Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled for an interviewed with PBS today, but canceled after James Comey’s opening statement became public.
According to Politico media reporter Hadas Gold, Pence’s upcoming interview with PBS NewsHour was promoted on the network the night before, although Pence’s team apparently cancelled the interview at the last minute without providing an explanation.
While a later tweet from Gold only stated that the Vice President was “running late” for the interview and had to reschedule at the last minute, the timing of the cancellation is curious, given the early publishing of former FBI Director James Comey’s pivotal opening statement to be given to the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday morning.
In the statement itself, Vice President Pence is mentioned as present at the February 14 Oval Office meeting which Comey states is when President Trump privately asked him to stop the FBI’s probe into disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. While Comey didn’t say Pence was present during the conversation about Flynn, it’s likely the Comey statement would be one of PBS NewsHour’s key points of questioning for the Vice President during the interview.
As of this writing, neither President Trump, Vice President Pence nor White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer have made any public comments about the Comey statement. The former FBI Director will give both public and classified testimony on Thursday, as part of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s ongoing investigation into potential connections between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russian intelligence officials.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.