MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough implicated Vice President Mike Pence in the coverup of potential Russia collusion by the Trump campaign.
The vice president told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell that special counsel Robert Mueller should end his yearlong investigation into President Donald Trump and his associates that has resulted in five guilty pleas and 19 indictments.
“Our administration has been fully cooperating with the special counsel, and we’ll continue to,” Pence told Mitchell. “What I think is that it’s been about a year since this investigation began. Our administration has provided more than a million documents. We’ve fully cooperated in it, and in the interest of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up.”
“I would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion,” the vice president added.
The “Morning Joe” host said Pence’s comments raised serious questions about his own potential legal jeopardy in the probe.
“I think it is a fair time to start asking this question: What did Mike Pence know and when did he know it?” Scarborough said. “Mike Pence is an honorable man, Mike Pence says that Gen. (Michael) Flynn lied to him. Really? Did he? Is this the way Mike Pence wants this investigation to begin and then end prematurely before we get the truth to all the questions?”
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition period that Pence oversaw, and Scarborough said new evidence continues to be revealed in the Mueller probe.
“We’re finding out now that Russian oligarchs may have had money funneled to them by Michael Cohen,” Scarborough said. “The Southern District of New York is getting deep into this. We’re going to find out what Mike Pence knew and when Mike Pence knew it, about for instance that meeting that Don Jr. set up. Did Mike Pence know anything about Donald Trump lying when he brought everybody together talking about the purpose of that meeting?”
Scarborough cast doubt on Pence’s continuous claims of ignorance to what appears to be wrongdoing by his running mate and his campaign associates.
“I mean, Mike Pence has been claiming that he was just out in the dark and that he was just this clueless, hapless Indiana hoosier that Donald Trump and the rest of the White House said nothing to,” Scarborough said. “But you’ve just got to start asking yourself, if Mike Pence wants to kill an investigation that is pursuing how the Russians tried to undermine American democracy in 2016, my gosh, makes me sad to say this, Mike, but I guess we have to start asking the question why does Mike Pence want to kill this investigation? What did Mike Pence though about Gen. Flynn? Was he lied to or is Mike Pence the one who has been lying to us all this time?”
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Trump Brags Don Jr’s Book ‘Is Number One on NY Times Bestseller List’ – but His Campaign Bought the Book in Bulk: Report
President Donald Trump has called The New York Times “fake news,” “biased,” “inaccurate,” and “a Fraud” with “Zero Credibility.”
But Wednesday night he was only too happy to cite the “failing” paper of record to brag that Donald Trump, Jr.’s new book, “Triggered,” is at the top of the Times’ charts.
Wow! Was just told that my son’s book, “Triggered,” is Number One on The New York Times Bestseller List. Congratulations Don!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2019
And while that may be true, there’s one large caveat that totally destroys the Trump family’s pride.
As this graphic shows, there’s a “dagger” next to Trump Jr.’s book: †.
As the Times notes, “bulk purchases appear with a dagger (†).”
That means there have been large “Institutional, special interest, group or bulk purchases” of the book, perhaps in this case by the RNC or other political entities, like the Trump campaign.
In fact, Popular Information and ThinkProgress founder Judd Legum last week reported the Trump campaign is “using campaign funds to bulk purchase his son’s book.”
NEW: Trump using campaign funds to bulk purchase his son’s book https://t.co/McdhDJ8ymn
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 5, 2019
Here’s the reported text of a Trump fundraising email from the Twitter account Trump Fundraising Emails:
“Contribute $50 or more TODAY to claim your HAND-SIGNED copy of my new book TRIGGERED. >>
CONTRIBUTE ANY AMOUNT”
— Trump Fundraising Emails (@TrumpEmail) November 6, 2019
The email is signed by Donald Trump, Jr.
Here’s how some are responding:
The @GOP is gonna have one hell of a bonfire with all the copies of Don Jr.’s book they just bought in bulk.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) November 14, 2019
Helps when RNC & Trump Campaign buy the book in bulk: using donor money to line Trump Family wallet and ego. Just another grift!
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) November 14, 2019
— Jeff Stein (@SpyTalker) November 14, 2019
Bulk-purchasing your kid’s book (a fact confirmed by a special notation the NYT put beside the book) because you think it’d reflect poorly on you if it failed to make the NYT bestseller list, and then typing “wow!” when it does, is the very *pinnacle* of pathetic @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/tp070KCT0y
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) November 14, 2019
Pence: China Is Trying to Kick Trump Out of the White House
“China wants a different American president,” Pence told attendees at a right wing think tank tied to the military, the Hudson Institute, according to prepared remarks received by NCRM. He accuses Beijing of working to “influence American public opinion.”
“The Chinese Communist Party is rewarding or coercing American businesses, movie studios, universities, think tanks, scholars, journalists, and local, state, and federal officials,” Pence charges.
“Worst of all, China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential elections,” the Vice President warns, while ignoring the threat Russia poses.
.@VP Pence: “China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections and the environment leading in the 2020 presidential elections…President Trump’s leadership is working, and China wants a different American president.” pic.twitter.com/48omZnOWdL
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 4, 2018
The Vice President is trying to convince the American people that China, not Russia, is undermining American democracy.
“Beijing has mobilized covert actors, front groups, and propaganda outlets to shift Americans’ perception of Chinese policies,” Pence continues. “As a senior career member of our intelligence community recently told me, what the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country.”
Politico notes that President Trump made a similar charge last week.
“Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election,” Trump said. “They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.”
The Washington Post’s David Nakamura offers insight into the Trump administration’s hypocrisy and possibly its motivation.
Pence says China “made it harder for our journalists to get visas. It happened after the New York Times published investigative stories into the wealth of Chinese leaders.” Two days after @presssec said NYT credibility “at an all time low” over investigation into Trump’s wealth.
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) October 4, 2018
‘Goddamnit’: Listen as Trump Feigns Total Surprise When Omarosa Says Kelly Is Firing Her
The man who came to international fame for saying, “You’re fired!” hasn’t been able to accomplish that task as the most powerful person in the world.
Monday morning NBC News aired audio provided by Omarosa Manigault-Newman of a telephone call between her and President Donald Trump, the day after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her in 2017.
“Omarosa? Omarosa what’s going on? I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving? What happened?” Trump says in the recording.
“General Kelly—General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave,” Omarosa replies.
“No…I, I, Nobody even told me about it,” Trump claims.
“Wow,” Omarosa, aware she is recording the conversation, says.
“You know they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it,” Trump continues, claiming he was unaware of her firing. “I didn’t know that. Goddamn it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”
Newman seems to have accepted Trump’s claim that he was unaware of her firing, ignoring the fact that he could just tell Kelly to rescind the decision.
“He doesn’t even know what’s happening in his White House,” Newman told NBC News. “He’s being puppeted.”
#Breaking: @OMAROSA provides @NBCNews with this exclusive excerpt of a recording of a phone call that she says she received from President Trump the day after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her. pic.twitter.com/OJe47RdcDC
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 13, 2018
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