Former President Donald Trump’s attorney John Lauro says former Vice President Pence will strengthen Trump’s defense by testifying about Trump’s actions ahead of the Capitol riots on Jan. 6, 2021. thinking.
Lauro appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday to discuss Special Counsel Jack Smith’s lawsuit against Trump and criticism of Pence’s former boss. (Related: Trump was right many times about the Biden family’s foreign business deals)
“What do you think happened between the president and the vice president? Do you have any concerns about the vice president being called as a witness in this case?” asked CBS host Major Garrett.
“No. In fact, the Vice President will be our best witness. As I said, Vice President Pence’s final request was to suspend the tally and consider each state’s opinion.” That’s what I said, and what I said is in line with what Vice President Pence is saying,” Lauro replied.
“He concurs that there was election fraud, fraud and misconduct at the state level, all of which undermine suspicions of criminal intent on the part of President Trump and the convictions and beliefs of Vice President Pence. “These issues needed to be discussed on January 6th.” He has openly called for all these issues to be discussed and opposed at the trial on January 6,” Lauro continued.
“There was, of course, a constitutional disagreement between Vice President Pence and President Trump, but the bottom line is that not once in our history has a disagreement of this kind been criminally prosecuted. It’s unprecedented,” he concluded.
Trump was indicted on Tuesday for apparent efforts to contest the 2020 presidential election and for alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. The former president pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Thursday in Washington, D.C., after which he called the case “persecution.”
“This is a persecution of someone who is leading in the Republican primary by a very large margin,” Trump said at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. “We have a big lead on Mr. Biden. .”