It’s long been believed that Vice President Mike Pence may be just as tied up in the Russia investigation, or possibly moreso, as President Trump is. Just This week, Pence hired private counsel to represent him as special prosecutor Robert Mueller inches closer and closer to uncovering the truth. According to the Washington Post, Pence wants to be prepared for possible questioning by Congressional committees as well as Mueller.
Rachel Maddow has been reporting for months that there is almost no way possible that Pence didn’t at the least know what was going on, and at the most was deeply involved in it. “[H]earing that story — today is the first [he’s] hearing of it,” Pence told Fox News’s Bret Baier about retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
“That cannot be true,” claims Maddow, before showing a timeline of warnings that Pence received.
“Either they were criminally negligent — or they weren’t and they knew,” Maddow said last March.
Either way, it looks like Pence is going to need a really good lawyer, because the case Mueller is building on the other side is looking stronger by the day.
“I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel,” a Pence spokesperson told The Post via email. “The Vice President is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the President’s agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter.”
Yeah, we’re sure he is.
Co-founder of the Democratic Coalition, Scott Dworkin, was on MSNBC’s Morning Joy recently and shared his thoughts on Mike Pence taking the fall for hiring ex-General Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor.
He said, “Pence is a hands on guy, he was leading the transition team himself.” Dworkin also said that he sees the chips falling into place for Pence to take the fall on this one, which makes perfect sense given the fact that the Trump administration is clearly always looking for someone to place to blame on, e.g. blaming Obama for not properly vetting Flynn.
After November 18th, when Flynn was reported to the Department of Justice for failing to register his paid representation of Turkey by the Democratic Coalition AND by the House Oversight Committee, Pence had to have known what was happening.
“Mike Pence would have to be a straight up idiot to not realize that Flynn was going to register as a foreign agent, or the staff would have to be totally incompetent for him not to be aware of the situation,” Dworkin said.
Transition team Chair Mike Pence went ahead and appointed an unregistered Turkish agent to America’s National Security team.
The Siberia Energy Group’s owner has major ties to the Dutch company owned by a Turkish government official, who paid Flynn and caused him to register under FARA a month after being fired due to the media firestorm after his contacts with Russian Ambassador Kislyak were revealed.
Flynn also took money from Russia’s RT propaganda outlet for travel, and had a long dinner with Putin in Moscow for the tv station’s 10th anniversary, as well as a Russian airline that violated sanctions, and a Russian cybersecurity company with Kremlin ties.
Pence has gotten away with looking the most sane out of all the Republicans lately which is saying a lot. With Gen. Michael Flynn out this week lobbying for foreign causes and his ties to Russia looking even deeper, people are going to realize what Pence did with this appointment.
Dworkin wasn’t having any of this and said, “Mr. Flynn should be stripped of his military title, he should also be in jail right now.” Dworkin continued, “anyone who helped cover it up, who helped push him through, they should be just as culpable as well. I guarantee you that there will be a paper trail — an electronic trail — leading back to at least Mike Pence.”
Check out the interview below: