’s investigation. It was turned over to the feds by Trump lawyer James Trusty. 

The material-in-question was found inside Mar-a-Lago and not in the storage facility that was being used to house the hundreds of documents that were seized by investigators in August 2022. 

Last year, the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s home and recovered numerous documents that were marked classified. Since then, similar documents have been recovered at the private residences of President Joe Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence. 

In August 2022, investigators seized hundreds of classified documents from Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence

In August 2022, investigators seized hundreds of classified documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence

A statement from Trump's team jokingly referred to the DOJ as the 'Department of Injustice' and went on to redundantly call the probe a 'fake hoax'

A statement from Trump’s team jokingly referred to the DOJ as the ‘Department of Injustice’ and went on to redundantly call the probe a ‘fake hoax’

Trump lawyer James Trusty shown in September 2022. The ex-president hired Trusty after seeing him on television

Trump lawyer James Trusty shown in September 2022. The ex-president hired Trusty after seeing him on television

In a statement to ABC News, Trump’s team maintained their stance that the investigations are ‘politically motivated’ and a ‘witch hunt’ designed to hurt his chances of winning the presidency in 2024. 

The statement jokingly referred to the DOJ as the ‘Department of Injustice’ and went on to redundantly call the probe a ‘fake hoax.’ 

The development comes hours after it was revealed that the 

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Legal Newswire | New AI-powered trend detection monitors federal litigation in real time, identifies opportunities for business development and client service

New AI-powered trend detection monitors federal litigation in real time, identifies opportunities for business development and client service

Jul 21, 2022 9:00 AM ET

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New York, NY – July 21, 2022 – ALM announces the launch of Law.com Radar’s Trend Detection, a powerful new capability that uses data processing and robust statistical tests to identify trending litigation in real time, allowing firms to maintain an up-to-date awareness of complex shifts in federal litigation trends. This enhancement represents another step in ALM’s innovation strategy, which weaves together data, technology and human intelligence to provide exclusive insight into the events and trends impacting the legal industry.

Trend Detection’s proprietary algorithm builds on Radar’s litigation surveillance capabilities by identifying shifts, spikes and patterns in a sea of ​​federal court data. Until now, it might take an internal research team to figure out where cases are surging or ebbing. With Trend Detection, new federal litigation is evaluated in real time to identify trend signals before they become visible.

Law.com Radar, launched in 2020, leverages AI technology to process federal court data and delivers immediate updates to users based on their interests. Every new suit alert includes a concise summary and a direct link to the complaint, enabling attorneys to quickly respond to priority matters.

“Law firm litigators, business development, and client managers are continually monitoring cases manually, watching for patterns that could impact their clients or inform business decisions for their firm,” said Richard Caruso, Vice President and General Manager, Global Legal News. “Trend Detection offers a layer of efficiency and opportunity to identify litigation trends faster

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