GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy reportedly told the New York Post he would “be open” to evaluating pardons for members of the Biden family if he’s elected president.
“After the I am leading the great revival. After we have shut down the FBI, after we have refurbished the Department of Justice, after we have systemically pardoned anyone who was a victim of a political motivated persecution — from Donald Trump and peaceful January 6 protests — then would I would be open to evaluating pardons for members of the Biden family in the interest of moving the nation forward,” Ramaswamy told the outlet.
The 38-year-old biotech entrepreneur said a “national renewal” is the theme of his presidential candidacy.
The New York Post noted Ramaswamy’s previous statements:
Ramaswamy has previously called for a special counsel to investigate the Biden family.Advertisement
“I am calling for a special counsel to investigate and publish all findings relating to Hunter Biden and Biden-family business dealings,” Ramaswamy told The Post in June.
That month, whistleblower testimony released by House Republicans revealed that the Department of Justice prosecutor investigating Hunter Biden asked repeatedly to be named special counsel to free himself from outside pressure — but was refused by Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“There cannot be a two-tiered justice system in this country. If there is going to be a Trump-related special counsel, there must be a Biden-related special counsel,” Ramaswamy said at the time.
However, Ramaswamy criticized the New York Post’s reporting and told Maria Bartiromo it was “opposition research.”
“I respect my competitors in this GOP primary, but it’s deeply disappointing to see some of their teams – more precisely, their Super PACs – spew so many lies in response to our momentum. No, I don’t have any plans to pardon Hunter Biden. It’s planted trash. When you strike the swamp, the swamp strikes back,” Ramaswamy said Monday.
“Let me fast-forward to Jan. 21, 2025, my second day in office, after we have issued those pardons, after we have set into motion shutting down the FBI, not just reforming it, actually restoring the integrity of our government,” Ramaswamy told Bartiromo.
“The question is: Is the next thing that I then want to do, after we have set our nation forward, is it to then focus my agenda on persecuting or prosecuting Joe Biden or his family? My answer to that question is no. I’m going to be focused on stimulating the economy, ending the war in Ukraine, declaring independence from China. That is how we win as one nation,” he continued.
“So, no, I’m not going to be guided by vengeance and grievance. I’m going to be guided by integrity. But the first step to getting there is, there can be no reconciliation without truth. We have to get to the bottom of, including that bribe I believe paid to the Biden family. How that’s tied to our war in Ukraine and our support of that war in Ukraine. Get to the bottom of that first. And I stand on the side of leading us forward to a national revival, but we can’t get there without first being told the truth,” he added.
I respect my competitors in this GOP primary, but it’s deeply disappointing to see some of their teams – more precisely, their Super PACs – spew so many lies in response to our momentum. No, I don’t have any plans to pardon Hunter Biden. It’s planted trash. When you strike the… pic.twitter.com/mRyK94t9fR
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) August 14, 2023