But after a third blockbuster news report in as many days revealed that the vice president is near the epicenter of a new growing scandal, Pence suddenly launched his own political fundraising group. How can he possibly have any culpability for administration wrongdoing when he's barely involved in any of this running-the-government stuff? But I also trust my instincts and they tell me Trump's closer to the cliff than even the most virulent anti-Trumpers think. Then, so goes the rest of the story about Flynn getting fired for "lying" to Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador on the day Obama imposed sanctions on the adversarial nation. And when Trump dismissed Comey, Pence again stood by the president's story, confirming that Trump had only decided on firing Comey after receiving a recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "I never knew that.'" "It's hard", he said, "to look like the prime minister and the man in the dark at the same time". After all, if Trump gets canned, Pence is the next one in line.
While some conservatives view Mr Pence as a calming force in an administration mired in turmoil, Democrats are eager to tie him to Mr Trump's vulnerabilities. (Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) After new revelations this week regarding what Pence knew about the activities of former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the possibility that Pence himself could be implicated in in the scandal that is now under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears more likely. And given the vetting process presumably taking place during that time, and Flynn's and Manafort's mutual connections to Kislyak and other Russian figures, it seems unlikely that any concerns to that effect regarding Flynn's appointment to a high-level security post would never have come up.
In the wake of Trump's abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, Pence has been circumspect.
This adviser said that they are not anxious about Trump bringing Pence down with the news about a Comey memo or the new special counsel. Given his prominence in an increasingly unpopular administration, says Joel K. Goldstein, a law professor at Saint Louis University and an expert on the vice presidency, "it is very possible that Pence's chances of being elected president may have been greater as a defeated vice presidential candidate than as a successful one". The survey, conducted May 12-14 by Public Policy Polling, found 48 per cent back such a move compared to 41 per cent who are against it. "He knows better than that".
There are fears within the LGBTQ community, and among other progressive groups, that a Pence presidency could be even more damaging, considering his record as a highly conservative lawmaker. This doesn't make much sense, though, given that Pence was leading the transition effort. "And so, I guess he was just looking for some balance on the ticket". He'll do so by tapping the donors he corralled while in Congress and as Indiana's governor, a Pence adviser during last year's election told Bloomberg.
The official disclosed Trump's plans to The Associated Press on Monday, after Vice President Pence filed his own financial disclosure for past year with the Office of Government Ethics. Anyone who has gone to work in this administration risks being tainted with its excesses, its incompetence and its corruption.
Beyond supporting candidates and funding Pence's non-official travel, the PAC will also transfer email addresses and donor information now trapped in his gubernatorial accounts to a federal one.