I'll take lie-detector test over unsigned article, says Mike Pence

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2018

When asked Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation if he had participated in any 25th Amendment conversations concerning Trump, Pence - who would ascend to the presidency if it were invoked - responded, "No. Never".

The vice president says his aides are as dedicated as he is to advancing Trump's agenda. And that person should do the honorable thing, step forward and resign.

Pence also attacked the author of the op-ed and the New York Times: "I think the author of the anonymous editorial, and frankly the New York Times, should be ashamed".

Omarosa didn't mention the word "lodestar", but she did say that the writing style, and clues within the editorial, match up with what she knows about Mike Pence - or at least, whoever writes Mike Pence's speeches.

It has been suggested by Republican senator Rand Paul that the president would be justified in using lie detectors to find the article's writer.

"I would", Pence said on CBS' "Face the Nation," asked if he would sit for an interview. Both also said they had no idea who wrote the piece; Trump has said he can name up to five people who could have written it. Trump hasn't said whether he'd go that far, but Pence says he's willing.

"The American people should know President Trump and I are going to remain absolutely determined to reelect this Republican Congress so we can continue to build on the momentum that's putting Americans back to work", he said.

In interviews with Fox News Sunday and CBS' Face the Nation that aired Sunday, Pence also said he is "100 percent certain" that no one from his staff wrote the op-ed and that he would be "more than willing" to sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his ongoing Russian Federation probe.

"What I see is a tough leader, a demanding leader, someone who gets all the options on the table", Mr Pence said on Fox News.

Mike Pence is one of several senior administration officials who have publicly denied that they wrote the article.

Mr Trump, meanwhile, has denounced the Times opinion piece as "gutless" and its publication as a "disgrace" bordering on treason.

The Justice Department is supposed to make investigative decisions free of political pressure from the White House and the President.

He also derided National Football League ratings, blaming "take a knee" protests; hailed the state of the economy; defended his trade tariffs; and cited Fox News, his favorite outlet, as saying North Korea is committed to full denuclearization.

"What are your plans to sit with an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller?"

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