A top Pence aide testified before a grand jury, a major addition to the Justice Department’s investigation.

Mark Short, a top aide to former Vice President Mike Pence, testified last week before a federal grand jury investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, coup at the US Capitol, becoming the highest-ranking member of the Trump administration to do so. So far, according to multiple reports.

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

“I can confirm that I received a subpoena for a federal grand jury, and I complied with that subpoena,” he told CNN on Monday. “But under the advice of counsel, I can’t really say much more than that.”

It’s unclear what information Short shared during his testimony, but his appearance is a key moment in the Justice Department’s investigation into the events that led to the attack on the Capitol. The New York Times added Another top official, Greg Jacobs, who was Short’s lawyer in the Trump White House, also appeared before the grand jury.

Former Vice President Mike Pence and his Chief of Staff Mark Short speak during a meeting in Washington on March 2, 2020.

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The brief was a key witness to the tumultuous final days of the Trump administration as Donald Trump tried to hang on to power, pressuring those around him to find ways to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Short was in the Oval Office on January 4, 2021, when Trump lawyer John Eastman tried to convince Pence to delay certifying the Electoral College vote. The plan involved the vice president making false claims that there were problems with electoral votes that were certified for the winner of the 2020 race, Joe Biden. (Pence refused to go along with the plan.)

In several investigations, prosecutors have worked on schemes to create a false slate of voters who would have voted for Trump instead. Eastman and other lawyers involved in the project, including Rudy Giuliani and the Justice Department’s Jeffrey Clark, have also been investigated.

On January 6, Short was at the Capitol with Pence as the vice president had to flee from pro-Trump rioters who stormed the building, some chanting, “Hang Mike Pence.”

Short has already cooperated with the House Select Committee that is also investigating the events surrounding the January 6 attack.

The Justice Department investigation has been largely under wraps compared to the House inquiry and its public hearings, but the agency in March said it had expanded its criminal investigation. Incorporating preparations for a pre-coup rally into the January 6 attack.

Other grand jury subpoenas have been issued to people who helped organize and plan the rally. Attorney General Merrick Garland said last week that the Justice Department will do “Hold accountable anyone who is criminally responsible for attempting to overturn a legitimate election, and we must do so in a manner full of integrity and professionalism.”


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