Rep. Mike Pence, Who Led Witch Hunt Against Van Jones, Took $1,000s From Extremist Erik Prince

Among Pence's campaign contributors is Blackwater's owner, whom Pence defended after the Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad.

Rep. Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican whose name has been mentioned as a potential GOP presidential candidate (and who is not sure if he believes in evolution), led the witch-hunt to force the resignation of White House Green Jobs advisor, Van Jones, over comments Jones made years ago and a 9/11 "truth" petition Jones signed which he said he did not read in its entirety. Jones apologized for some of his comments, which were made before he took his job with the Obama administration and said the petition "certainly does not reflect my views now or ever."

Late Saturday, Jones resigned. "On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones said in a statement released Sunday. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide." (For a very good analysis of this story, read this).

Jeremy Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.
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