Donald Trump added another case to his judicial collection. Federal prosecutors indicted the former president in relation to his actions after the 2020 presidential elections and specifically for his role on January 6, 2021. To the surprise of many, Mike Pence was one of the most critical of his former boss after the new indictment, which seems quite favorable to his intentions.
The investigation led by Jack Smith resulted in four charges: conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of an official proceeding; and conspiracy against citizens' rights.
Pence was one of the most critical of the presidential candidates towards Trump, along with Chris Christie, Will Hurd and Asa Hutchinson, although Pence's case is more striking given that the two shared four years in the White House.
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"Today's indictment serves as an important reminder: anyone who would put themselves above the Constitution should never be president of the United States," he wrote in a statement, implying that Trump does not have the qualifications to return to the Oval Office.
"Our country is more important than one man. Our Constitution is more important than any man's career. On January 6, former President Trump demanded that I choose between him and the Constitution. I chose the Constitution and I always will," he added.
However, the former governor of Indiana has reason to celebrate the tycoon's new court case. He has been fighting to earn the right to participate in the first Republican debate, scheduled for August 23. As requirements, participants must pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee, to gather donations from at least 40,000 domestic taxpayers, and the candidate must consistently obtain more than 1% in three national polls or in two national polls and one state, while having "at least 200 unique donors per state or territory in more than 20 states and/or territories."
The 40,000 national donors were proving to be an uphill climb for the Pence campaign, but everything is starting to change. Days after Trump's indictment, the campaign announced 7,400 new donors, putting him closer and closer to the August stage.
The former vice president has 20 days to gather the necessary requirements, so he is already posting content on Twitter to get as many donors as possible.