In a series of candid interviews, former Vice President Mike Pence openly discussed the possibility of testifying in the trial concerning former President Donald Trump's 2020 election case. While making clear his unwavering intention to uphold the law, Pence also provided insight into his own interpretation of the events that took place during the tumultuous post-election period.
Standing By The Rule of Law
Speaking with CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” Pence said, “I have no plans to testify, but, look, we’ll always comply with the law. But … I don’t know what the path of this indictment will be”.
Pence reiterated his respect for the legal process in a subsequent interview with CBS News, stating, “we’ll respond to the call of the law if it comes and we’ll just tell the truth” if summoned as a witness.
Acknowledging the trial's complexities, Pence said, “The president’s entitled to a presumption of innocence. He’s entitled to make his defense in court”. He further touched on the constitutional dimensions of the case, mentioning, “There are profound issues around this, pertaining to the First Amendment, freedom of speech and the rest.
I’m confident he and his lawyer will litigate all those things”.
Pence’s Stance on the Electoral College Controversy
One of the most contentious points of the 2020 election aftermath was Trump’s assertion that Pence had the authority to reject the Electoral College vote outcome as vice president.
Addressing this claim, Pence told CNN, “The American people deserve to know that President Trump asked me to put him over my oath to the Constitution, but I kept my oath and I always will”. Pence’s commitment to the Constitution also factored into his declaration of a potential presidential run.
“I’m running for president in part because I think anyone who puts themselves over the Constitution should never be president of the United States. Our Constitution is more important than any one man. Our country is more important than any one man’s career,” he declared.
In response to Pence’s assertions, Trump took to Truth Social on Saturday evening, refuting the claims. He posted, “I never told … Pence to put me above the Constitution,” labelling the former vice president as “delusional”.
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