Rachel Maddow Connects VP Pence to the Burgeoning Mike Flynn Scandal
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was fired as national security adviser after just 24 days, is now asking for immunity from prosecution for his testimony in the Trump/Russia scandal.
"Their explanation was that they had to fire him because Flynn had lied about those Russian government contacts to Vice President Mike Pence," Rachel Maddow explained Thursday night. "That explanation makes no sense, and it never has."
It took almost three weeks before Flynn was fired, during which time the possibility of Pence's passive role as suggested by the White House just "doesn't seem plausible," Maddow concluded.
Being head of the Trump transition team, Pence would have been heavily involved in the vetting process of candidates for jobs like national security adviser.
"Nevertheless," Maddow explained, "Vice President Mike Pence has professed absolute ignorance of any of the scandals, any of the allegations of foreign payments, and foreign contacts, and all the rest of it, surrounding Mike Flynn."
Pence was notified about Flynn’s financial ties to the Turkish government by the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), in November.
Additionally, "the transition was also apparently notified twice by Flynn’s own lawyers about his financial relationship with the government of Turkey," Maddow hammered. "But nevertheless, Vice President Mike Pence says he has no idea about any of that... until weeks after [Flynn] was fired."
For "anyone who sees [Pence] as the normal Republican in this situation," Maddow's message was clear: “Mike Pence’s role in the Mike Flynn scandal is flashing like a red beacon."