Top aide to Pence has testified before Jan. 6 grand jury

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FILE - Marc Short, former Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 20, 2022. Short has testified before a federal grand jury investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. That's according to a person familiar with the matter who says Short appeared before the grand jury under subpoena.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Marc Short, former Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill on July 20, 2022. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

The former chief of staff to former Vice President Mike Pence has testified before a federal grand jury investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

Marc Short, a close aide to Pence, was at the Capitol on the day of the siege and was with the vice president as he fled his post presiding over the Senate and hid from rioters who had stormed the building and called for his hanging.

Short appeared before the grand jury after receiving a subpoena to do so, according to the person, who insisted on anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. The appearance was first reported by ABC News, which said it took place last week. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office did not immediately return a phone message and email seeking comment Monday.

It was not immediately clear what Short was asked during his grand jury appearance, but the Justice Department has been investigating wide-ranging efforts by allies of former President Trump to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election, including through the creation of slates of fake electors in battleground states intended to subvert the vote count.

Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland told reporters last week that “no person is above the law” and described the investigation into the attack on the Capitol as the most important and most sweeping inquiry in the department's history.

Short has also cooperated in a separate House committee investigation of the insurrection.

In video testimony played at one of the panel's hearings last month, Short recalled that Pence had communicated to Trump “many times” that he did not agree with efforts to get him to overturn the election results, including by rejecting electors or by simply declaring Trump the winner.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.