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Ramaswamy decries indictment of Trump, presses Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to pledge to issue pardon
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Ramaswamy decries indictment of Trump, presses Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to pledge to issue pardon

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has condemned the federal indictment of former President Donald Trump, declaring that the "document reeks of politicization."

In Miami on Tuesday, Trump, who is the clear frontrunner in the GOP presidential primary contest, pleaded not guilty to charges lodged against him.

Various Republican candidates are vying for the Republican presidential nomination, while on the Democratic side of the aisle, President Joe Biden is being challenged by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson.

Ramaswamy has committed that as president he would pardon Trump of the charges, and he is calling upon fellow presidential candidates in both political parties to make the same commitment or explain why they are not willing to do so.

"Each of our paths to electoral success would be easier if President Trump were eliminated from competition, but that is the wrong result for our country. The fact that we are running against Trump gives us credibility to denounce this politicized prosecution," Ramaswamy declared in a letter to the other GOP presidential candidates as well as to the two Democratic primary contenders challenging Biden, urging them to commit to pardon Trump if they get elected president or explain why they are opposed to making such a pledge.

Ramaswamy's campaign has filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking communications related to the the decision to indict Trump.

"My campaign just filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demand to uncover *exactly* what the White House communicated to Merrick Garland & Jack Smith about the unprecedented indictment of a former U.S. President & Biden's disfavored opponent in this election," Ramaswamy tweeted on Monday.

"The purpose of this request is to obtain access to any records within the possession of the United States Department of Justice, including electronic communications exchanged by Department of Justice officers or employees with each other, or with non-government third-parties, concerning the decision to bring a criminal indictment against President Donald J. Trump," the request states.

Ramaswamy, who delivered remarks in Miami, Florida, on Tuesday, declared that if the government does not respond to the FOIA request within 20 business days as required, his campaign will foot the bill for a lawsuit to press for the release of the information.

"If they can do this to Trump, they can do this to any of us," Ramaswamy said.

Vivek Ramaswamy on Trump's Indictment in Miami 6.13.23www.youtube.com

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