Donald Trump has said about Nikki Haley running for President, “Even though Nikki Haley said, ‘I would never run against my President, he was a great President, the best President in my lifetime,’ I told her she should follow her heart and do what she wants to do. I wish her luck!”
Trump’s Make America Great Again Super PAC said Haley is a “career politician” in a statement.
“She started out as a Never Trumper before resigning to serve in the Trump admin. She then resigned early to go rake in money on corporate boards…Sure just looks like more of the same, a career politician whose only fulfilled commitment is to herself.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence is preparing to resist a Justice Department grand jury subpoena for him to testify on former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, Fox News reported.
Mike Pence set to fight Trump
A source familiar with the former vice president’s thinking told Fox News on Tuesday morning that Pence plans to fight the subpoena issued last week by Special Counsel Jack Smith regarding the Jan. 6 investigation into Trump, on the ground that he was president of the Senate and should be shielded from the order. Currently, it appears Pence is not planning to assert executive privilege.
Politico first reported on Pence’s decision to challenge the DOJ subpoena earlier Tuesday, citing two people familiar with the former vice president’s thought process. The former vice president’s allies told Politico he’s protected by a constitutional provision called the “speech and debate clause,” which generally shields members of Congress from having to fear that anything they say during legislative activities will implicate them in a lawsuit.
According to Politico, Pence’s allies said federal prosecutors are legally blocked from compelling testimony from the former vice president related to key elements of Smith’s probe under the Constitution’s separation of powers.
“He thinks that the ‘speech or debate’ clause is a core protection for Article I, for the legislature,” one of the two sources familiar with Pence’s legal strategy told Politico on condition of anonymity. “He feels it really goes to the heart of some separation of powers issues. He feels duty-bound to maintain that protection, even if it means litigating it.”
Pence is the latest official in Trump’s administration to be subpoenaed as part of the investigation into efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, but the push for Pence’s testimony is unique because he’s the highest-ranking official known to have been summoned. Trump, for his part, has not said whether he plans to assert executive privilege, a doctrine meant to protect the confidentiality of the Oval Office decision-making process, to prevent Pence’s testimony.