With all of the news of disgraced former General Michael Flynn agreeing to testify against Donald Trump on Friday morning, the question that it left in many people’s minds was over who will be left in charge if Trump is impeached — and it’s looking increasingly likely that he will be soon.
While Trump’s impending doom is good news for the whole world, it is more than a little concerning that the man it would ostensibly leave as the Commander-in-Chief is a guy who calls his wife “Mother” — Vice President Mike Pence.
We may not have to worry about that for too long, however.
Senator Richard Blumenthal made news first in April during the confirmation hearings for Justice Neil Gorsuch, then again in August, when he warned allies of the Trump administration that they could not expect pardons like the one handed to America’s most-hated sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
Any witness counting on a Russia investigation pardon should think again. https://t.co/Hlib0hG9rB
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) August 27, 2017
Now Senator Blumenthal has doubled down on his vow to hold Trump and his accomplices accountable for the very real crimes against democracy that they’ve committed. On Thursday, he sent letters to Vice President Pence and White House lawyer Don McGahn, demanding answers regarding who knew what, and when, on the subject of Flynn’s previously undisclosed business conflicts while working on the Trump campaign.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Flynn’s contacts regarding the proposed rendition of a Turkish national and his business dealings with companies he was still advising at the time he was promoting them from within the Trump campaign were known to Pence while they were still happening. If that’s true, then Mike Pence could likely be brought up himself on perjury charges, as he has repeatedly insisted throughout the entire Russian investigation that he knew nothing, at any time, about anything.
Now that Flynn has flipped on Trump, and will testify that he was directed to make contact with Russian officials during the campaign, anyone he answered to during the transition can and will be held accountable — and that includes the Vice President.
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