(PatriotWise.com) — On Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris emphasized the importance of holding individuals accountable for actions related to the 2020 presidential election results and the breach of the U.S. Capitol, not excluding former President Donald Trump from this purview. “We must follow the evidence and facts wherever they lead,” Harris remarked during an interview with The Associated Press in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she attended a regional summit.
Trump, currently a leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, faces federal indictment for his attempts to retain power after the 2020 election. Additionally, charges have been leveled against him in Georgia concerning efforts to challenge his 2020 electoral defeat.
Having previously served as California’s attorney general, Harris stated, “Throughout my career, I’ve upheld the law. When laws are broken, there must be repercussions.”
While the Biden administration has been cautious in commenting on Trump’s legal challenges to avoid perceptions of political interference, both President Joe Biden and Harris have been vocal about the potential threats to American democratic values following the events of the 2020 election. The Vice President noted, “The strength of democracies is contingent upon our collective dedication to defending them.”
During the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Harris stepped in on behalf of Biden. Despite some voicing disappointment at the President’s absence, the commitment of the U.S. to the region remains unwavering, as emphasized by Harris. She further stressed Southeast Asia’s significant role in the global geopolitical landscape, particularly in light of the ongoing U.S.-China dynamics over the South China Sea and Beijing’s recent territorial claims.
Addressing other global concerns, Harris expressed strong reservations about the potential alliance between Russia and North Korea concerning weapons for the invasion of Ukraine. She criticized Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and the subsequent diminishing of its military reputation.
In light of concerns regarding President Biden’s age and his potential second term, Harris dismissed the narrative that President Biden may not be fit for office. She underscored her frequent interactions with the President and his adeptness at decision-making. While she deemed any discussions about her stepping into the presidential role “hypothetical,” Harris acknowledged every vice president’s inherent responsibility regarding potential succession.
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