The New Yorker journalist, Ryan Lizza, released on Tuesday another piece from his infamous interview with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci in which the former wall street personality said that Vice President Mike Pence had ulterior motives in his appointment of new chief of staff Nick Ayers.
The new publication comes after reports surfaced over the weekend that Pence is already planning his presidential campaign for 2020, rounding up GOP donors behind President Trump’s back. When asked about Pence’s plans, Scaramucci immediately referred to Ayers.
“Why do you think Nick’s there, bro?” Scaramucci said during the phone call with Lizza, speaking of Ayers’ appointment as Pence’s chief of staff last month. When Lizza was incredulous, Scaramucci asked if he was stupid.
“Are you stupid?” Scaramucci added, Lizza reports. “Why is Nick there? Nick’s there to protect the vice president because the vice president can’t believe what the f— is going on!”
Ostensibly, Scaramucci is referring to the Russia investigation as what the vice president can’t believe. A New York Times report on Pence’s presidential aspirations noted that Ayers has “worked on many campaigns but never in the federal government.” The report also observed Ayers “signaled to multiple major Republican donors that Mr. Pence wants to be ready.”
Scaramucci declined to clarify the comments to Lizza, who speculated that Pence could be preparing for the instance of Trump deciding not to run for a second term or not being able to finish out his first one. This week, special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury, signaling the Russia probe isn’t set to end any time soon.
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