Despite having already been caught allegedly lying, allegedly obstructing justice, and finding himself knee deep in the Trump-Russia scandal, it appears things have somehow gotten worse for Mike Pence.
Although he has tried to fly under the radar, putting on a professional, almost “presidential,” persona as the scandal has played out, the real trouble for Pence surfaced this weekend when former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates revealed that he plans to plead guilty this week on Russia-related crimes.
While Gates may not necessarily have any dirt on Pence, or even Trump for that matter, there’s little-to-no doubt he would have a ton on his longtime business partner and Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Logic would then suggest Manafort has no choice but to cut a deal of his own, and give up all the dirt he has on those involved…and you could probably bet the house that Manafort has dirt on Pence.
Just think about it. We already know that Manafort was financially indebted to the Kremlin and playing puppet the entire duration of the Trump campaign. When you pair that information with the wide spread reports that Manafort forced Trump to choose Pence as his running mate, even though Chris Christie was clearly Trump’s favorite, it could spell disaster for Pence.
Why would it spell disaster for Pence? Because Paul Manafort was wiretapped under secret FISA surveillance both during and after the 2016 election.
After Chris Christie was forced out of his leadership position in the Trump transition team, it was taken over by vice president-elect Mike Pence. It’s been reported that during this time, Mike Pence and Paul Manafort regularly communicated.
The interesting part here is that Manafort had already left the Trump campaign long before Pence took over the transition, so why were they regularly communicating? There was no reason whatsoever that they should have been.
This is where it gets worse for Mike Pence.
Palmer Report explains, These regular transition-period conversations between Pence and Manafort have long stood out as suspicious, particularly in light of Manafort’s well publicized role in steering Trump toward picking Pence as his running mate to begin with. MSNBC is now reporting that the second FISA surveillance warrant on Manafort began in late 2016, meaning that the Feds were eavesdropping on Manafort’s transition team phone calls to Pence. So we know with certainty that Pence was caught up in the Manafort surveillance.
Of course, we still have no idea what Mike Pence and Paul Manafort were talking about during their conversations in 2016 and 2017, but you can bet Robert Mueller knows.