former Vice President Mike Pence He described a Manhattan grand jury’s decision to indict former President Donald Trump over a campaign finance case as “outrage” in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that aired Thursday night.
And he will face his former boss in the Republican primary if he decides to run for president, said Pence Investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Trump over alleged silent payments to porn star Stormy Daniels appears to be a “political trial”.
“I think the unprecedented indictment of a former president of the United States on campaign finance is an outrage,” Pence said.
In a historic development, Trump on Thursday became the first former US president to face criminal charges. The charges relate to payments of $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, and another $150,000 to a former Playboy model. Karen McDougal.
bribe payments These payments were disclosed to both McDougal and Daniels and were reported by Fox News in 2018. These payments have been investigated by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Federal Election Commission
Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York chose not to charge Trump in connection with the Stormy Daniels payments in 2019, even when Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen implicated him as part of a plea deal for making an illegal campaign contribution. Cohen claims he arranged those payments to McDougall and Daniels at Trump’s request. The Federal Election Commission has also thrown its investigation into the matter into 2021. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his delivery to the Manhattan DA office,” a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Thursday. “Guidance will be provided when a date is set for the subpoena.”
Reactions to Trump’s indictment have been expected mostly along partisan lines. Republicans expressed various forms of anger. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., accused Prague of causing irreparable harm to the nation and said he “used our sacred justice system as a weapon against President Donald Trump. Democrats He welcomed the criminal charges Long, with Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., leading Democrats in Trump’s first impeachment trial, saying the charges were fair.
“If justice requires that Michael Cohen be imprisoned for a scheme directed by someone else, justice also requires that the person responsible for directing the scheme must be held accountable for his crimes against the law – and that person is Donald Trump,” Schiff said.
Pence said that pressing charges against Trump “harms the country” and warned that the accusations would divide Americans, noting that millions still support Trump.
“I think the American people will look at this and see it as another example of the criminalization of politics in this country,” he said.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Marta Dhanis contributed to this report.