Republican presidential candidates are split over the for allegedly having improperly kept classified documents, with some criticizing their party’s 2024 front-runner for his “reckless” behavior and others committing to future pardons.
Former Ambassador to the and former Vice President Mike Pence upped their criticism Tuesday as Trump was arraigned in Miami federal court, with Pence telling the Wall Street Journal that the 37-count indictment against the former president was “very serious.”
“Having read the indictment, these are very serious allegations. And I can’t defend what is alleged,” Pence, 64, told the outlet, noting claims that the classified documents revealed US defense and nuclear information. “But the president is entitled to his day in court, he’s entitled to bring a defense, and I want to reserve judgment until he has the opportunity to respond.”
Haley, 51, echoed her past comments on the charges during a Tuesday radio interview, saying Trump had been “incredibly reckless with our national security” but left open the possibility of a presidential pardon.