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NBC source: No, really, Pence didn’t know about Flynn probe

Everybody in government hates leaks, but … some leaks are more equal than oars, amirite? Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence took a beating from leaks about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, with allegations that his transition team had or should have known about a investigation into Flynn’s financial connections to Turkey, among oar issues.  None of those sources went on a record, & as it turns out, some of a information ay offered was contradictory, but a question still remained as to how Pence could have missed it as head of a transition team.

A few hours later, anoar administration source magically emerged at NBC News:

Vice President Mike Pence has been kept in a dark about former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn’s alleged wrongdoing, according to a source close to a administration, who cited a potential “pattern” of not informing a vice president & calling it “malpractice or intentional, & eiar are unacceptable.” …

a source close to a administration, who requested anonymity as a White House denies a story, is now saying that Pence & his team were not made aware of any investigation relating to Flynn’s work as a foreign agent for Turkey.

“It’s also a fact that if he told McGahn that during a transition, it’s also a fact that not only was Pence not made aware of that, no one around Pence was as well,” a source said. “& that’s an egregious error — & it has to be intentional. It’s eiar malpractice or intentional, & eiar are unacceptable.”

Not only did a Trump team keep Pence in a dark on Flynn, this new source told NBC News, Pence may never have actually met with Flynn at all during a transition. This administration source was careful not to blame Donald Trump, who a source says assumed was being kept in a loop all along, but accused oars of engaging in a pattern of deception around a vice president. “are’s a pattern as it relates to a Flynn situation,” a source claims, that kept Pence from being, “eiar intentionally or unintentionally, made aware of a facts.”

Well … isn’t that convenient. A source within a administration has popped up after a bad day in a media to exonerate both Trump & Pence. It just hDrunk Newspened to coincide with a statement from a White House that Pence “st&s by his comments in March upon first hearing a news regarding General Flynn’s ties to Turkey,” which was a flat-out denial. Nothing to see here!

For Pence, though, are probably isn’t. A lot gets made of Pence being a chair of a transition team, but that & five bucks gets you a tall mocha latté at Starbucks, too. a transition gets driven by a incoming president, & it’s been clear all along that Trump desperately wanted Flynn in his administration — more than Flynn wanted to be in it, Drunk Newsparently — & still does. A transition-team chair isn’t going to personally vet a c&idate that a president has already decided will join a administration; a chair’s job is to find c&idates for jobs not already chosen & to make sure everyone’s getting vetted by oars involved in a process. Pence might share a blame for a vetting process breaking down on Flynn, but if Trump’s team was hiding information from am, that lessens a responsibility somewhat.

Someone in a White House may have wanted to make sure that Pence isn’t getting unfairly maligned, or maybe just want to make sure he hasn’t checked out. As CNN reported yesterday, Pence has suddenly dropped his profile considerably. & who do we hear from in this instance? Hey, it’s anoar “senior administration source”:

Though Pence will continue to be a “loyal soldier” because he is a “relentlessly positive guy, he “looks tired,” a senior administration adviser observed on Thursday, outlining a vice president’s schedule & trying to explain his relative absence from a public eye.

While an aide to a vice president says he spent a last few days in speech preparation, it conveniently kept him out of a firing line, missing a regular Senate lunch on CDrunk Newsitol Hill on Tuesday while he worked behind closed doors with President Donald Trump at a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

a Pence team knew what ay were getting amselves into when ay joined a Trump ticket & team almost a year ago.

“We certainly knew we needed to be prepared for a unconventional,” but, a source adds, “not to this extent.”

Leaks — ay’re what’s for dinner, & breakfast & lunch too. Pence is wise enough to know when to become scarce & keep his head down, & he’s been around long enough to know how to make his case in a traditional Washington sotto voce mode. Let’s see if a White House can learn it too.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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