“Country more important than one man,” according to Mike Pence, following fresh charges against Donald Trump.

In the wake of his former boss’s conviction for seeking to void the outcome of the 2020 election, former US Vice President Mike Pence has voiced his harshest criticism of Donald Trump.

In the third criminal case brought against him, the US Justice Department is accusing Mr. Trump of plotting to obstruct the handoff of authority and maintain his position in office even after Joe Biden defeated him.

As he runs against Trump in 2024, Mr. Pence, who held the position of Vice President under Trump, said the accusations served as a reminder that “anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be President of the United States.”

Mr. Trump demanded a choice between the president and the Constitution, the former president stated, criticizing the former president’s activities surrounding the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol that caused him to hide as some in the mob screamed, “Hang Mike Pence.”

“One man is not more important than our country,” he declared. A man’s profession is not as essential as our constitution.”

The accusations include tampering with witnesses and conspiring to deceive the US government.

Federal prosecutors stated in the indictment that he disseminated lies to foster a “intense national atmosphere of mistrust and anger” and “erode public faith in the administration of the election,” knowing full well that his claims about losing the 2020 presidential contest were untrue.

The indictment contains fresh information that was not made public during the widely reported House January 6 Committee investigation into the uprising.

The accusations detail exchanges in which Mr. Trump sought to convince Mr. Pence to either reject the presidential electors or postpone the 2020 election’s certification.

While Mr. Pence spoke before the federal grand jury looking into Mr. Trump, he chose not to speak before the House committee.

According to Jack Smith, the special counsel for the Justice Department, Mr. Trump’s deceit “fueled” the assault on the US Capitol.

After the former president’s charge was made public, he made a brief statement in Washington saying, “The attack on our nation’s capital on January 6, 2021, was an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy.”

The former president is scheduled to appear on Thursday before US District Judge Tanya Chutkan.

With the indictment centered on the two months between the US Capitol riot in November 2020 and the election, Mr. Trump maintains that he did nothing illegal.

The former president denounced the prosecution as attempting to rig the election with “yet another Fake Indictment.”

Why didn’t they take these actions 2.5 years ago? On his Truth Social page, he posed the question, “Why did they wait for so long?

Since they desired to correct it in the midst of my campaign. Misconduct by the Prosecution!”

A conviction would not stop Mr. Trump from running for president or the White House, despite the fact that the growing criminal charges against him are taking place in the midst of the 2024 election.

Separately, before the 2016 election, Mr. Trump was accused by New York state authorities of fabricating business records about a hush money payment to an adult film star. Beginning in late March is the trial.

In the meantime, the Justice Department has filed more than thirty felonies in Florida against Mr. Trump, alleging that he left the White House with unauthorized possession of sensitive materials and that he concealed them from the government.

It starts the trial in late May.

Georgian prosecutors are also looking into Mr. Trump’s and his allies’ attempts to overturn his electoral defeat. Early in August, prosecutors are anticipated to make an announcement regarding their decision regarding the former president’s indictment.

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