Pence calls appointment of special counsel to investigate Trump ‘very troubling’

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Pence said there has been ‘years of politicization at the Justice Department’

Former Vice President Mike Pence called the Justice Department’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate former President Trump “very troubling,” while telling Fox News Digital that his level of cooperation with that investigation would be up to his legal team.

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed former Justice Department official Jack Smith to the role of special counsel to investigate the entirety of the criminal probe into the retention of presidential records held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. Smith will also oversee the DOJ’s investigation into the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

During a sit-down interview with Fox News Digital on the sidelines of the Republican Jewish Coalition annual leadership conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, Pence criticized the Justice Department for its “politicization”— especially with regard to Trump.

“The appointment of a special counsel is very troubling,” Pence told Fox News Digital. “No one is above the law, but I am not sure it’s against the law to take bad advice from your lawyers.”

Pence said he was “deeply troubled” when “senior leadership at the Justice Department made the decision to execute a search warrant against the personal residence of the former president of the United States,” referring to the FBI’s unprecedented raid of Mar-a-Lago in August.

“It had never been done in history,” he said, adding that the raid “sent a divisive message across the country,” and warned that it “sent a wrong message about America around the world.”

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