Mike Pence’s Story Just Doesn’t Add Up
There is one story in the quickly expanding Trump-Russia scandal that just isn’t getting enough attention – what did Mike Pence know, and when did he know it?
Pence has claimed that he was unaware of Michae Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador when he went on TV to defend Flynn against the news stories about the conversations with the Russian ambassador.
Then Pence was pressed about whether he knew that Flynn was on the payroll of Turkey when he ran the Trump transition the eventually appointed Flynn to be national security adviser.
Here’s the problem, Flynn told the Trump transition a week before the inauguration that he was under investigation by the FBI for accepting payments from foreign governments during the campaign.
According to the New York Times Flynn “told President Trump’s transition team weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for secretly working as a paid lobbyist for Turkey during the campaign, according to two people familiar with the case.”
Who was running the transition at the time? Mike Pence.
Oh, and there is also the issue of that pesky letter Congressman Elijah Cummings sent to Mike Pence alerting him of Flynn’s work for Turkey.
But somehow Mike Pence keeps saying that he didn’t know anything about Mike Flynn’s troubling conflicts.
There is no plausible or credible way for Mike Pence to argue that he didn’t know that the administration was installing a paid foreign agent with clearly suspicious connections to Russia to one of the nation’s top national security posts.
Rachel Maddow spent time on her show in March pointing out why Mike Pence’s story is impossible to believe. Here is the video:
Many have pointed out the obvious holes in the Vice President’s story:
They knew: The Trump transition team, led by Mike Pence and Don McGahn, were told Mike Flynn was under investigation … BY Michael Flynn. pic.twitter.com/8a8EZ3m0xE
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) May 18, 2017
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) May 18, 2017
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) May 18, 2017
Psst. You know you was in charge of that team? Mike Pence. https://t.co/9ndFwpCMIl
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) May 18, 2017