Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy announced Tuesday that he has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Biden administration seeking to obtain all written and verbal communications related to the Justice Department’s sudden indictment of former President Donald Trump over his handling of classified documents.
Stating he is standing with President Trump and “principles over politics,” Ramaswamy sought to capitalize on the titanic media presence that will envelop Trump’s arraignment Tuesday afternoon in Miami. The tech entrepreneur added that the case against Trump is an “affront to every American.”
“This isn’t event about Donald Trump. This is about the future of equal justice in America. What we have right now are two tiers of justice: one for Biden, and one for Trump. One for Julian Assange, who sits in a prison in foreign exile, while Chelsea Manning — the trans person who gave those same documents to Julian Assange — has now had her sentence commuted by President Obama because she’s trans,” Ramaswamy said.
Ramaswamy added that he believes the indictment against Trump does not address the president’s ability to disregard an executive order like the one that established processes for handling classified documents. The president’s defenders have maintained that Trump as president had the ability to declassify all documents found in his possession.
“These are deep questions for the court to decide, but the point for me is that the indictment didn’t even make mention of any of these issues which is why it reeks of politicization. That’s why I’m skeptical about what the rest of the government is telling us about this indictment as well.
“Earlier today, my campaign filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding that the Biden White House and the DOJ reveal and direct or indirect, even verbal communications, around this indictment between Biden and the White House, Jack Smith the special counsel, and Merrick Garland who runs the DOJ,” Ramaswamy stated.
On the campaign trail, Ramawammy has built up a reputation among grassroots activists as a hard worker who stays long past when his rivals depart events. He has stocked up on political talent as well, hiring former staffers to President Trump. His latest move is yet another signal that the presidential candidate may very well be a dark horse ahead of the Republican Party’s first debate in August, especially if Trump was to be sidelined.