Dear Commons Community,
As the Donald Trump Jr. Russian connection gets more sordid, Vice President Mike Pence yesterday offered a statement that can only be interpreted as trying to distance himself from the issue. As reported in The Huffington Post:
“The carefully worded response from Pence’s press secretary Marc Lotter attempts to absolve the vice president of any responsibility and involvement. It makes a point of mentioning that Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting ― which was also attended by Trump’s then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner ― took place before Pence joined the presidential ticket.
“The vice president is working every day to advance the president’s agenda,” the statement from Pence’s office says. “He was not aware of the meeting. He is also not focused on stories about the campaign ― especially those pertaining to the time before he joined the campaign.”
Ron Klain, who served as chief of staff for Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, said that Pence’s statement was particularly unusual.
In an interview in January, Pence denied that there were any ties between Trump campaign officials and Russian officials.
“Well, of course not,” Pence told CBS’ John Dickerson. “And I think to suggest that is to give credence to some of these bizarre rumors that have swirled around the candidacy.”
This sounds like the White House ship has sprung another leak and a member of the crew is lining up to make sure he has a seat on a lifeboat.