Pence is not “convinced” that Trump’s actions on January 6 were criminal, as Rep. Schiff, D-R.S., says he “cannot imagine” a more serious crime.
- Former Vice President Mike Pence is not convinced that Trump committed a crime on January 6
- Democratic Rep. Schiff said Trump’s actions during the Capitol Hill riot were the most egregious and “serious” of any charge.
- Special counsel Jack Smith sent a letter informing Trump that he is the subject of the investigation into the January 6 attack on Capitol Hill.
Mike Pence says he is not “convinced” that Donald Trump committed a crime on January 6, 2021, as Democrats mount increasing pressure to impeach the former president in connection with the attack on the Capitol.
The 2024 hopeful also said “judgment” over his former boss’s conduct on that fateful day should be left to voters in the 2024 election, despite the fact that the special prosecutor investigating that attack sent an objective letter this month to the former chief executive.
It comes as Democrats are ramping up the rhetoric against Trump, as the 2024 race status indicates he will once be the Republican nominee for president.
Rep. Adam Schiff, who helped lead the House Select Committee investigating the riots on Capitol Hill, said he could not imagine “more serious conduct” than Trump did on and after Jan. 6, 2021.
Meanwhile, Rep. Nancy Pelosi insisted that Trump is not above the law, saying the “facts” of the case are out in the open.
Former vice president and 2024 hopeful Mike Pence said Sunday that he is not convinced that Donald Trump committed a crime on January 6, 2021.
The comments come after special counsel Jack Smith sent a letter to Trump informing him that he is the subject of the investigation into the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
“The president’s words were reckless that day: he had no right to overturn an election,” Pence admitted during an interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. “But while his words were reckless, from what I know, I’m still not convinced that they were criminals.”
“Obviously I wasn’t there for every meeting,” he added, but stated: “The Department of Justice has lost the trust of the American people.”
“At town hall after town hall in New Hampshire, I’ve heard deep concern about the perception of unequal treatment of the law,” the former vice president said. “And I think one more indictment against the former president will only add to that sentiment among the American people.”
“I would prefer that these issues and the judgment on his conduct on January 6 be left to the American people in the next primary, and I will leave it at that.”
Pelosi was not happy with what the 2024 hopeful was saying.
She said, in a CNN interview after Pence’s, that “the president is not above the law.”
“I’m afraid what I’ve heard the vice president say before, as much as I admire him, he was a hero that day, Mike Pence was, the president is not above the law,” he added when asked if he believes Trump committed a crime on Jan. 6.
‘We saw what happened. It was very clear. It’s heartbreaking,” he continued with CNN host Dana Bash. I mean, the courts will act. He is innocent until proven guilty.
Rep. Schiff of California added that the January 6 charges could be the “most serious” Trump faces of all the current investigations into him, including last month’s indictment that saw him accused of bringing classified documents to Mar-a-Lago.
Nancy Pelosi (right) said Sunday: ‘I’m afraid what I heard the vice president say earlier, as much as I admire him…the president is not above the law. We saw what happened. It was very clear. it’s heartbreaking
Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, were the most egregious of any charge. “It is hard to imagine a president being involved in more serious misconduct. So, it’s the most serious thing he’s faced so far,” he told MSNBC.
“It’s hard to imagine a president being involved in more serious misconduct,” Schiff told MSNBC. ‘So, it’s the most serious thing he’s faced so far.’
‘The case of the Mar-a-Lago documents was a threat to our national security. it’s very serious. Obviously, the multiple charges of commercial fraud in New York are also serious,’ explained the California Democrat. “But this is essentially a set of charges that revolve around his efforts to stop the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in our history.”
Schiff claims that Trump’s “not-so-veiled threats of violence” are what he does when “the law catches up with him.”
“He has done it now repeatedly,” he concluded.