Vivek Ramaswamy, a businessman running for president as a Republican, reportedly promised to pardon former President Trump “promptly” if he were elected in 2024.
Trump claimed to have received notice of his federal indictment less than an hour earlier in the investigation into secret information conducted by special counsel Jack Smith.
Next Tuesday is the former president’s scheduled appearance in federal court, which he described as “a dark day” for the nation.
“It would be much easier for me to win this election if Trump weren’t in the race, but I stand for principles over politics. I commit to pardon Trump promptly on January 20, 2025 and to restore the rule of law in our country.” Ramaswamy said in a Twitter post.
“I never thought we’d see the day when the U.S. President deputizes the DOJ to arrest his lead rival in the middle of an election,” he continues.
“This is an affront to every citizen: we cannot devolve into a banana republic where the party in power uses police force to arrest its political opponents. It’s hypocritical for the DOJ to selectively prosecute Trump but not Biden.” he concluded.