MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow exposed Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday night for all the lies he’s told about Russia, saying that this puts him in special counselor Robert Mueller’s crosshairs.
Maddow also called out Donald Trump Jr. after his testimony in front of the Senate. She noted that Trump Jr. lied when he said the meeting in Trump Tower was something other than what it was.
“That’s obviously mendacious, right, but is it criminal?” Maddow asked. “It seems clear from the conceded facts that the president was personally involved in concocting a statement about that meeting that attempted to disguise the true nature and purpose of the Trump Tower meeting. To make it seem like something other than his campaign seeking Russian government assistance for their efforts against Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign.
She explained that this statement seems to be something Mueller is focusing on.
“That’s really bad news for the president,” Maddow continued. “That means the special counsel has a veritable pu pu platter if that’s the stuff he’s running to ground. If that’s what he’s investigating, efforts to mislead the public about contacts with Russians, there’s a lot to choose from if that’s what the special counsel is going to be running to ground. If there’s potential criminality, there are a lot of misleading the public, creating a false pretext-type statements that have been made about Russia by members of the trump campaign and the Trump administration. A lot of them.”
She named off Paul Manafort, Kellyanne Conway, Hope Hicks, Donald Trump Jr. as well as Pence.
“Mike Pence did bluntly asserted multiple times that there had been no contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians during the campaign,” Maddow recalled. “That was false. Mike Pence’s bluntly asserted that Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn had never talked to the Russians about sanctions. That was false. Mike Pence bluntly asserted that he had no idea Mike Flynn had foreign business ties, even though Pence was running the transition when the transition was notified multiple times in writing and in person by Flynn’s lawyers that yeah, Flynn had foreign business ties.”
Maddow went on to remind viewers that Pence said Trump fired Comey because of the Justice Department’s recommendation, which is not true.
“And that’s literally just the stuff we know about the vice president in terms of the lies that we know he has told specifically about Russia and that’s just the ones I can come up with off of the top of my head,” she said. “Give me a few days and I can give you quite a list.”
She concluded by saying that if the CNN report is correct that Mueller is investigating administration officials who have made misleading statements on Russia than the meeting with the Russian lawyer at Trump Tower is probably a good place to begin to find those lies.
“Just keep this in mind,” she continued. “Donald Trump’s eldest son and namesake, Donald Trump Jr. still, today, was disclosing new contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians that happened during the campaign. Still today we got new stuff. Today Donald Trump Jr., according to the statement that he made to the Judiciary Committee, today he revealed three new previously undisclosed contacts that he had with Emin [Agalarov].”
Watch the segment below: