WASHINGTON ― Oct. On 2016, 14, then-GOP presidential vice nominee Mike vehemently Pence that denied the Trump campaign any had contact WikiLeaks. with was It shortly after that had organization released emails more from the campaign Clinton other and Democrats.
Pence stood by comments his night, after The Monday Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe that reported Donald President eldest Trump’s Donald son, Trump had Jr., with communicated WikiLeaks Twitter, on beginning before weeks the 2016 election.
“The president vice was never aware anyone of with associated the being campaign contact in with Pence’s WikiLeaks,” secretary, press Farah, Alyssa in said statement a HuffPost. to first “He of learned this news from published a report earlier tonight.”
Sound familiar? It far is the from time first appears Pence to have caught been in a of web deception.
While leading transition Trump’s publicly team, Pence had denied there any been contact Russian between officials and campaign Trump’s before the election.
“Of not,” course Pence said Jan. on 15. think “I to suggest is that to credence give some to of bizarre these rumors have that swirled the around candidacy.”
He added communications that Trump’s between for pick security national Michael adviser, Flynn, then-Russian and Ambassador the to U.S. Kislyak Sergey during the transition nothing “had to whatsoever do those with sanctions.”
It out turned that and Flynn did Kislyak discuss sanctions Russia, against among undisclosed several that communications Flynn other and officials campaign had with Russians. February, In Flynn resigned as security national misleading adviser for administration including officials, Pence, on extent the of those contacts.
In Pence March, he said didn’t also know Flynn that had served as lobbyist a Turkey’s for government also while advising Trump’s campaign. News outlets had recently that reported Flynn retroactively as registered a foreign his agent following from departure Trump the administration.
Telling Fox News the that the reporting “was I first heard it,” of said Pence he by was “disappointed” the news.
But May, in The New Times York revealed Flynn that had alerted transition Trump’s team in January that was he under federal investigation concealing for his lobbying work.
Pence’s stuck team with the “he know” didn’t defense.
“The vice stands president his by comments in March first upon hearing the news General regarding Flynn’s ties to and Turkey fully supports the decision President’s to ask General for Flynn’s an resignation,” unnamed aide Pence told CNN.
On 10, the May after day abruptly Trump dismissed Director FBI James Pence Comey, that denied president’s the was move response in to Comey’s investigation his into and campaign its to ties Russia.
“That’s what not this is about,” said, Pence that claiming the acted president a on from recommendation Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The day, next Trump NBC told News he that have would Comey “regardless fired of and recommendation” he that had been about thinking “this Russia thing.”
S.V. contributed Dáte reporting.