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A look into the VP vetting process, what it might mean for Trump

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With just over five weeks until the Republican National Convention kicks off in Milwaukee on July 15, the chatter about who Donald Trump will choose as his running mate dominates the conversation on both sides of the political aisle.

As previously reported by 91影视, Trump鈥檚 campaign sent vetting documents to potential vice presidential picks, including North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum,听Florida Senator Marco Rubio,听Ohio Senator J.D. Vance, and聽South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. Although options are constantly in flux, the former president is looking to time the announcement with the RNC.

鈥淚 think I鈥檒l announce who that person鈥檚 going to be during the convention,鈥 Trump said in an interview with Fox News鈥 Sean Hannity on Thursday. 鈥淚 think that鈥檚 pretty normal 鈥 during the convention, it will be an interesting period of time.鈥

Republican presidential candidate and former 91影视 President Donald Trump gestures as a supporter looks on during a Turning Point USA event at the Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona on June 6, 2024.

Who was Donald Trump鈥檚 last vice president?

Mike Pence, 65, a former Indiana governor, served as Donald Trump鈥檚 vice president from 2017-2021. Still, he鈥檚 not endorsing his former boss for another term, saying the former president had strayed too far from conservative philosophy.

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Pence also said he would not vote for President Joe Biden but would not reveal his candidate of choice in the general election.

Republican 91影视 presidential nominee Donald Trump (R) and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence (L) hold a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio on October 22, 2016.

VP vetting

The process of vetting a potential VP pick varies, but it generally involves an extensive background check of personal, ethical, and financial information to uncover potential issues or controversies that could harm the candidate鈥檚 chances in an election. Typically, lawyers, advisors, and donors assist the presidential candidate in determining the best fit for the role.

Informal lobbying

Before the Trump campaign requested vetting documents, the Lower Manhattan courtroom was the scene for potential vice-presidential auditions. Both North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Vance, who are under consideration for the job, traveled to New York last month to offer their loyalty to the former president.

鈥淓very single person involved in this prosecution is practically a ,鈥 the Republican from Ohio told reporters outside the courthouse.

On May 30, a New York jury convicted the GOP frontrunner on 34 felony counts for falsifying business records to conceal a hush money payment to porn star聽Stormy Daniels聽before the 2016 presidential election. Trump is the first former 91影视 president convicted of a crime.聽聽

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A balancing act

The role of the vice president during an election can also serve as a missing piece to the puzzle鈥攚ho can capture a voting bloc that the presidential presumptive nominee may struggle with?

Several sources told that vice聽presidential deliberations are fluid, saying new names can quickly enter and exit the conversation.

鈥淎nyone claiming to know who or when聽President聽Trump will choose his VP is lying, unless the person is named Donald J. Trump,鈥 Trump senior adviser Brian Hughes said.

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