Donald Trump’s attorney John Lauro made the rounds of the Sunday shows last weekend to respond to the latest indictment from special counsel Jack Smith, The Hill reported.
While appearing on ABC News’s “This Week,” Lauro told host George Stephanopoulos that he looked forward to cross-examining former Vice President Mike Pence if he testifies at trial, explaining that Pence will “completely eliminate any doubt” that Trump “firmly believed” that election fraud altered the outcome of the 2020 election.
In the indictment, Trump is accused of knowingly peddling false claims about election fraud to cling to power, often repeating the claims even after he was told the claims were false.
Lauro maintained that Trump believed that Pence was overseeing the certification of an election that was unlawfully held and thought he had the right to “petition his vice president to deal with the issue.”
The special counsel’s latest indictment details the scheme by Trump and his allies to introduce a slate of fraudulent electors from seven contested states and their subsequent attempts to get Pence to replace the official electors from those states with the fraudulent electors when Congress voted to certify the election on January 6, 2021.
Meanwhile, Mike Pence said on Sunday that he has no plans to be a witness against Donald Trump unless he is subpoenaed to testify.
When asked by “Face the Nation” host Major Garrett if he would be a witness for the prosecution in the trial, Pence vowed to stand “firmly for the rule of law.”
He explained that while he has “no plans to testify,” if he is subpoenaed, he will “respond to the call of the law.”
The former vice president also defended his actions on January 6, 2021, telling Garrett that since Trump was indicted, “more and more Americans” have expressed their appreciation for his actions on January 6.
Pence said that when he was sworn into office, he took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution,” and he kept that oath “every single day,” including on January 6.