Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

I'll take lie-detector test over unsigned article, says Mike Pence

I'll take lie-detector test over unsigned article, says Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence says he'd agree to take a lie detector test "in a heartbeat" to prove he isn't the author of an anti-Trump New York Times opinion piece.

Pence said the White House was waiting to determine whether criminal activity was involved, adding Trump was concerned the anonymous author may have had responsibilities in the area of national security.

"To have an individual who took that oath - literally say that they work every day to frustrate the president advancing the agenda he was elected to advance, is undemocratic". They were followed by an op-ed in the New York Times by an unidentified senior administration official who said some of Trump's closest advisers work in secret to confound the president's "more misguided impulses".

Some pundits had speculated that Pence could be the "senior administration official" who wrote the opinion piece because it included language Pence has been known to use, like the unusual word "lodestar".

In an interview Saturday, "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan asked Pence, "So you don't think anyone on your staff - since they're calling themselves the Trump appointee - had anything to do with this?"

Watch a preview of our conversation with Vice President Mike Pence above, and catch the full interview at 10:30 a.m. ET on your local CBS station and at 11 a.m. ET on CBSN.

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During a speech on Friday, Trump called Woodward an "idiot" and his book "all fiction". "I know my people", Pence said on "Face the Nation".

Mr Woodward has said he stands by his reporting. I mean, the reason why we're making the progress we're making all across this country - rebuilding our military, restoring American strength in the world, seeing the opportunity for peace emerge on the Korean Peninsula - we're hearing, we're expecting a letter as we speak from Kim Jong Un communicating again, as he did last week, his reaffirmation of his commitment to denuclearization.

The Justice Department is supposed to make investigative decisions free of political pressure from the White House and the president.

Pence also says he hasn't been asked for an interview by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Pence said he's willing to sit down with Mueller if he is asked and added that he so far has cooperated with all requests for information from the special counsel and will continue to do so.

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