(AmericanProsperity.com) – Former Vice President Mike Pence said during a June 14 interview he won’t commit to pardoning former president Donald Trump if he’s convicted. Talking with hosts Buck Sexton and Clay Travis, Pence made some comments about what he would do if he’s elected and Trump’s legal situation.
When Travis pressed him to commit to pardoning the former president, Pence said Trump was facing serious charges and that he can’t defend what has been alleged. However, the former vice president told Travis that while he takes pardons seriously, it’s “premature” to talk about Trump’s case.
To these remarks, Travis responded that his decision to let the legal process decide Trump’s fate was a clear refusal to step up “on the front of leadership.” After that, Pence told Travis he clearly didn’t know what Trump’s defense was, adding that he didn’t know the facts either. He also told Travis that Americans needed to trust in the country’s judicial process and stand by the rule of law.
The interview turned tense after these comments, as Travis seemed to take Pence’s words personally. He even told the former vice president he was being quite “disrespectful” on this issue, to which Pence responded that he knew what he was talking about. Pence said he perfectly knew what pardoning someone meant as he did that during his time as a governor.
Pence’s refusal to commit to pardoning Trump comes as no surprise, considering that Trump’s relationship with Pence turned sour after both men left office. In fact, the former vice president even provided some aggressive comments against the former commander-in-chief during his campaign announcement.
With these remarks at the radio show, Pence distanced himself from the stance of other Republican candidates who have said they would pardon Trump. These include businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
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