Former Vice President Mike Pence has broken his silence following the recent indictment of former President Donald Trump on counts related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. In his remarks, Pence reiterated that he believes the election was not stolen and emphasized that he had no authority to overturn the election results on January 6th.
Speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Indianapolis, Pence stressed that “no one is above the law” and that all individuals, including the former president, are entitled to the presumption of innocence. He acknowledged that Georgia was one of the states President Biden narrowly carried to defeat Trump’s re-election bid.
Pence also referenced the comments made by Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp, who pushed back against Trump’s claims of election fraud by emphasizing that anyone with evidence of fraud has failed to prove their claims in a court of law.
Pence, who was overseeing the congressional certification of the Electoral College vote on January 6th, 2021, reiterated that he believes he did his duty that day to ensure a peaceful transfer of power under the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Regarding the upcoming GOP presidential primary debate on August 23rd, hosted by Fox News, Pence expressed hope that Trump would participate. However, Trump’s attendance remains uncertain as he has not yet signed the Republican National Committee’s loyalty pledge, which is a requirement for candidates to appear on the debate stage.