Pence warns DOJ to take ‘further action’ in Trump probe

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Pence warns DOJ to take 'further action' in Trump probe
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Former Vice President Mike Pence has warned the Justice Department that it should “give careful consideration” before potentially indicting former President Donald Trump.

Pence made the comments in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd that was taped Thursday, before Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the appointment of a special counsel to handle federal investigations into the 76-year-old former president.

The former veep told Todd he doesn’t believe Trump is above the law, but the DOJ should be careful before taking “further action.”

“Chuck, no one is above the law. But I hope the Justice Department will think carefully before taking any further action in this case,” Pence said.

Pence also argued that “this is truly a time when our country should heal,” and he spoke out against the DOJ’s Mar-a-Lago raid for White House documents and agents of the FBI “advancing political agendas” during Trump presidency.

“Frankly, the actions of the Justice Department have come to light during our administration where FBI agents were advancing political agendas, falsifying records, using what turned out to be opposition research paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party, the so-called ‘dossier,’” Pence said.

“Then last summer when we saw the Department of Justice execute a search warrant against the personal residence of a former President of the United States. I think the American people – I think the American people join to me to hope that we can get past that assertion,” he added.

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Pence believes the DOJ’s Mar-a-Lago raid was “advancing political agendas” during the Trump presidency.
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In a brief statement on Friday, Garland announced that he had tapped veteran prosecutor Jack Smith as a special counsel to determine whether Trump would face federal charges in connection with his attempts to nullify the presidential election in 2020 or its retention of sensitive government documents at its mars-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Smith has spent the past four years in The Hague as a war crimes prosecutor.

“The Department of Justice has long recognized that in certain extraordinary cases, it is in the public interest to appoint a special prosecutor to independently manage an investigation and prosecution,” Garland said in a brief statement afterward. -midday.

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The former vice president shared his thoughts on Trump in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.
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“Based on recent developments, including the former president’s announcement that he is a candidate for the presidency in the upcoming elections and the incumbent president’s stated intention to also be a candidate, I have concluded that ‘it is in the public interest to appoint a special adviser,’ Garland added.

Pence’s full interview with Todd will air Sunday on “Meet the Press.”

The former vice president said in an interview with ABC News earlier this week that he plans to launch a bid for the White House in 2024, adding that he thinks Americans will have “better choices” than Trump in 2024.

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