Vice President Mike Pence served as the head of President Donald Trump’s transition team.
In the months between the election and Trump’s inauguration, several campaign and administration officials met or conversed with Russian oligarchs and government officials. Despite his official role leading the transition, Pence has repeatedly denied any knowledge of these meetings and conversations. Most notably, Pence claims not to have known that Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign; Flynn was subsequently forced to resign for allegedly lying to Pence. Pence has also denied knowing that Flynn was under federal investigation for his lobbying work for the Turkish government, even though Flynn reportedly alerted the transition team to the investigation before Trump’s inauguration. Pence defended Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey by citing recommendations from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General; Trump later indicated that he would have fired Comey regardless of their conclusions. Pence’s lawyer has reportedly met with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to indicate Pence’s willingness to cooperate with the ongoing investigation. (Photo credit: Chris Kleponis / Getty Images)