Vice President Mike Pence doesn’t appear to be truthful about how much he knew about Russian interference in our elections, and that’s been pretty obvious for some time. One way we know that even more now is that he, completely unprompted, offered his take that he didn’t know anything about it during a recent interview:
It’s already been established that well-known Russian operatives promised dirt on Hillary Clinton and met with the likes of top Trump campaign officials, including Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner.
Mike Pence appeared on CBS This Morning and was interviewed by Charlie Rose about if he felt Robert Mueller’s investigation was overstepping its bounds, an allegation Trump himself has made.
Pence said that was for others to determine, but then shifted gears and said something very suspicious and unprompted.
Pence said, “I’ve made clear that during my time on the campaign, I was not aware of any contacts or any collusion with Russian officials.”
ROSE: Do you believe – Mr. Mueller is exceeding his jurisdiction?
PENCE: Well I think that’s for others to say. What I can assure you is that we’re fully cooperating with the special counsel and we’ll continue to do that. I’ve made clear that during my time on the campaign I was not aware of any contacts or any collusion with Russian officials. I stand by that and as I said we’ll provide any information the special counsel requires, but honestly, this is not what the American people are focused on.
This has been a consistent move from Pence, to defend himself from the actions of Donald Trump.
Pence didn’t say there wasn’t Russian collusion that he was aware of. Instead, he said he wasn’t aware of Russian collusion during “my time” on the campaign. You see, he doesn’t deny that collusion happened, but he does go out of his way to make sure we all know he is innocent.
Just after the election, Pence went to great lengths to indicate that when he “joined the campaign in the summer” Trump was not in contact with Russian operatives or affiliates.
Then in May, Pence said, “There is no evidence of collusion between our campaign and any Russian officials” when commenting about the firing of James Comey.
Pence lawyered up in June with private lawyer Richard Cullen, to deal with his growing Russia problem.
Then Pence totally shifted gears and changed his message to, “I’m not aware of any contacts during the time that I was on campaign, between any officials of the Russian government and officials with the campaign.”
Mike Pence likely knows his boss is going down and if he can hold on long enough, he’ll be President.