A letter sent from Congressman Elijah Cummings to then Vice President Elect Mike Pence shows that Pence was well aware of the potential security risks and the conflicts of interest that came with appointing Mike Flynn to the National Security Agency (NSA). Flynn had deep connections to foreign governments, and that was common knowledge to many people. This letter contradicts Pence’s previous assertions that he was unaware of potential issues with Flynn.
This issue was brought to the public’s attention via Scott Dworkin with the Democratic Coalition. Dworkin believes Pence should resign.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 24, 2017
This is bad news for Pence, because he plead ignorance about Flynn being a paid foreign agent right up until Flynn resigned and officially registered as a paid foreign agent. Per Politico this past May:
“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.”
According to the letter, this is clearly untrue. Mike Flynn’s activities were brought to Pence’s attention in November of 2016. What a tangled web…