Pence Asserts Department of Justice Lost Public Trust Amid Potential Trump Indictment

 July 24, 2023

Former Vice President Mike Pence asserts the Department of Justice has lost the trust of the American public.

In an insightful interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Mike Pence, former Vice President and potential 2024 Republican presidential nominee, voiced strong criticisms. He opined that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has lost the confidence of the American populace.

CNN anchor Dana Bash posed an insightful question to Pence. This question pertains to his former boss, Donald Trump, who is potentially facing an indictment over efforts to overturn the 2020 elections. Bash asked Pence for his opinion on whether Trump should be charged if evidence of a crime related to the events of January 6 is found.

Pence Stands Firm on Constitutional Grounds

Pence responded with a reaffirmation of his role during that turbulent day.

He said, "Well, look, I know I did my duty that day under the Constitution." Pence relayed that throughout his travels in New Hampshire, he received heartfelt appreciation from many people for his constitutional stand.

The former Vice President acknowledged Trump's reckless rhetoric on the day of the Capitol riot. However, he was not convinced that the former president's words crossed the line into criminality. Pence emphasized that his knowledge was limited, as he was occupied with government reopening efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Perception of Unequal Treatment of Law

Pence hopes that a legal indictment against Trump does not transpire. His hope is rooted in his belief that the Department of Justice has eroded the trust of the American people.

He added, "In one town hall after another across New Hampshire, I heard a deep concern for a perception about the unequal treatment of the law."

One more indictment against the former president, Pence believes, would only exacerbate this sentiment among the American public. As he stated, he prefers that judgement on Trump's conduct on January 6 be determined by the American electorate in the upcoming primaries.

Pence Advocates for Public Judgement

Pence concluded his sentiments by advocating for the judgement of the American people over legal proceedings. He highlighted that he'd rather have these issues and the judgement of Trump's conduct on the 6th of January decided by the public during the forthcoming primaries.

In conclusion:

  • Mike Pence highlighted his firm stance on the constitution during the Capitol riot.
  • While he acknowledged Trump's reckless words on the day, Pence does not yet believe they were criminal.
  • He expressed concerns about the Department of Justice losing the American public's confidence.
  • Pence revealed widespread perception about unequal treatment of the law.
  • He prefers that judgement on Trump's conduct be left to the American public in the upcoming primaries.

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