Vice President Mike Pence dodged a question about the timeline of the firing of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
CBS News reporter Margaret Brennan asked Pence on “CBS This Morning”:
Just clarify how you understand what happened with Mike Flynn. When he was fired, did you know he had lied to the FBI?
Pence dodged the “when” question in his answer:
What I can tell you is that I knew he had lied to me. And I know the President made the right decision.
Pence may have dodged the “when” question because Foreign Policy magazine reports that Trump and Pence may have been aware that Flynn lied to the FBI in January, which led to Trump asking then FBI-Director James Comey on January 27 to drop the investigation of Flynn. When Comey refused to do so Trump fired him, which may have been obstruction of justice by the president.
Pence also claimed that he and the White House were “fully cooperating” with the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
However, Jay Sekulow, the president’s personal attorney, attacked Mueller’s team during a recent interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity: “They have been exposed as corrupted, abusively biased, incapable of conducting a fair investigation,” notes POLITICO.
Trump himself attacked Mueller’s team for obtaining his transition team’s emails: “Not looking good. It’s not looking good. It’s quite sad to see that. My people are very upset about it. I can’t imagine there’s anything on them, frankly, because as we said, there’s no collusion.”
Mueller spokesman Peter Carr fired back in a statement: “When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process.”