DOJ special counsel overseeing Trump probes subpoenas former VP Pence

Former Vice President Mike Pence poses for a portrait during an interview in New York City on Nov 15, 2022. Pence released a new autobiography "So Help Me God" that chronicles his life and including his time in the Trump administration.

WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Mike Pence has been subpoenaed by the Justice Department’s special counsel overseeing inquiries into Donald Trump’s endeavours to subvert the 2020 election and the former president’s retention of classified documents, a person common with the issue mentioned Thursday.

It was not immediately apparent what specific counsel Jack Smith is searching for from Pence, but the demand from customers probable marks a big escalation in the inquiry given that Smith was appointed to manage the inquiries in November by Attorney Common Merrick Garland.

Jack Smith, then the Department of Justice's chief of the Public Integrity Section, poses for photo at the Department of Justice in Washington, on Aug. 24, 2010. Attorney General Merrick Garland named Smith a special counsel on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

The subpoena to Pence was 1st claimed by ABC Information.

The Justice Department declined remark. A Pence spokesperson also declined comment late Thursday.

Virtually instantly immediately after his appointment, Smith has been energetic on several fronts, issuing a flurry of subpoenas in December to nearby officials looking for communications with the former president, his marketing campaign and advisers.