A federal judge has been requested by the Justice Department to Mike, former vice president of force Pence to testify fully in front of a grand jury investigating former President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to Overturn 2020 Election, requesting to Trump’s attempts to stop any of his efforts are cut short to use executive privilege to Protect Mr. Pence Two people who are familiar with the subject said that they answered questions and provided their opinions on Thursday.

The request — amounting to A pre-emptive action to compel Mr. Pence’s testimony — came before the former vice president had even appeared in front of the grand jury, and before any privilege claims had actually been raised in court.

In Washington’s Federal District Court, the sealed motion is the latest in an ongoing behind-the-scenes battle. This began with the Justice Department. Now, it is being handled by Jack Smith. to Cut through all the privilege claims that witness close to Trump repeatedly mentioned the need to make an effort. to avoid answering questions.

The privilege disputes have been handled by Judge Beryl A. Howell, the chief federal judge in Washington, who oversees all of the district’s grand jury matters, which as a rule are conducted in secret. Expect Judge Howell to be there. to Next month, she will step down and be succeeded by another chief judge.

People were close to each other last week to Mr. Pence Previewed his attempts to You can fight the grand jury subpoenas by claiming that the former vice-president planned to argue that his role as the president of the Senate meant he was protected from legal scrutiny by the executive branch — including the Justice Department — under the Constitution’s “speech or debate” clause. That clause is not intended to Protect the separation of power.