Pence: I’m confident no one on my staff wrote the NYT column

Sergio Conner
September 11, 2018

Vice President Mike Pence says he's "100 percent confident" that no one from his office was involved in writing the damning New York Times op-ed by a purported "senior administration official" detailing a "resistance" effort inside the executive branch.

Some Democrats, meanwhile, argued that the op-ed and Trump's response to it are proof that he is not fit to serve.

Though the author of The New York Times article said there had been discussion of removing the "amoral ... impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" Trump from power, he or she also drew attention to administration achievements - Republican goals including "effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more".

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The vice president said his aides were as dedicated as he was to advancing Trump's agenda.

The appearances by Pence come as Trump has stepped up his calls for the Justice Department to investigate the author of the piece, which described a "two-track presidency" in which some senior aides are actively working to thwart Trump's "misguided impulses" and have even discussed removing the president from office via the 25th Amendment. I know their character.

Think Vice President Pence penned the anonymous New York Times op-ed that set Washington on fire this week?

"I know their dedication and I am absolutely confident that no one on the Vice-President's staff had anything to do with this."

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He restated that he thinks the essay writer should do the "honorable thing and resign".

The president has condemned the paper for publishing the article, saying: "They don't like Donald Trump and I don't like them".

In an interview that aired on Sunday, Pence revealed that Mueller's team had not yet asked to speak to him.

In an interview with "Fox News Sunday", the vice president was asked if all top officials should submit to a polygraph test on the matter.

In recent days, Trump has repeatedly said that he believes Attorney General Jeff Sessions should launch an investigation to find out who the author of the piece was, citing national security grounds.

On Sunday, Pence told CBS' Face the Nation he was "100% confident that no one on the vice-president's staff was involved in this anonymous editorial".

Neither Mr Pence nor Ms Conway answered directly when asked if Mr Sessions should treat Mr Trump's comments as an order.

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