(DCWatchdog.com) – Former US Vice President Mike Pence has come to the defense of his former boss Donald Trump by blasting the politicized Justice Department of the Biden administration and its Attorney General, Merrick Garland.
Trump and Pence have been at odds over the January 6 breach of the US Capitol and voter fraud claims about the 2020 presidential election.
However, the former vice president has been moderate in expressing his disagreements with Trump even as he is considered a potential bidder for the 2024 presidential nomination of the Republican Party.
Pence’s new defense of his former superior came amid reports that Biden’s DOJ may indict the former president over government documents found in his Mar-a-Lago home by the FBI.
“I don’t know if it is criminal to listen to bad advice from lawyers,” Pence said in Trump’s defense while appearing on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
Pence scolded Garland and the Justice Department for ignoring standard procedures to procure presidential records for the National Archives agency.
“I’ve not hesitated to criticize the president when I think he was wrong — and clearly, possessing classified documents in an unprotected area is not proper,” the former VP declared.
“But I have to tell you, I was on the Judiciary Committee for 10 years in the House of Representatives. I know how the Justice Department works. And there had to be many other ways to resolve those issues and collect those classified documents,” Pence told NBC host Chuck Todd.
“They didn’t try everything. And I have to tell you, going to the last resort of executing a search warrant against a former president of the United States, I think, sent the wrong message,” he added.
He insisted the Democrat efforts to send the 45th US president to jail potentially gave America the image of a “third-world country.”
“I put the blame for the decision to execute a search warrant at the personal residence of the former president of the United States on the leadership of the Justice Department. It’s inconceivable to me that that wasn’t a decision that was made at the very highest levels, and approved at the highest levels,” Mike Pence hypothesized.
“It was a divisive message in this country. But I think worse still, it was the wrong message to the wider world that looks to America as the gold standard… America should never be associated with that image at all,” he elaborated.
The former US Vice President concluded by stating he had “great concerns” about the “judgment and leadership” of Attorney General Merrick Garland.
After years of breaking from former President Donald Trump, Mike Pence offered a limited defense of Trump, questioning whether Trump broke any laws, while denouncing Attorney General Merrick Garland and a politicized Justice Department. https://t.co/Kvu4N1YPq6
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