Vice President Mike Pence wants to get to the bottom of how the Russia investigation started and whether or not he was spied on during it — and he thinks the American people deserve answers too.
Speaking with Fox News on Friday, he echoed President Donald Trump’s call for a probe into the origins of the special counsel’s investigation into alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government and argued the public “has a right” to such information.
“We’ve got to get to the bottom of how all this started. The American people have a right to know how this investigation even began. And as the attorney general said when he testified before Congress, there was spying. We need to understand why there was [and] whether there was a sufficient predicate.”
When “America’s Newsroom” host Sandra Smith pressed him on if he believes he was personally spied on during the campaign amid reports that the FBI agents considered infiltrating his team during the Trump transition, Pence replied, “Well, I think we need to find out.”
“We really need to get to the bottom of how this all began. And if there was a violation of the rules, if the law was broken, the people that were responsible need to be held accountable,” the vice president said.
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He went on to call the FBI’s reported idea “very offensive.”
“But I have to tell you, it’s very offensive to me. At a time when we were beginning the process of organizing our government, nine days after the election, these two disgraced FBI agents were actually corresponding about sending a counterintelligence guy […] to my intelligence briefing.”
During a congressional hearing last month, Attorney General William Barr turned heads when he said, “I think spying did occur” on the Trump team.
“But the question is whether it was adequately predicated — and I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that,” he clarified, adding that he wants to “make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance.”