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Ever notice how Vice President Mike Pence is never implicated in any of President Donald Trump's scandals and always comes out looking pure as the driven snow?
With the leaking of Don Jr.'s emails to the New York Times, which they sourced to "three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it," people are finally starting to ask questions about whether or not this establishment Republican cold warrior is leaking to take Trump down so he can become President.
Julian Assange tweeted this article from Business Insider out on Tuesday:
From Business Insider, "Why does it look like somebody close to the White House is trying to destroy Don Jr.?":
The call is coming from inside the White House -- or near it, at least.He notes this latest scandal came after Trump's over 2 hour meeting with President Putin.
Pence is an establishment cold warrior who hates Russia and does not want to see relations normalized.
A theory I saw some people floating on Sunday was that Kushner was putting information out to throw his brother-in-law under the bus, getting everyone to think of this as "Don Jr.'s meeting" rather than "Jared's meeting." And that was maybe plausible before we learned that Trump Jr. had been told the meeting would be part of a Russian operation to support his father, and before we learned that Trump Jr. forwarded Kushner and Manafort an email saying as much.
The person in the West Wing most plausibly a winner in this episode is Pence, who would stand to become president if Trump were forced from office. Pence, who has an unusually vigorous fund-raising operation for a first-term vice president, has been putting out ice-cold statements about this story.Pence appears to have made similar leaks back in May while the Flynn scandal was ongoing:
From NBC, "VP Mike Pence Was Never Informed About Flynn: Source":
Pence has been kept in the dark about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn's alleged wrongdoing, according to a source close to the administration, who cited a potential "pattern" of not informing the vice president and calling it “malpractice or intentional, and either are unacceptable."From CNN, "Pence is a loyal soldier, but news cycle is wearing on him":
"We certainly knew we needed to be prepared for the unconventional," but, the source adds, "not to this extent."Axios reported Wednesday: "Most elected Republicans in town would privately prefer a President Pence. When push comes to shove, they may not protect Trump. Indeed, their natural impulse will be to throw him overboard."
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