Mike Pence calls Donald Trump’s possible indictment a ‘politically charged lawsuit’
Former Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that any potential impeachment against former President Donald Trump over campaign finances related to a silent payment to a porn star would be a “politically charged prosecution.”
Mr Pence’s defense came despite recent criticism from his former boss and a presidential election expected in 2024.
“I am surprised at the idea of indicting a former President of the United States at a time when there is a crime wave in New York, that the fact that the Manhattan prosecutor thinks indicting President Trump is its top priority, just tells you everything you need to know about the radical left in this country,” Pence said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It looks like a politically charged pursuit here.”
Mr Trump said he believed he would be arrested in the coming days for a silent payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. He called on supporters to protest.
Mr Pence said he supported the idea of a peaceful protest but warned of violence similar to that during the US Capitol riot, where the former vice president and lawmakers were put in danger.
“The frustration that Americans feel about how they feel is a two tier justice system in this country, I think that’s well-founded, but I think people understand that if they give a voice to that, if that happens, they have to do it. peacefully and legally,” he said. “That the violence that happened on January 6, the violence that happened in cities across this country in the summer of 2020 was a disgrace. The American people will not tolerate it and those who engage in this kind of violence should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.