Former Vice President Mike Pence claimed in an announcement that former President Donald Trump put “himself over the Structure” and will “by no means be President of the US” after Particular Counsel Jack Smith indicted Trump on fees stemming from January 6.
Trump was indicted by a Washington, DC, grand jury on Tuesday on 4 counts, together with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., conspiracy to hinder an official continuing, obstruction and try to hinder an official continuing, and conspiracy in opposition to rights in relation to the January 6 Capitol Riots.
“Right now’s indictment serves as an essential reminder: anybody who places himself over the Structure ought to by no means be President of the US,” Pence stated in an announcement. “I’ll have extra to say in regards to the authorities’s case after reviewing the indictment.”
Pence cautioned voters that Trump’s indictment would take away focus from “Joe Biden’s disastrous financial insurance policies.”
“The previous president is entitled to the presumption of innocence however with this indictment, his candidacy means extra discuss January sixth and extra distractions,” Pence stated. “As People, his candidacy means much less consideration paid to Joe Biden’s disastrous financial insurance policies afflicting tens of millions throughout the US and to the sample of corruption with Hunter.”
Notably, Pence repeatedly seems all through Smith’s four-count indictment in opposition to the previous president.
The indictment alleges that Trump “repeated knowingly false claims of election fraud and instantly pressured the Vice President to make use of his ceremonial position on the certification continuing on January 6 to fraudulently overturn the outcomes of the election.”
The indictment refers to Pence’s “contemporaneous notes” throughout a January 4, 2021, assembly with Trump and several other White Home officers during which Trump “made knowingly false claims of election fraud.”
In accordance with the indictment, then-Vice President Mike Pence took “contemporaneous notes” pic.twitter.com/PEmsjhEgn6
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Smith’s indictment alleges Trump instructed Pence, “you’re too trustworthy,” when Pence instructed Trump he believed there was no constitutional authority for the vice chairman to “reject or return votes to the states.”
Pence claimed in his assertion, “Our nation is extra essential than one man,” including, “Our structure is extra essential than anybody man’s profession.”
NOW: Former VP Mike Pence formally breaks with Trump and accuses him of placing himself forward of the Structure pic.twitter.com/LBevyVDdXy
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“On January sixth, Former President Trump demanded that I select between him and the Structure. I selected the Structure and I all the time will,” Pence stated.
The previous vice chairman then pledged to defend America in a means in line with “the Structure and the character and decency of the American individuals.”
“As your president, I can’t yield an inch in defending America, our individuals, or our values, and I promise you: I’ll achieve this in a means in line with my oath to the Structure and the character and decency of the American individuals,” Pence concluded. “We are going to restore a threshold of integrity and civility in public life so we will carry actual options to the challenges plaguing our nation.”