(DailyVantage.com) – Former Vice President Mike Pence condemned former President Donald Trump after a grand jury indicted him of criminal conspiracy to “defraud the United States,” attempting to “corruptly obstruct and impede the January 6 congressional proceeding,” and hindering “the right to vote.”
In one of the strongest remarks of a candidate within the Republican field against Trump so far, Pence asserted, “On January 6th, Former President Trump demanded that I choose between him and the Constitution. I chose the Constitution, and I always will. [Trump’s] candidacy means less attention paid to Joe Biden’s disastrous economic… and to the pattern of corruption with Hunter.”
The grand jury’s indictment asserts that “The Defendant and co-conspirators used false claims of election fraud to get state legislators and election officials to subvert the legitimate election results and change electoral votes… organized fraudulent slates of electors… attempted to use the power and authority of the Justice Department to conduct sham election crime investigations… and attempted to enlist the Vice President to…fraudulently alter the election results,” which they believe culminated in obstruction of Congress’ proceedings for electoral certification. The maximum potential sentence on the most serious charge is 20 years in prison.
Republican critics believe the ongoing indictment efforts are politically motivated ahead of the 2024 presidential election. FiveThirtyEight aggregate polling shows Trump as the decisive frontrunner for the Republican nomination with about 53.4% compared to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 15.6%, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy at 6.9%, and Pence at 4.4%. By targeting Trump, the Biden Department of Justice assists President Biden’s re-election campaign. Furthermore, it distracts from the “sweetheart deal” they gave Hunter Biden and the possible corruption in the Biden family’s overseas business.
As the Republican presidential primary continues, further developments against Trump by the Department of Justice and against Biden by the House Oversight Committee could change the dynamics of the race. However, Trump continues to solidify his lead over challengers, giving him the best chance to challenge President Biden in the general election.
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