In a sealed decision that could clear the way for other top Trump White House officials to testify before a grand jury, Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell ordered Mike Pence’s former Chief of Staff Marc Short to appear before a federal grand jury as part of the Justice Department’s January 6th criminal investigation.
Judge Howell ruled that Short “probably possessed information” important to the DOJ’s probe into the events surrounding the attack on the Capitol. Both Short and Kash Patel, a former Trump adviser, were seen on Thursday at the federal courthouse in Washington, DC, where the grand jury meets.
It was Short’s second appearance before the grand jury after he had originally declined to answer some questions because of Trump’s false claims of executive privilege. Short has also cooperated with the January 6th House Select Committee.
NBC News: Two former Trump admin officials — Marc Short and Kash Patel — were seen today at the D.C. federal courthouse where the grand jury investigating the Jan. 6 US attack meets. @MSNBC
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 13, 2022
Unlike Short, Patel is a Trump loyalist who has peddled false claims and conspiracies about the “deep state” and the 2020 election. Patel was a senior national security official at the Trump White House, before moving over to the Pentagon during the final months of Trump’s tenure. Trump even had plans to fire the CIA director and install Patel in her place, so he could declassify any documents that Trump believed proved his “deep state” conspiracies.
What did Marc Short know about all of this, and why hasn't he said anything about it?
— Clay Ranck (@clayranck) October 13, 2022
Trump blasted the January 6th House Select Committee’s investigation in an unhinged and rambling nonsensical rant he sent to the Committee Chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson. The now-subpoenaed Trump repeated debunked conspiracy theories about election fraud, blamed Democratic leaders for the insurrection (despite a video of Nancy Pelosi to disprove him), and included photos of the crowd of his supporters on that day. “THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 2020 WAS RIGGED AND STOLEN!” the first line reads, falsely.
— Tara Dublin ((Voted Early)) (@taradublinrocks) October 14, 2022
Short recently dismissed Trump’s comment that presidents can declassify documents just by thinking about it “absurd” and also hinted at a potential 2024 run for Pence.
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