Robert Mueller is targeting Mike Pence too

For the past year it’s been clear that Mike Pence strategically lied to the American public in an attempt at protecting Michael Flynn and covering up Donald Trump’s Russia scandal. That means Pence is guilty of obstruction of justice and perhaps a lot more. The big question has been whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller would try to take Pence down along with Trump, or wait to tackle Pence until after Trump has been ousted. Now we’re getting our answer.

Mike Pence’s people are preparing him for what they believe is an inevitable interview with Mueller, according to details buried pretty far down the page in a lengthy CNN online report (link). Mueller now has Michael Flynn on his side, and Flynn’s testimony and evidence are enough to incriminate Pence. Make no mistake: if Mueller is sitting down with Pence while he’s still investigating Trump, it’s because he’s trying to try to nail Pence. So where does this go next?

Flynn has admitted that he was notifying the Trump transition team in real time about his efforts to get the Russian Ambassador to delay the Russian government’s sanctions response. Mike Pence was the head of the transition team. So unless the entire team conspired to keep this information from Pence, which is not a believable scenario, Pence knew that Flynn was committing crimes. That means Pence lied a month later when he claimed he had no knowledge of Flynn doing anything wrong, which means he was obstructing justice.

Someone on the transition team will end up cutting a deal and confirming that Mike Pence knew what Michael Flynn was doing. Throw in the fact that Congress notified Pence in writing about some of Flynn’s crimes all the way back in November of 2016, and Pence is hosed. Is Robert Mueller seeking to force Pence to cut a deal against Trump and resign the vice presidency? Only Mueller knows – but it’s clear Pence knows he’s in jeopardy.

Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report