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‘No one is above the law’: Pence speaks to lawmakers after Trump indictment

Pence addresses Trump Georgia indictment

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — In Wednesday remarks, former Vice President and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence again said former President Donald Trump deserves his day in court.

Pence spoke to a group of Republican state legislators from across the country at the National Conference of State Legislatures convention. His comments were some of the first he’s made since a Georgia prosecutor released the most extensive indictment of former President Donald Trump to date late Monday night.

He cited the indictment as part of a sweeping condemnation of what he called a two-tiered justice system biased against conservatives. Still, Pence said he stood by his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, and in the weeks leading up to it. 

“No one is the above the law, and the President and all those implicated are entitled to the presumption of innocence that every American enjoys,” Pence said. “The Georgia election was not stolen, and I had no right to overturn the election on January 6th.” 

Pence has made similar remarks since he launched his campaign in June. His call for Trump and the others named in the indictment to have their day in court echoed his stance after Trump was indicted on federal charges at the beginning of August.

Pence also unveiled a five-point plan he said was meant to restore federalism to the U.S. Chief among his proposals are abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and returning some federal lands to state control. He also called for repealing all remaining mandates under the Affordable Care Act.

“I truly do believe, in a time of historic challenges at home and abroad, states hold the key to leading America back by your example and by the policies that you can advance,” he said.

In response to an Alaska lawmaker’s question about election security during a Q&A session afterward, Pence said the federal government should provide states with more resources to secure their elections but should not tell them how to do so.

Pence said he hopes Trump takes part in next week’s Republican primary candidate debate in Milwaukee. Notably, he did not answer a New Hampshire lawmaker’s question whether he would pardon Trump if elected.