2) In January, Mike Pence went on various news programs defending Mike Flynn, saying that there were no discussions of sanctions between Flynn and Russia prior to Trump’s inauguration.
3) It has now been confirmed that Michael Flynn did speak to the Ambassador of Russia prior to Trump’s inauguration about sanctions.
4) Pence and now the wider White House is now in trouble.
5) Earned or not, Pence was considered the ‘normal one’ by the press (relatively speaking) and added credibility to Trump’s outlandish behavior.
6) Pence is in trouble whether Flynn lied to him or if Pence enabled Flynn’s lying:
A) If Pence affirmatively lied to the press, then his stock plummets to the level of a Kellyanne Conway and his value to the White House diminishes.
B) If Pence was actually misled, then Pence loses face with the press (no matter what) and also looks weak in the White House for being an easy mark. [The Intellectualist]
Reports that national security adviser Michael Flynn may have discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador before President Donald Trump’s inauguration has revived concerns about Flynn’s relationships with Moscow—and threatens to entangle a member of the administration who has so far mostly dodged controversy: Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence said in a Jan. 15 appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Flynn’s conversations with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were “strictly coincidental” and had nothing to do with the Obama administration’s decision to punish Russia for meddling in the November election, which U.S. intelligence agencies agree was intended to help boost Trump’s prospects. “They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia,” Pence told CBS.
An administration official told POLITICO that Pence’s remarks came after a conversation with Flynn and were guided by that conversation — leaving open the possibility that Flynn misled the Vice President just as he repeatedly denied the allegations to the Washington Post before acknowledging the topic may have been discussed.
Privately, Pence aides expressed frustration at their boss being placed in such a position.
Even if Pence was not aware that sanctions were discussed between Flynn and the Russian ambassador when he made his comments, the episode could leave him with diminished standing, concerning those around him. For the national security adviser to mislead the Vice President on such a sensitive issue with impunity would seem to send a signal about Pence’s standing in the West Wing, a Pence adviser said.