UNITED STATES: Former U.S. vice president and Republican presidential nominee Mike Pence stated on Sunday that he believed former President Donald Trump’s statements and actions preceding the Capitol attacks on January 6, 2021, were careless but unlikely to be criminal.
Pence said on a US news channel that although his statements were careless, he was not yet “convinced that they were criminal.”
On Tuesday, Trump stated that he had received a letter informing him that he is the subject of a grand jury investigation investigating efforts to rig the 2020 presidential election.
The letter is the most evident indication so far that Trump, who is leading the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, could potentially be charged with federal crimes related to his attempts to retain power after losing the election to Democrat Joe Biden.
Regarding a possible indictment of Trump for attempting to rig the 2020 election, Vice President Mike Pence stated, “I hope it does not come to that.” He stated that it should be up to the American people to decide if Trump is to blame.
“His actions were reckless,” Pence stated. “I don’t honestly know what his intention was” on January 6, 2021,” he stated further.
The then-president constantly criticised Pence for hesitating to try to stop Congress from declaring Biden’s victory in the 2020 election prior to the 2021 Capitol assaults by Trump supporters.
On Sunday, Pence stated that Trump was mistaken to believe that the former vice president could change the outcome of the election. In the protests at the Capitol, some protesters yelled, “hang Mike Pence.”
“I know I did my duty that day,” Pence stated on Sunday.
Separately, Trump was indicted for allegedly retaining national security documents improperly upon his departure from office and providing false statements to officials during their attempts to retrieve them. He has pleaded not guilty.
Furthermore, he is currently facing charges related to the manipulation of business records in an attempt to conceal a payment made to a porn star as hush money.