Another day, another scandal. The Trump White House is currently one of the most embattled U.S. administrations the nation has ever seen. Yet, despite the chaos, one man remains unusually silent: Vice President Mike Pence.
VP Pence in Denial
His excuse? He didn’t know, was not informed, not present or not involved in controversial events such as former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s unlawful lobbying on behalf of Turkey and his communications with a top Russian spy or the president’s abrupt decision to sack FBI Director James Comey.
An unnamed official told NBC that Pence may be following a “pattern” to stay out of controversy. That pattern is to claim that he was never informed on the facts. The source thinks the pattern must be “intentional”.
Several reports have shown that the VP knew about some events even though he repeatedly denied it.
Pence started by publicly defending Flynn after media reports accused him thaht he was in contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December. The former Indiana governor said the two men exchanged only “Christmas wishes” during the meeting.
They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia,
the VP said in an interview with CBS at the time.
However, the media found that the duo discussed the possibility of lifting Obama-era sanctions on Russia after Trump assumes office. When reports revealed that Flynn exchanged more than Christmas wishes with the Russian ambassador one month before Trump’s inauguration, Pence said he was “disappointed” to learn that Flynn had lied to him.
Media Reports Contradict Pence
Recent reports revealed president Trump and other White House officials knew months before Flynn was fired that the former official was compromised. Pence also said that he learned about Flynn’s misconduct just a day before The Washington Post published a bombshell story.
Pence also denied not knowing about a warning to Trump by former transition Attorney General Sally Yates, who told the president Flynn was “compromised with respect to the Russians” and he had been lying other Cabinet officials.
Earlier this month, Yates told the Senate that the VP was “unknowingly” making false statements about Flynn.
Pence’s latest denial is tied to Flynn’s association to Turkey. He said he was not aware of any money Flynn received as an unauthorized lobbyist for the Turkish government.
Nevertheless, a November report shows that Rep. Elijah Cummings had warned Pence who was serving as head of the transition team on Nov. 18 about Flynn’s lobbying for to a Dutch firm owned by a Turkish entrepreneur with close ties to the Russian government.
Cummings confirmed that Flynn had access to classified information while his consulting firm was receiving hefty payments to lobby the U.S. government for a foreign government.
Cummings said last week that the VPotus was either lying or simply “running a sloppy shop.”
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