Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is putting his rivalry with former President Donald Trump aside as he reiterates his commitment to pardoning the former president if he wins in the 2024 election.
Ramaswamy told Fox News Sunday that his promise to pardon Trump is not about political calculations.
“This is about standing for principles over politics and I actually think that helps build trust in our institutions. That’s why I’m speaking up,” Ramaswamy said.
Ramaswamy, who admitted he would have a much easier time in the GOP primary field if Trump were not running, added that the DOJ’s weaponization of federal law enforcement against Americans based on their political beliefs is causing people to distrust the justice system.
The GOP presidential had previously vowed to quash any conviction against the former president over his mishandling of classified files. Ramaswamy maintained that the DOJ’s prosecution of Trump would permanently damage the public’s trust in the nation’s electoral process and justice system.
Trump won’t NEED a pardon. He will beat this…
BUT Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, IS THE ONLY ONE Running in 2024 who is FIGHTING for Trump.
He has my respect.
He announces to all the other candidates to sign declaration that all candidates must pledge to pardon… pic.twitter.com/V6or6GHzl7
— cagrown5 (@cagrown5) June 13, 2023
Ramaswamy has not only vowed to pardon Trump but also boldly challenged his GOP presidential rivals to do the same if elected.
“Whoever among us is elected, our job of reuniting the nation will become daunting — if not impossible,” Ramaswamy said. “I condemn these charges by the U.S. Department of Justice.”
JUST IN: Vivek Ramaswamy calls out Republican candidates for falling in line with the Democrats against Donald Trump while promising to sue the Biden administration.
It’s great to see that not all Republican candidates are falling in line with the Washington uniparty.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) June 13, 2023
Ramaswamy, a 37-year-old biotech entrepreneur, told his GOP rivals to join him in his commitment to pardon or publicly explain why they will not.
The 37-year-old has lodged a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, demanding that the DOJ hand over any communication it had with President Joe Biden’s White House regarding Trump’s federal prosecution.
🚨BREAKING: GOP Primary challenger Vivek Ramaswamy files Freedom of Information Act Request against Biden Administration to release all communications surrounding political indictment of Trump, Stands with Trump: “Principles over politics.”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) June 13, 2023
“If they do not comply with the law in the next 20 business days, then we will sue them in Federal courts at our campaign’s expense to get to the bottom of those answers,” Ramaswamy said.