Pence slams Trump saying 'our country is more important than one man'

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Mike Pence (R) is mentioned numerous times in the indictment (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
Mike Pence (R) is mentioned numerous times in the indictment (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

Former Vice-President Mike Pence has slammed Donald Trump in the wake of his indictment saying "our country is more important than one man."

Trump has been indicted on four criminal charges related to the deadly Jan 6 Capitol riot by his supporters trying to overturn the 2020 election, in an historic moment for the US.

In a statement released after the announcement of Trump's indictment, Pence said: "Our country is more important than one man. Our constitution is more important than any one man's career.

"On January 6th, Former President Trump demanded that I choose between him and the Constitution. I chose the Constitution and I always will.

"As your president, I will not yield an inch in defending America, our people, or our values, and I promise you: I will do so in a way consistent with my oath to the Constitution and the character and decency of the American people. We will restore a threshold of integrity and civility in public life so we can bring real solutions to the challenges plaguing our nation."

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Pence slams Trump saying 'our country is more important than one man'Mike Pence is also in the running for the Republican nomination (AFP via Getty Images)

Trump is facing a four-count indictment - conspiracy to defraud the US; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of an official proceeding; and conspiracy against rights.

Responding to the new charges, the Trump team put out a deranged statement, comparing his treatment to Nazi Germany.

The unhinged rant read: "The lawlessness of these persecutions of President Trump and his supporters is reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, the former Soviet Union, and other authoritarian, dictatorial regimes. President Trump has always followed the law and the Constitution, with advice from many highly accomplished attorneys."

Announcing the indictment, Special Counsel for the United States Department of Justice Jack Smith described the January 6 riot as “an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy” that was “fueled by lies by the defendant targeted at obstructing the bedrock function of the US government admissions process of collecting, counting and certifying the results of the presidential election”.

Pence slams Trump saying 'our country is more important than one man'The indictment has revealed Pence and Trump butted heads over claims the last election had been stole (MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Molly Gaston, an assistant US attorney, revealed the existence of an indictment to a federal magistrate. She did not say whom was indicted or for what. Trump is expected to appear in court in Washington DC on August 3.

The indictment accuses Trump and conspirators of organising fake slates in seven states and trying to use power of Department of Justice to conduct “sham election crime investigations” in targeted states to advance fake electors plan.

The 77-year-old has been charged twice this year with other crimes. The first in March in New York City is for falsifying business records falsification.

It was brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg over a 2016 hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

In June, Trump was charged with crimes related to mishandling classified documents. He is also expected to be charged later this month by prosecutors in Georgia over allegations he tried to overturn the Peach State’s 2020 general election result.

Charlie Jones

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