Trump was advised by ‘snake oil salesmen,’ former Pence chief of staff says

“I think unfortunately the president had a lot of bad advisers, who were basically snake oil salesmen giving him really random and innovative ideas about what the vice president could do,” Short told the host. Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “But our office, you know, researched that and recognized that was never an option.”

Short said he wasn’t sure if Trump’s beliefs could be entirely attributed to bad advisers or if the president was looking for the bad advice to produce the outcome he wanted.

Although Pence, more than a year after the Capitol attack, has been more forceful in his pushback lately, Short’s comment on Sunday showed that Pence and his entourage are still toeing the line on issues surrounding Jan. 6. and the 2020 election. Short said he believed President Joe Biden had been duly elected, but made sure to include that he felt there were “significant concerns” about the election process during the pandemic.

And like other Republicans on Sunday, Short called the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot “partisan.”

He also said that although he did not see “much legitimate political speech” from his “front row seat” that day, he said members of the Republican National Committee were concerned that peaceful protesters had drawn into the investigation and “treated unfairly”.

Short, who cooperated with the committee’s investigation, would not say Pence would testify if he was subpoenaed.

“You know, I was forced to cooperate via a subpoena. I don’t know how many times you’ve been subpoenaed, Chuck, and if you consider it cooperation, but I consider it respect for the law,” Short said.

Todd adjusted his wording, again asking if the former vice president would comply with a subpoena, after Short said subpoenaing Pence would be an “unprecedented step for the committee to take.”

“Right. So obviously the former vice president, if he’s subpoenaed, is he going to follow the law?” Todd insisted.

“I think it’s very different to subpoena a former vice president to talk about private conversations he had with the president of the United States,” Short said. “It has never happened before. And I think we have serious concerns about the committee, Chuck. The committee is really not really a bipartisan committee.


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