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Top Pence Aide Testifies To Grand Jury, A Key Uptick In Justice Department’s Probe

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Marc Short, a top aide to former Vice President Mike Pence, testified in front of a federal grand jury last week investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, revolt on the U.S. Capitol, becoming the highest-ranking member of the Trump administration to accomplish that up to now, in keeping with multiple reports.

Short, who served as Pence’s chief of staff for nearly two years, confirmed to ABC News and CNN that he had testified before a grand jury convened by the Department of Justice after he was served with a subpoena.

“I can confirm that I did receive a subpoena for the federal grand jury, and I complied to that subpoena,” he told CNN on Monday. “But under advice of counsel, I actually can’t say way more than that.”

It’s unclear what information Short shared during his testimony, but his appearance is a big moment within the Justice Department’s investigation into the events resulting in the assault on the Capitol. The Latest York Times added that one other top official, Greg Jacob, who was Short’s counsel within the Trump White House, also appeared before the grand jury.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and his chief of staff Marc Short confer during a gathering on March 2, 2020, in Washington.

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Short was a key witness to the chaotic final days of the Trump administration as Donald Trump attempted to stay in power, pressuring those around him to seek out ways to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election. Short was within the Oval Office on Jan. 4, 2021, when Trump had lawyer John Eastman try and persuade Pence to delay the certification of the Electoral College vote. That plan involved the vp making false assertions that there have been issues with electoral votes that had been certified for Joe Biden, who won the 2020 race. (Pence declined to associate with the plan.)

Prosecutors in several investigations have homed in on schemes to create a false slate of electors that might have solid their ballots for Trump as a substitute. Eastman and other lawyers involved within the plan, including Rudy Giuliani and the Justice Department’s Jeffrey Clark, have also been subject to investigation.

Short was also within the Capitol with Pence on Jan. 6 because the vp was forced to flee from pro-Trump rioters who stormed the constructing, a few of whom were chanting, “Hang Mike Pence.”

Short has already cooperated with the House select committee that can also be investigating the events surrounding the Jan. 6 attack.

The Justice Department investigation has been largely under wraps compared with the House inquiry and its public hearings, however the agency in March was said to have expanded its criminal probe of the Jan. 6 attack to incorporate preparations for the rally that preceded the revolt.

Other grand jury subpoenas have been issued to those that helped organize and plan the rally. Attorney General Merrick Garland said last week that the Justice Department would “hold accountable one and all who’s criminally liable for attempting to overturn a legitimate election, and we must do it in a way stuffed with integrity and professionalism.”

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