Vice President and evangelical extremist Mike Pence always seems so exasperated when journalists ask him about Trump/Russia and the 2016 election. It’s like he can’t be bothered with what he considers to be unimportant nonsense. Fortunately, the U.S. still has legal checks and balances.
The last few days have been pretty brutal for Donald Trump and his eldest son, Donald, Jr. The New York Times reported that Don, Jr. Met with a lawyer connected to the Kremlin, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who promised dirt on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The dirt was from the Russian government, and it was meant to help Trump win the U.S. presidential election.
Just before Trump’s inauguration – on January 15 – then Vice President Pence elect appeared on Face The Nation, and when he was asked if the members of Trump campaign had any contact with Russian officials, Pence’s irritation was working overtime.
John Dickerson asked Pence: “Did any adviser or anybody in the Trump campaign have any contact with the Russians who were trying to meddle in the election?”
Pence replied, “Oh, of course not. And I think to suggest that is to give — to give credence — to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy and the fact that a few news organizations — not this one — actually trafficked in a memo that was produced as opposition research and associated that with intelligence efforts, I think could only be attributed to media bias.”
Let’s not forget that the Vice President headed Trump’s transition team and, in the Face The Nation interview, Pence defended Mike Flynn, who he said he “did not discuss [with Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the U.S.] anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia.”
Weeks later, Flynn was forced to resign for failing to disclose that information.
There’s also this:
But Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent Pence a letter on November 18 requesting more information about the potential conflicts of interest posed by Flynn’s lobbying work.
“Recent news reports have revealed that Lt. Gen. Flynn was receiving classified briefings during the presidential campaign while his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, Inc., was being paid to lobby the U.S. Government on behalf of a foreign government’s interests,” Cummings wrote.
Oh, Mike, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do!