Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday hammered Vice President Mike Pence about Donald Trump's claim that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should "investigate" the author of the anonymous op-ed published Thursday in the New York Times, explaining there's nothing illegal about the writer's actions. He declined to say whether other officials should take polygraph tests, saying that's President Trump's decision, but he took aim at the op-ed author: "If they are that senior administration official-they're violating an oath, not to the president, but to the Constitution".
Vice President Pence speaks to airmen during a visit to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas on September 7, 2018.
Mr Trump, meanwhile, has denounced the Times opinion piece as "gutless" and its publication as a "disgrace" bordering on treason.
Vice President Mike Pence was asked in an interview with CBS News' Margaret Brennan whether he has considered invoking the 25th amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
The vice president declined to speculate on whether someone had purposely inserted the word "lodestar" into the New York Times op-ed to set him up, telling Wallace simply, "I wouldn't know".
"Does the so-called "Senior Administration Official" really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?" "Given our current context, that could lead to a shield for President Trump from accountability by the special counsel's investigation and that's something that I tried to make the real focus of my questioning of Judge Kavanaugh".
"I know them", he explained.
He restated that he thinks the essay writer should do the "honourable thing and resign".
They also come as former president Barack Obama has stepped forward to harshly criticize Trump and Republican politics, comparing Trump in a speech Friday to demagogues around the world who exploit "a politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment". Trump hasn't said whether he'd go that far, but Pence says he's willing.
Pence told Fox News Sunday it would be for the president to decide if lie detectors should be used to find the culprit.
Neither Mr Pence nor Ms Conway answered directly when asked if Mr Sessions should treat Mr Trump's comments as an order.
On an unrelated matter, Pence said on CBS that he has not been called for an interview by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible coordination between Russia and Trump's Republican presidential campaign as well as Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
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