Congressman Blasts Pence Defense Of Flynn-Turkey Ties
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 21, 2017,
May 21, 2017, 11:32
But this week, news broke that Flynn not only allegedly informed Trump's legal team before the inauguration that he might have to register as a foreign agent, but that he also reportedly told White House counsel Don McGahn that he was under investigation for his lobbying work. It later emerged that Trump and senior White House officials had been well aware of Flynn's dissembling for weeks before Pence learned of it.
The fact new reports show that Flynn alerted the transition team back in January the Justice Department had been looking into whether he had any role in working as a foreign lobbyist for Turkish interests suggests Pence may have known more than he now admits. Democrats said that strained credibility. They had actually applied for a security clearance for Mike Flynn's son.
A Pence aide, who also declined to be named, added that "The vice president stands by his comments in March upon first hearing the news regarding General Flynn's ties to Turkey and fully supports the president's decision to ask for General Flynn's resignation".
Unlike his boss, who has raged in tweets and speeches, Pence has been careful in his comments about the multiple probes into the campaign's contacts with Russian Federation. That explanation was nearly immediately undermined by the president, himself, who declared during an interview with Lester Holt that, as many suspected, he was going to fire Comey "regardless of [Rosenstein's] recommendation", and that "this Russian Federation thing" was front of mind when he ordered his dismissal.
This adviser said that they are not anxious about Trump bringing Pence down with the news about a Comey memo or the new special counsel. Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh joined the organization last month. Like other administration officials, immediately after the firing Pence went to reporters and claimed that Trump made a decision to fire Comey because he was following the recommendation of the Justice Department, offered in the form of a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. Pence reiterated those claims to reporters, saying again and again that the decision came only after Trump chose to "accept" and "support" Rosenstein's recommendations. As a leadership PAC, the group would be able to raise money that could then be channeled to fellow Republicans' congressional campaigns.
Asked how Pence advised the president on Comey, an administration official would not detail the conversations between the pair but stressed that the vice president supported the decision to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation head.
On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh accused the Democrats and establishment media of projection, recalling President Obama's insistence past year that Hillary Clinton committed no crime regarding her dissemination of classified information on a personal email server and James Comey's decision not to refer charges against Clinton to the Justice Department despite the evidence he presented to the public.
During his 13-minute remarks, Pence made no explicit mention of flaring controversies, including those related to Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, reports of his sharing highly classified material with Russian officials or the appointment of a special counsel to probe Russian meddling in the USA election.
Nick Ayers and Marty Obst, two of Pence's aides, will lead the organization. Trump would just have left or been removed, in what would by definition be the greatest political crisis either party had faced in over four decades.
"The Vice President is playing a leading role in passing legislation on the Hill". Mr. Pence has generously expended his political capital in the Washington establishment to defend his boss. The chatter grew a little louder when Pence launched his own political action committee yesterday - an apparent first for a sitting vice president.