Rachel Maddow demonstrated why Vice President Mike Pence is not only implicated in the Russia scandal, but he is a central figure in the scandal which has publicly told many lies that will ruin his career.
Maddow said, “Vice President Mike Pence has made a number of blunt direct false statements related to the Trump Russia investigation both during the transition and since he was vice president. When controversy started to swirl around Mike Flynn because of his foreign contacts, Mike Pence bluntly asserted that the Trump transition did not apply for a security clearance for Mike Flynn’s son. They had actually applied for a security clearance for Mike Flynn’s son. After the president fired the FBI Director, Mike Pence bluntly asserted that the decision to fire James Comey was based on a recommendation from the Deputy Attorney General. The President himself and reportedly the Deputy Attorney General himself now today have both made clear that that was not the reason James Comey was fired.”
Rachel Maddow listed other Pence lies like saying there were no Trump campaign contacts with the Russian government, and how it can’t be true that Pence didn’t know that Flynn was under investigation. The central question around Pence is how Flynn stayed around as national security adviser after he lied to Pence.
Maddow concluded, “Mike Pence apparently formed a political action committee this week. Maybe he’s looking at his bosses troubles in the Russia scandal, and starting to imagine himself becoming president? Mike Pence has his own troubles when it comes to this scandal, and as long as reporters like the ones who work at Reuters keep turning up 18 new previously undisclosed Russian contacts during the campaign that the White House hadn’t come clean about before even now, it seems like those troubles are going to get bigger, not smaller over time.”
As I have been writing for months, Mike Pence is going to go down for the Russia scandal. As early as January 2017, it became clear that if the Russia scandal blew up, Pence wouldn’t survive it. On Thursday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) why the Pence will go down with the Russia ship.
Anyone who has been paying attention for the last four months knows that Pence is up to his eyeballs in the Russia scandal. Republicans are fantasizing about Pence becoming president, but the reality is that if Trump is impeached, Mike Pence’s political career is dead as a doornail.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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