(TheRedWire.com) – Following the recent indictment of ex-President Donald Trump on charges connected to his attempts to challenge the 2020 Georgia election results, Mike Pence, the former Vice President, stressed that there was no election fraud.
“Contrary to persistent claims from the former president and his supporters for over two years, the Georgia election was conducted fairly. I had no authority to challenge its outcome on January 6th,” Pence remarked during an event with state legislators in Indianapolis at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Referring to Trump, Pence declared that “every individual is accountable to the law.”
“Nevertheless, the former president and all those involved deserve the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty,” he continued.
The charges filed by Fulton County, Georgia’s federal prosecutors allege that Trump deliberately conspired with numerous individuals, including some of his senior advisers, to alter the election’s final tally.
In the 2020 race, Georgia was among the few states that swung in favor of President Biden, enabling his victory over Trump.
Shortly after his recent indictment, Trump announced possessing “proof” of Georgia’s 2020 election misconduct and hinted at unveiling this in an upcoming press briefing.
Responding to this, Republican Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia, who approved the state’s 2020 election results despite Trump’s opposition, challenged these baseless allegations.
“It’s been almost three years, and nobody has produced concrete evidence of any wrongdoing and validated it in a court. Georgia’s elections are transparent, open, and fair, and they’ll remain so under my administration,” Kemp posted on social media platforms.
Echoing Kemp’s sentiments, Pence highlighted his constitutional responsibility as vice president on January 6, 2021, ensuring the smooth validation of the Electoral College votes.
“I am confident that with divine guidance, I upheld my obligations that day, ensuring the uninterrupted transition of leadership, as outlined by the U.S. Constitution and national laws,” Pence received a commendation for his statement.
Two weeks before his Georgia indictment, Trump faced federal charges in Washington, D.C., linked to his endeavors to contest his 2020 electoral defeat. These charges relate to his behaviors leading up to January 6, 2021, when his followers besieged the U.S. Capitol, temporarily halting the official acknowledgment of President Biden’s win over Trump.
As the Capitol was under attack, Pence, who was present to supervise the joint congressional session and several legislators, had to seek shelter. Some of the aggressors even called for Pence’s execution. Since then, Trump’s most fervent followers have harshly criticized him.
Recently, Pence expressed his anticipation for Trump’s appearance at the upcoming GOP presidential primary debate on August 23, hosted by Fox News.
However, Trump remains undecided about participating in the Milwaukee debate, having not committed to the Republican National Committee’s loyalty agreement, a stipulation for candidates’ participation.
This loyalty commitment requires candidates to back the Republican party’s eventual presidential nominee, whoever that might be, and to only engage in debates approved by the national party committee.
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