Considering the rate at which Donald Trump and those closest to him are finding themselves in criminal scandals these days, it’s difficult to keep track of them all. But as is often the case, the latest scandal is usually the greatest scandal, and that especially holds true now.
How so? Well, recently it was revealed that Trump’s inaugural committee fundraising is now being criminally investigated, both in terms of where the money came from, and where it went. And as it turns out, Mike Pence’s name has emerged at the forefront of the scandal.
You see, back when Donald Trump assigned a lead for the transition team, he wanted Chris Christie, but then quickly fired him and replaced him with Mike Pence. It seemed like a suspicious move at the time, and perhaps it was. As Michael Lewis’ book, The Fifth Risk, points out, Trump’s decision to fire Christie had more to do with Trump’s desire to pocket the money than it did the transition.
Don’t believe it? Well, see this rather profane passage from the book for yourself below:
Trump was apoplectic, actually yelling, “You’re stealing my money! You’re stealing my fucking money! What the fuck is this??” Seeing Bannon, Trump turned on him and screamed, “Why are you letting him steal my fucking money?” Bannon and Christie together set out to explain to Trump federal law. […] To which Trump replied, “Fuck the law. I don’t give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.” Bannon and Christie tried to explain that Trump couldn’t have both his money and a transition.”
In other words, Donald Trump fired Chris Christie as the head of the transition team simply because Christie wouldn’t allow him to take the money. As a result, Trump assigned Mike Pence as the new lead, and then “allegedly” proceeded to let Trump take the money.
Does this mean that Trump put Pence in charge because he felt he was too stupid to realize the money was being stolen? Or does it mean that, unlike Christie, Pence would aid him in taking the money? Either way, it doesn’t look good for Mike Pence as this $107 million scandal continues to unravel.