— TODAY (@TODAYshow) May 10, 2018
On NBC’s Today show, Andrea Mitchell asked Vice President Mike Pence if he believes the Russia investigation is a “hoax” like President Donald Trump maintains. He managed to dodge the question, not giving a definitive answer.
But while Pence did not indicate agreement with the president’s assessment, he did suggest Special Counsel Robert Mueller cut the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any ties to the Trump campaign and subsequent administration short.
“Our administration has been fully cooperating with the special counsel, and we’ll continue to,” Pence told Mitchell.
What I think is that it’s been about a year since this investigation began. Our administration has provided more than a million documents. We’ve fully cooperated in it, and in the interest of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up.”
“And I would very respectfully encourage the special counsel and his team to bring their work to completion.”
Pence’s comments regarding a Department of Justice open investigation, one concerning his own administration, drew criticism and some unfavorable comparisons. The person cited who said something quite similar to the vice president? Former president Richard Nixon.
After a year of the Mueller investigation, Pence says it’s time to wrap it up.
After a year of the Watergate investigation, Nixon said the same thing. pic.twitter.com/TWHRaT6Ws0
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) May 10, 2018
“I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of this matter to an end. One year of Watergate is enough.” – Richard Nixon, 1/30/74 https://t.co/ST7RIQIaIu
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) May 10, 2018