May 31, 2023

(Reuters) – Former US President Donald Trump has lost an appeal to bar former Vice President Mike Pence from testifying in the special counsel investigation into efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, CNN reported Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Trump lawyers filed the appeal following a ruling related to the Justice Department’s investigation into efforts to undermine the election that Trump, a Republican, lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

However, Pence announced that he would not appeal a judge’s ruling requiring him to testify before a federal grand jury about conversations he had with Trump leading up to the deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 .

The unanimous decision, from DC Circuit Court of Appeals judges Patricia Millett, Robert Wilkins and Greg Katsas, came Wednesday night in a sealed case, according to CNN.

A representative for Pence had no comment. A Trump representative did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

(Reporting by Sheena K Thomas in Bengaluru; editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)