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Friday, May 19, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence is standing by a March statement that he first learned of now-fired national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Turkey from media reports, despite renewed scrutiny and revelations President Donald Trump's transition team was made aware far earlier. ... But questions about what Pence knew and when are swirling thanks to new media reports about what Flynn revealed to Trump's transition team, which Pence oversaw. Flynn informed the Trump transition team more than two weeks before the inauguration that he was under federal investigation for his work as a lobbyist advocating for Turkish government interests, the New York Times reported Wednesday. But Pence didn't know, according to a senior administration official close to Pence.

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What did the VP know and when did he know it?

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 12:53 PM | Reply

Pence is in the position of having to convince everyone that he's not dishonest or corrupt, just stupid.

Same position trump will be in during the trial.

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-19 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

President Paul Ryan?

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-19 01:22 PM | Reply

He knew as much as he wanted to know long before he admitted he knew more than he wanted to know.

Pence is as complicit in #Russiagate as Trump, Flynn, Manafort, Tillerson, Sessions...Oh. hells bells, have a look yourself:
www.politico.com

#4 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-05-19 01:23 PM | Reply

President Paul Ryan?
#3 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Break out the pitchforks, kids.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-19 01:34 PM | Reply

"President Paul Ryan?"

Not if there are more tapes of Ryan talking about Trump's ties to the Russians and telling fellow GOP-ers to "keep in in the family."

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 01:35 PM | Reply

I doubt Trump survives this; keeping in mind that impeachment proceedings are political and not legal, I also seriously doubt that it also takes down Pence and Ryan. There's just not the political willpower or momentum to take out the top three in line for the presidency, even if the facts indicate that's what should happen.

#7 | Posted by dylanfan at 2017-05-19 02:04 PM | Reply

Pence is an idiot who is licking at Donald's boots and getting his face out there when ordered to. He is as power hungry as Donald and just proving his loyalty. How about we impeach him too? Who would that takes us down to? Ye gads the next two make me cringe as well... Ryan and then Hatch. As a matter of fact the whole succession list is stomach turning.

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-05-19 02:57 PM | Reply

Start the attack on Pence before he's sworn in as potus?
Lay the ground work!
SMFH

#9 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2017-05-19 03:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We're not laying the groundwork, but Pence himself might have. He forgot Rick Wilson's very important rule: "Everything Trump touches dies."

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 03:08 PM | Reply

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Pence can't even trust himself to converse with a woman. Doesn't say much about his character except to place him among the people who can't be trusted to be free in society.

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-05-19 03:19 PM | Reply

Pence can run on the platform of eradicating sin.

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-05-19 03:31 PM | Reply

Start the attack on Pence before he's sworn in as potus?
Lay the ground work!
SMFH

#9 | Posted by phesterOBoyle

Maybe we should figure out if he was colluding with russia BEFORE swearing him in this time? Does that sound like a good idea to you?

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-19 03:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Pence was in on everything. He knew enough to backtrack on the "Plausible deniability," but it was probably too late. Bunch of maroons thinking they were going to just act without oversight...

Paul Ryan is in the same boat. I'm pretty sure this gets him and McConnell in deep. President Hatch isn't looking that far-fetched anymore.

Too bad we can't just install the real winner of the election to right the ship.

#14 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-05-19 05:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

IMO, Pence should be impeached before Donnie Small-Hands.

#15 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-05-19 05:16 PM | Reply

Pence can't even trust himself to converse with a woman. Doesn't say much about his character except to place him among the people who can't be trusted to be free in society.

#11 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER AT 2017-05-19 03:19 PM | REPLY

Pence can trust himself. It's the press and the other woman he is with that he (nor us) can trust.

#16 | Posted by gaebie at 2017-05-19 08:22 PM | Reply

"President Donald Trump's transition team was made aware far earlier"

Pence was in charge of the transition team. That either makes him responsible, or irresponsible.

#17 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-19 10:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Back in mid November, just days after the election, House Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings sent a letter to the office of vice-president elect Mike Pence in order to inform him of Michael Flynn's improper financial ties to foreign government representatives. Pence and Donald Trump ended up naming Flynn as National Security Adviser anyway, before having to get rid of him for that same reason.

Not surprisingly, Pence is now claiming that he's not sure if he ever saw the letter in question. But it turns out the Democrats have proof he did, and they furnished it today.

The House Oversight Democrats have their own official Twitter account, and today they used it to post the letter of receipt that was issued from the transition office. It thanked Elijah Cummings for having sent his letter, and stated that it looked forward to working with him in the new term (link). So now that Mike Pence has been reduced to suggesting that the letter somehow got lost in the mail, even that has been ruled out. Next, will Pence claim his dog ate his homework? Bill Palmer

#18 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-20 07:48 AM | Reply

'Morning Joe' Panel Hints That Michael Flynn Has Flipped on Pence

"He had a story to tell -- he's now starting to tell that story."

A "Morning Joe" panel hinted that Mike Flynn was behind the revelation of several bombshell reports Wednesday that showed the transition team was aware of his foreign contacts and hired him anyway as national security adviser.

www.alternet.org

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-20 02:32 PM | Reply

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