Pence: I'd take lie detector test over NYT essay

11 September, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Carlos George
  • Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence said he was never part of discussions to remove President Trump from office and would take a lie-detector test "in a heartbeat" to prove that he was not the author of last week's anonymous New York Times op-ed, who claimed to be part of a resistance movement within the Trump administration.

On an unrelated matter, Pence said on CBS that he has not been called for an interview by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible coordination between Russia and Trump's Republican presidential campaign as well as Russian interference in the 2016 US election.

Pence, who some had initially speculated could have been behind the anonymous op-ed, decried the Times piece as a "disgrace" Sunday and said he was "100% confident" no one on his vice presidential staff was behind the article. Both also said they had no idea who wrote the piece; Trump has said he can name up to five people who could have written it. We have outside counsel that will advise me accordingly, but I just have to tell you, Margaret, it's just not been my focus - and it's not the president's focus.

He added: "It's all an effort to distract attention from this booming economy and from the president's record of success".

Pence was echoed by Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, speaking on CNN's State of the Union as the hunt for the author continued.

But he said: "I would agree to take it in a heartbeat and would submit to any review the administration wanted to do". But he declined to say whether he believes all top officials should be made to do the same, saying it was a decision for Trump to make.

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He cited national security concerns as grounds for what would amount to an extraordinary criminal probe, should Attorney-General Jeff Sessions decide to pursue one.

Pence called the New York Timesop-ed an "assault on our democracy", urging the author to "do the honorable thing, step forward and resign". Eventually, they confess to the wrong person: 'Shh. The op-ed writer claimed to be part of a "resistance" movement within the Trump administration that was working quietly behind the scenes to thwart the president's most unsafe impulses.

"Does this president not understand that the Justice Department is not a tool of his own personal power?" Sen.

"The American people should know President Trump and I are going to remain absolutely determined to reelect this Republican Congress so we can continue to build on the momentum that's putting Americans back to work", he said.

Of course, it bears noting that many politicians - especially those as senior as Mike Pence - have writers working for them and often publish or speak someone else's words.

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