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Pence On Trump Indictment: ‘Should Never Be President’

Pence On Trump Indictment: ‘Should Never Be President’

( – In his response to the most recent indictment of former President Donald Trump by special counsel Jack Smith, former Vice President Mike Pence claimed that President Trump had “demanded [he] choose between [him] and the Constitution.”

“Today’s indictment serves as an important reminder: anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be the President of the United States,” Mr. Pence said in his statement.

“I chose the Constitution and I always will,” he declared.

Like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whose comments about Mr. Trump have drawn fire from some conservatives for their lack of enthusiasm, Mr. Pence said he hadn’t read the indictment.

According to Mr. Smith’s indictment, the former president planned to deceive the nation and deny residents the “free exercise” of their constitutional rights, specifically “the right to vote and to have one’s vote counted.”

He is also charged with plotting to hinder an official action—the electoral vote certification on January 6, 2021—and with trying to obstruct and obstruct that action.

The indictment refers to Mr. Pence’s alleged acts concerning the disputed 2020 election and Mr. Trump’s suspected responses to those actions.

In particular, it asserts that on January 6, when Mr. Pence informed Mr. Trump that he would not move further with the president’s plan to delay the certification of electoral votes, Mr. Trump threatened that he “would have to publicly criticize [Pence].”

The vice president’s chief of staff was worried for the vice president’s safety after learning about this, and he contacted the head of the vice president’s Secret Service detail, the statement says.

Marc Short, not Mark Meadows, was Mr. Pence’s chief of staff, despite what some first posts on social media said.

Additionally, according to the indictment, Mr. Pence said he lacked the power to challenge the electoral college results because Mr. Trump called him “too honest” for saying so.

Amid a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, Mr. Smith faces his third set of felony charges and his second indictment of the former Commander-In-Chief.

In an earlier indictment, Mr. Smith accused Mr. Trump of keeping secret records from his time as president.

Early in April, Mr. Trump was charged with breaking New York corporate law and appeared in court in Manhattan.

He has entered a not-guilty plea to both counts.

“The former president is entitled to the presumption of innocence, but with this indictment, his candidacy means more talk about January 6 and more distractions,” Mr. Pence said.

“Our nation is more significant than any one man. He continued, “Our Constitution is more significant than any one man’s career.”

When elected president, Mr. Pence promised to “restore a threshold of integrity and civility in public life so we can bring real solutions to the challenges plaguing our nation.”

Early in June, the former vice president and Chris Christie, a longtime buddy of Donald Trump who has since established himself as a vocal opponent of the man who built his career as a Manhattan real estate tycoon, announced their campaigns for the presidency.

Vivek Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur, responded to the indictment in a way that Mr. Pence did not.

The biotech entrepreneur and anti-woke investor pledged to The Epoch Times that “this is un-American” and that “I commit to pardoning Trump for this indictment.”

More ambiguously, Mr. DeSantis claimed he hadn’t read the relevant indictment. He made no promises about a pardon.

The politicization of the rule of law is one of the reasons why our nation is deteriorating. No more justifications—I’ll stop the federal government from becoming a weapon, he declared in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Another X post by Trump associate Kari Lake publicly encouraged the 2024 GOP opponents of the former president to drop out of the race and “rally around our nominee, President Donald J. Trump.”

“A unified Republican Party must fight this struggle. Otherwise, we will permanently lose this nation, she warned.

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