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'I commit to pardoning Trump for this indictment,' Vivek Ramaswamy declares while also promising FOIA request
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'I commit to pardoning Trump for this indictment,' Vivek Ramaswamy declares while also promising FOIA request

As Republican presidential hopefuls reacted on Tuesday to the news of a four-count indictment against former President Donald Trump, author and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy pledged that as president, he would pardon Trump.

"The corrupt federal police just won’t stop until they’ve achieved their mission: eliminate Trump. This is un-American & I commit to pardoning Trump for this indictment," Ramaswamy tweeted.

He also said he is filing an FOIA request related to the indictment. Earlier this year, he had previously filed an FOIA request pertaining to another indictment against Trump and pledged to pardon Trump in that case.

"I just filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice following its failure to substantively respond to my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to uncover what White House officials including President Joe Biden communicated to Merrick Garland & Jack Smith about the unprecedented indictment in the classified documents case of a former U.S. President and one of Biden's political opponents in the 2024 Presidential election," Ramaswamy tweeted on Tuesday. "I'm also filing a separate FOIA request with the DOJ to uncover any similar communications relating to the just-issued Jan 6 Trump indictment."

Former Vice President Mike Pence, who served alongside of Trump, tweeted Tuesday that, "Today's indictment serves as an important reminder: anyone who puts himself over the Constitution should never be President of the United States."

"I will have more to say about the government’s case after reviewing the indictment. The former president is entitled to the presumption of innocence but with this indictment, his candidacy means more talk about January 6th and more distractions," Pence tweeted. "On January 6th, Former President Trump demanded that I choose between him and the Constitution. I chose the Constitution and I always will," Pence wrote.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has consistently polled in a distant second place behind Trump but far ahead of the rest of the GOP pack in the GOP presidential nomination contest, tweeted, "As President, I will end the weaponization of government, replace the FBI Director, and ensure a single standard of justice for all Americans. While I've seen reports, I have not read the indictment. I do, though, believe we need to enact reforms so that Americans have the right to remove cases from Washington, DC to their home districts. Washington, DC is a 'swamp' and it is unfair to have to stand trial before a jury that is reflective of the swamp mentality. One of the reasons our country is in decline is the politicization of the rule of law. No more excuses—I will end the weaponization of the federal government."

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