Former President Donald Trump arrested after indictment for classified documents, Vice President Pence criticizes him
Pence expresses concern over Trump's indictment but waits for court decision.
Former Vice President Mike Pence has expressed concern over former President Donald Trump's indictment for alleged mishandling of classified documents. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Pence acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations and stated that he cannot defend what is alleged. However, he emphasized the principle of innocent until proven guilty and stated that he would reserve judgment until after the court makes a final decision.
Trump has been charged with 37 felony counts, including alleged violations of the Espionage Act, to which he pleaded not guilty. Pence, having read the indictment, recognized the gravity of the allegations and refrained from defending them. He reiterated that the president is entitled to his day in court and the opportunity to present a defense.
Despite his stance on innocent until proven guilty, Pence highlighted the contrast between his own approach to classified information and that of Trump. He emphasized the potential risks to national security and the safety of armed forces that could arise from the release of defense capabilities, nuclear program details, and vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies. Pence, with two family members serving in the armed forces, emphasized the importance of protecting the nation's secrets.
Pence also criticized the politicization of the Department of Justice and pledged to address it if elected. He expressed concern over the indictment, particularly in comparison to the lack of indictment for Hillary Clinton's similar behavior during the 2016 campaign. Pence emphasized the need for equal treatment under the law and stated that the American people have lost confidence in the Department of Justice due to a series of abuses that have come to light.
Since announcing his own presidential campaign, Pence has taken a more aggressive stance against Trump. He has targeted his former running mate in advertisements and interviews.