Whenever there’s mention of President Donald Trump possibly being impeached and removed from office as a result of illegal actions taken during the 2016 election, people assume that Vice President Mike Pence will replace him. But what if Pence is just as deeply involved with Russia as Trump? Could we be looking at a double impeachment?
When Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a sentencing memo in the case of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, we were again reminded of the fact that Pence was head of the presidential transition team that gave Flynn a clean bill of health and placed him in one of the most sensitive positions within the Trump administration.
But leading the transition team is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Pence’s ties to all things Russia.
Recently, we also got news from former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who revealed (to no one’s surprise) that Trump is a man who doesn’t read much and isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. But Tillerson’s reemergence also raises another fact you may not have known: It was Pence who recommended Tillerson to be head of the State Department after he had a conversation with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Tillerson, you may recall, has deep ties to Russia from his days as the CEO of ExxonMobil. He even received the highest award a non-Russian can earn, the Russian Order of Friendship. The honor was given to Tillerson not long after ExxonMobil spent $650 million to drill an exploratory well for Russia in the Kara Sea.
But there’s a much larger connection between Pence and Russia that many people aren’t necessarily aware of: The vice president was picked by Trump at the recommendation of former 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a man who made millions doing lobbying work for the governments of Russia and Ukraine.
So ask yourself this question: Are those three instances of Pence being connected to Russia merely a coincidence, or do they point to pattern that suggests Mike Pence is just as deeply in bed with the Russians as Trump? And if that turns out to be the case, what happens if Trump is eventually removed from office? Would that only solve part of the Russia problem?