Ever since the Ukraine scandal began and now has Donald Trump on the verge of being just the third president in history to face impeachment, Vice President Mike Pence has tried to defend the president while at the same time suggesting that he played no role in that infamous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
But the facts simply don’t support Pence’s assertion.
For one thing, thanks to the testimony of former national security aide Jennifer Williams, we know that Pence was one of the White House officials briefed on that infamous call in April of this year. Pence also spoke to the Ukrainian leader in September, right before a whistleblower made details of the April call known to the inspector general of the intelligence community.
And yet, when House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) requested that Pence declassify other details of his communications with Ukraine, the Veep refused, according to Politico:
“In a letter to Pence, Schiff (D-Calif.) asked the vice president to declassify supplemental testimony from the aide, Jennifer Williams, about Pence’s Sept. 18 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, arguing that there is no ‘legitimate basis’ to keep it secret.
“The Office of the Vice President’s decision to classify ‘certain portions’ of the Sept. 18 call … cannot be justified on national security or any other legitimate grounds we can discern,” Schiff wrote to Pence.”
Why exactly would Pence be insisting on keeping information from Williams classified? After all, the intelligence committee deals with classified and top secret information on a regular basis. The committee also has secure facilities to protect such evidence, especially since it directly relates to the impeachment, which is proceeding in the House of Representatives.
It should be noted that the report which came from Schiff’s committee after recent public hearings on impeachment mentions that Pence was “either knowledgeable of or [an] active participant” in Trump’s alleged high crimes and misdemeanors. That alone is proof that Pence has plenty to hide in order to protect both his boss and himself.
The question that needs to be answered before the VP can be cleared is, What did he know, and when did he know it? At the moment, it appears Pence knew plenty and wants to keep the details hidden. Does that sound like the actions of an innocent man?