Oh, dear. Vice president Mike Pence will have a lot to do in the next 10 days, should he choose to comply with the letter he has just received from the top Democrats of the Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees in the House.
Reps. Elliot Engel, Adam Schiff, and Elijah Cummings sent a demand to Pence with a long list of documents he must produce, pursuant to the impeachment inquiry related to Trump's pressuring Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. When the news broke of the letter and document request, CNN's Brooke Baldwin asked Samantha Vinograd what exactly the Dems were looking for.
BALDWIN: Remind us. Give us examples.
VINOGRAD: His defense right now is He didn't do his job well. Remember, he went and met with Zelensky. President Trump stayed home. Any basic prep for a vice president would include finding out what happened on the last presidential phone call with a leader. Speaking to the State Department. Speaking with the special envoy for Ukraine. Pence's defense has been that he stinks at his job and didn't do any of that.
Pence also played the ignorance is bliss card in regard to the illegal activities of then National Security Advisor Mike Flynn was up to, with respect to working to do illegal things that he ultimately resigned for. So, Pence's defense again, is that he didn't know what was going on.
Now these committees have a real way of finding out. They can subpoena information related to whether pence had a staffer on this call with Zelensky, they can subpoena information with respect to a readout of Pence's meeting with Zelensky when he traveled to see him, they can subpoena information with respect to his talking points, any prep that he did before he arrived for that meeting. So there's a trail of paper that they can try to get at and they can also subpoena Zelensky's own staff to find out what they briefed him on before he engaged with the Ukrainians.
So, as Vinograd put it, his defense is that he's terrible at his job. While it is indeed true that he's terrible at his job, what's really going on is that Pence has made a habit of playing dumb in the hopes it will exonerate him of wrong-doing and keep him out of the spotlight of suspicion. Unfortunately for him, the Dems aren't shining just one spotlight, but an entire set of industrial-strength floodlights on him and anyone remotely connected with this extortion for election help scheme.
Chairmen Engel, Cummings, and Schiff included a 3-page, single-spaced list of documents for Pence to produce related to this mafia-like shake-down. Of course, like a good mafia soldier, he will not comply, and we are likely in for a long court battle. Who know, though? Maybe before it gets to the Supreme Court, they'll BOTH be impeached and removed, and we'll have President Pelosi.