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  • Writer's pictureWilliam Blake

Mike Pence Avoids Commitment to Pardon Donald Trump if Convicted

In a recent interview on the "Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show," former Vice President Mike Pence seemingly distanced himself from the possibility of pardoning former President Donald Trump in the event of a federal conviction. The conversation took place following Trump's indictment on 37 felony counts related to alleged mishandling of classified documents and obstruction of the investigation. Trump was subsequently arrested and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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When questioned about the indictment, Pence acknowledged the gravity of the charges, stating, "These are serious charges. And as I said, I can't defend what's been alleged, but the president does deserve to make his defense." He emphasized his belief in the importance of the pardon authority, citing his own experience as a former governor who had granted pardons. Pence considered it premature to engage in discussions about pardoning Trump at this stage, as the legal process should be allowed to unfold.

However, Clay Travis challenged Pence's stance, implying that it lacked strong leadership qualities. Pence countered by highlighting the importance of relying on the judicial process and respecting the rule of law. He expressed his confidence that the truth would emerge during the legal proceedings.

Following the interview, Clay Travis took to Twitter, criticizing Pence for not directly answering whether he would pardon Trump. Travis stated that things got heated as he pressed Pence on why he evaded the question.

Pence's comments on the interview were consistent with his statements made to the Daily Wire. He described Trump's arrest as a "sad day" for the nation and emphasized that no individual is above the law. Pence acknowledged the seriousness of the charges and reviewed the indictment over the weekend, stating that he couldn't defend the alleged actions. He reiterated the importance of allowing the legal process to run its course and affording Trump the opportunity to present his defense.

In contrast to Pence's cautious approach, several other GOP presidential candidates, such as businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and radio host Larry Elder, have indicated their intention to pardon Trump if he were to be convicted. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed her inclination to grant a pardon if elected, arguing that the well-being of the country should be the primary consideration.

Conversely, two other 2024 presidential candidates, Chris Christie and Asa Hutchinson, who polled at around 1 percent in a recent Quinnipiac survey, have been highly critical of Trump since his indictment. Christie described Trump as "completely self-centered" and "completely self-consumed" during a CNN event, while Hutchinson deemed it irresponsible for fellow GOP candidates to discuss pardons.

As the legal proceedings against Donald Trump unfold, the issue of a potential pardon becomes a point of contention among GOP presidential candidates. While some express support for the idea, others emphasize the need to respect the rule of law and allow the judicial system to determine Trump's guilt or innocence.

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