Much of the discussion around a possible Trump impeachment ends up turning to the question of Vice President Mike Pence, and if he would really be any better than Trump. The presumption here is that Pence is innocent of any wrongdoing or illicit activity that Trump may have committed, and will be safe when the downfall comes. New information is starting to reveal that Pence’s hands may not be as clean as previously believed.
A newly released New York Times article states that Pence was “part of the small group of advisers who planned Mr. Comey’s ouster in near secrecy.”
Its seems the administration is lying so much that they can’t even keep track of what they’ve said. At first, the White House claimed that Comey was fired after Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein wrote a memo to Trump suggesting the termination. Pence embraced the lie wholeheartedly, appearing before the press to feed them the concocted narrative. He threw his full support behind Trump’s story.
The next day Trump imploded the entire narrative. In an interview with Lester Holt, Trump said that he had already decided to fire Comey before Rosenstein’s memo, instantly exposing his subordinates as liars.
So Trump ordered his Deputy Attorney General to send him a letter pretending to advocate for Comey’s termination, Pence and others then defended the memo and said that it was the reason Comey was fired, leaving out the fact that Trump requested the memo, then Trump decided to reveal the whole story as a lie.
At the heart of all of it is Pence, supporting Trump’s mendacious machinations. Clearly, he has no problem lying directly to the American people if it serves his boss’s purposes. From there, it’s not hard to imagine that Pence has been involved in all manner of Trumpian transgressions. He’s a yes man, and he’s just been exposed. This reveal is likely just the first of many shameful Pence revelations.
When Trump falls, so falls Pence.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.