Vice President Mike Pence refused to answer whether he knew a holdup in Ukraine military aid was tied to interest in an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
“But were you ever aware, Mr. Vice President, that interest in the Bidens—interest in investigating the Bidens–was at least part of the reason for aid to Ukraine being held up? Were you ever aware?” NBC News correspondent Vaughn Hillyard asked Pence on Wednesday.
“I never discussed the issue of–the issue of the Bidens with President Zelensky,” Pence responded.
“But were you ever aware within the administration?” Hillyard asked a second time.
“What I can tell you is that all of our discussions internally between the president and our team and our contacts and my office with Ukraine were entirely focused on the broader issues of the lack of European support–” Pence responded before Hillyard asked the vice president a third time: “But you were aware of interest in the Bidens being investigated and that being tied to aid to Ukraine being held up?”
New: Vice President Pence when repeatedly asked if he was aware of holdup of Ukraine aid $$ being tied to interest in investigating the Bidens—> (from press gaggle in Waukee, Iowa) pic.twitter.com/EnxNkHks6Q
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) October 9, 2019
“That’s your question,” Pence said. “Let me be very clear. The issue of aid and our efforts with regard to Ukraine were from my experience in no way connected to the very legitimate concern the American people had about corruption that took place, about things that happened in the 2016 election–”
Hillyard again pressed: “But were you aware of others in the administration having those conversations?”
Pence responded: “Or about the issue that former Vice President Biden had his son on the board of a major energy company in Ukraine at a time that Vice President Bicen was running the United States efforts in Ukraine. I think the American people have the right to know what was going on. But all of our discussion–all of my discussions with the leadership in Ukraine were entirely focused on President Trump’s priorities—”
Oh. My. God. Watch this now. Pence gets asked “the question” about Ukraine, and becomes a stuttering mess. Seriously, this is one minute long, watch it now then share it. https://t.co/M9FflTlqJ6
— John Scare-avosis🇺🇸 (@aravosis) October 9, 2019