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Maddow: ‘It is Impossible’ That Mike Pence Didn’t Know About Michael Flynn’s Turkish Dealings

During last night’s broadcast of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow took aim at the recent revelations surrounding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and his lobbying and consulting ties to the government of Turkey.

Specifically, Maddow took issue with Vice President Mike Pence recently telling Fox News’ Bret Baier that this was the first time he heard the story that Flynn had to retroactively register as a foreign agent due to his contracts with Turkey that paid him over $500,000 during Trump’s presidential campaign and transition.

As Maddow noted, there is just no way that this was the first time Pence was made aware of Flynn’s dealings with Turkey.

“It is impossible this is the first Mike Pence has heard of it,” Maddow exclaimed. “Mike Pence was the head of the transition, while all of those news stories of Mike Flynn being on the Turkish government’s payroll were breaking.”

She continued, “He was the head of the transition when Mike Flynn was being vetted for the National Security Advisor job. He was the head of the transition when Congress formally notified the head of the transition that Mike Flynn appears to be on a foreign government’s payroll. He was the head of the transition when Mike Flynn’s personal lawyers came and told the transition that Mike Flynn maybe needed to register as a foreign agent.”

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that the Trump transition team was made aware that Flynn likely needed to register as a foreign agent due to his work with Turkey. Also, as Maddow explained, Rep. Elijah Cummings sent a letter to Pence a week after the election expressing his concern over the Turkish dealings.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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