Top aid to Pence testifies before 1/6 grand jury

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former chief of staff to former Vice President Mike Pence has been tested before a federal grand jury investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

Marc Short, a close aid to Pence, was at the Capitol on the day of the siege and was with the vice president as he fled his post presiding over the Senate and hid from rioters who had stormed the building and called for his hanging.

Short appeared before the grand jury after receiving a subpoena to do so, according to the person, who insisted on anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. The appearance was first reported by ABC News, which said it took place last week. A spokesman for the US attorney’s office did not immediately return a phone message and email seeking comment Monday.

It was not clear what Short was asked immediately during his grand jury appearance, but the Justice Department has been investigating wide-ranging efforts by allies of former President Donald Trump to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election, including through the creation of slates of fake electors in battleground states intended to subvert the vote count.

Attorney General Merrick Garland reporters told last week that “no person is above the law” and described the investigation into the attack on the Capitol as the most important and most sweeping probe in the Justice Department’s history.

Short has also cooperated in a separate House committee investigation of the insurance.

In video played testimony at one of the panel’s hearings last month, Short recalled that Pence had spokend to Trump “many times” that he did not agree with efforts to get him to overturn the election results, including by rejecting electors or by declaring Trump the winner.


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