Republican Presidential nominee and former Vice President Mike Pence told the New York Post that he is ready to “clean house” in the leadership of the Justice Department, including firing FBI Director Christopher Wray on his first day in office if he is elected.
During his exclusive interview with the New York Post, Pence relayed how “The American people have lost confidence in the Department of Justice.”
He emphasized that if he was elected as “President of the United States, on day one, we’re going to clean house on the top floor of the Department of Justice” and bring in new people to take on those recently vacated roles.
According to the interview, the FBI director would be among those he’d dismiss in January 2025.
Pence added that when former President Donald Trump was indicted on federal charges that alleged he mishandled documents after he left the White House was “a sad day for our country,” but emphasized that said that the indictment contained serious allegations that he couldn’t “defend what is alleged.”
As for his own problem with classified documents found in his Indiana home after leaving office, Pence said he was satisfied with the DOJ’s decision that it was a “mistake” and not make charges.
Pence expressed being “pleased” that the Department of Justice “concluded it was an innocent mistake,” taking the opportunity to clarify that “It was a mistake.”
The former Vice President added that he “took full responsibility” for the classified materials in his possession, emphasizing that protecting “classified materials of the United States is a very serious matter.”
Classified materials similar to those found at Mar-a-Lago were found in several locations that President Joe Biden used, and the FBI found classified material in 2016 on a server at the home of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Clinton was never indicted.
Special counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into Biden continues.
Pence, who clearly trails Trump by a significant margin in the 2024 GOP primary polling, said he was loyal to Trump until January 6, 2021.
The former Vice President shared how he would “always be proud of the record of the Trump administration” and had been loyal to the former President until his “loyalty to the Constitution required me to do otherwise.”