Former Vice President Mike Pence warned the Justice Department that it ought to “give careful consideration” earlier than doubtlessly indicting former President Donald Trump.
Pence made the feedback in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd that was recorded Thursday, earlier than Attorney General Merrick Garland introduced the appointment of a particular counsel to deal with federal investigations into the 76-year-old former president.
The former veep advised Todd that he doesn’t consider Trump is above the regulation however the DOJ needs to be cautious earlier than taking “additional steps.”
“Chuck, no one is above the law. But I would hope the Justice Department would give careful consideration before they take any additional steps in this matter,” Pence stated.
Pence additionally argued that “this is really a time when our country ought to be healing,” and he railed towards the DOJ’s Mar-a-Lago raid in search of White House paperwork and FBI brokers “advancing political agendas” throughout the Trump presidency.
“Frankly, the Justice Department’s actions have been exposed from during our administration where FBI agents were advancing political agendas, falsifying records, using what came to be — found out to be opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party, the so-call ‘dossier,’” Pence stated.
“Then this past summer when we see the Justice Department execute a search warrant against the personal residence of a former president of the United States. I think the American people – I think the American people join me in hoping we can move past this contention,” he added.
In a quick assertion on Friday, Garland introduced that he has tapped veteran prosecutor Jack Smith as particular counsel to find out whether or not Trump will face federal fees in connection together with his makes an attempt to reverse the 2020 presidential election or his retention of delicate authorities paperwork at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.
Smith has spent the previous 4 years in The Hague as a warfare crimes prosecutor.
“The Department of Justice has long recognized that in certain extraordinary cases it is in the public interest to appoint a special prosecutor to independently manage an investigation and prosecution,” Garland stated in a quick afternoon assertion.
“Based on recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he is a candidate for president in the next election and the sitting president’s stated intent to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel,” Garland added.
Pence’s full interview with Todd will air Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
The former vp stated in an interview with ABC News earlier this week that he’s giving “prayerful consideration” to launching a 2024 White House bid, including that he believes Americans may have “better choices” than Trump in 2024.