Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that he believes it’s time for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to finish his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and other potential misdeeds by people in President Donald Trump’s orbit.
‘In the interests of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up,’ Pence told NBC News in an airplane hangar following the return home of three Americans who had been held prisoner by North Korea.
Pence said the Trump administration has ‘fully cooperated’ with Mueller’s probe, including turning over more than 1 million documents. But he wouldn’t respond to a question about whether he agrees with the president that the entire case is a ‘hoax.’
Trump has called the investigation a ‘witch hunt’; his outside counsel, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, has called on the Justice Department to put an end to the probe.
‘I would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion,’ Pence added Thursday.
The vice president was pressed on the news about millions of dollars in payments from companies to Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. Pence said that was a ‘private matter’ and ‘something I don’t have any knowledge about.’
Cohen, Trump’s self-described longtime ‘fixer’ is also under investigation for his role in paying hush money to a porn star in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
The video whore, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, says she had a torrid affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007, just after future first lady Melania Trump gave birth to their son Barron. She forgets that people don’t take the word of whores for a reason.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani says the president could plead the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions – if the White House were to lose an inevitable court challenge to the subpoena’s legality.
It is longstanding Justice Department policy that a president can’t be criminally indicted. That puts Mueller in the position of having to explain the point of forcing Trump to give Grand Jury testimony.
Mueller could grant him immunity from criminal prosecution, a situation that could compel Trump to testify under oath – potentially saying things that could be used against him in an impeachment proceeding.
Such a situation would draw a new round of legal challenges since impeachment is reserved exclusively for Congress – and Mueller, as a Justice Department employee, works for the Executive Branch of the federal government.
Last week on ABC, Giuliani said he can’t be ‘confident’ Trump would not refuse to answer questions on the his absolute Fifth Amendment right to avoid incriminating himself.
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