Now that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is back in the news, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller collects White House documents related to his dismissal, we should probably take a quick look back to last November.
We’re looking at last November because according to a recently uncovered letter sent to then Vice-President Elect Mike Pence by Congressman Elijah Cummings, Pence was well aware of conflicts of interest and potential security risks that came with appointing Flynn to the NSA.
Many people knew before hand that Flynn had deep, deep connections to foreign government, and this letter contradicts Pence’s previous assertions that he wasn’t aware of potential issues with Flynn.
Scott Dworkin with the Democratic Coalition brought this to our attention and believes Pence should resign:
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 24, 2017
This is bad news for Mike Pence.
Why? Because he claimed ignorance about Mike Flynn being a paid foreign agent up until the time Mike Flynn resigned and officially registered as a paid foreign agent.
Politico reported in May this year,“Vice President Mike Pence is standing by his March claim that he learned about Michael Flynn’s Turkish lobbying work through the media, even as a new report indicates Flynn informed the transition team in January that he was under federal investigation for not properly disclosing the paid work.”
“Pence, who ran President Donald Trump’s transition operation, had told Fox News on March 9 that “hearing that story today was the first I heard of it.” He repeated the claim about Flynn’s ties to Turkey later in the interview, and said the revelation affirmed Trump’s decision to fire the national security adviser.”
Well, that isn’t exactly true, is it? Congressman Elijah Cummings brought Mike Flynn’s activities to Pence’s attention back in November 2016 in the letter that was sent to him.