Vice President Mike Pence said he would he willing to take a lie detector test to prove he wasn’t behind a scathing anti-Trump op-edthat appeared last week in the New York Times.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Pence said the author, identified only as a senior official, should resign.
“Every senior official in any administration takes an oath to the Constitution,” Pence said. “The Constitution of the United States vests all executive power in the president of the United States.
“To have an individual who took that oath — literally say that they work every day to frustrate the president advancing the agenda he was elected to advance — is undemocratic. It’s not just deceitful, but it’s really an assault on our democracy. And that person should do the honorable thing, step forward and resign,” he added.
Pence said he did not know the author’s identity but was willing to take a lie detector test to prove it wasn’t him.
“I would agree to take it (a polygraph) in a heartbeat,” Pence told Fox’s Chris Wallace. He added that he would also “submit to any review by the administration.”
The anonymous op-ed was published last week by the NYT, with the author saying they were part of the White House “resistance.”
“To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous. But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic,” the author wrote. “That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”
Speculation on who could have written the idea includes Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Both have denied any knowledge of the piece. Source Link