Friday, June 16, 2017

Mike Pence Hires Himself a Lawyer

Like most folks associated with the Trump White House, Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence is getting lawyered up. Seeing the Mueller investigation focusing in on Trump's inner circle, and even Trump himself, Pence hired former Virginia attorney general Richard Cullen to keep him out of trouble. What does Pence have to worry about? Plenty, it would seem. Among other things, as head of the Trump transition, he was the guy who supposed to vet Mike Flynn, who was acting as an agent of a foreign government at the time Pence was blessing him to serve as National Security Advisor. As Rachel Maddow put it:
Mike Pence was the head of the [Trump] transition, while all of those news stories of Mike Flynn being on the Turkish government’s payroll were breaking. He was the head of the transition when Mike Flynn was being vetted for the National Security Advisor job. He was the head of the transition when Congress formally notified the head of the transition that Mike Flynn appears to be on a foreign government’s payroll. He was the head of the transition when Mike Flynn’s personal lawyers came and told the transition that Mike Flynn maybe needed to register as a foreign agent. . . . It’s something to pick someone manifestly unfit for the job of National Security Advisor to be National Security Advisor, that’s one thing. It is another thing when you bring somebody on board to a top national security position while they’re also on the payroll of a foreign government! And you either don’t notice or you don’t care.
You can read a detailed analysis of what Pence has to worry about from Daily Kos here.