According to a report at Axios, Vice President Mike Pence is furious over rumors that the FBI considered recruiting some of his staff members to infiltrate Donald Trump’s transition team — a story based entirely on speculation in right-wing outlets.
According to the report, “Vice President Mike Pence’s former chief of staff, Josh Pitcock, has responded for the first time to speculation in conservative media outlets that FBI agents wanted to use him to infiltrate President-elect Trump’s transition team in 2016.”
In a statement, Pitcock said he had “no contact” with either Special Agent Peter Strzok or former FBI attorney Lisa Page — two FBI agents frequently maligned as part of a conspiracy against Trump.
Pitcock added, “Any assertions or speculation to the contrary is unfounded, uninformed and 100% false.”
In a statement, Pence lashed out at the FBI based on the rumors, Axios reports.
“I was deeply offended to learn that two disgraced FBI agents considered infiltrating our transition team by sending a counter intelligence agent to one of my very first intelligence briefings only 9 days after the election,” Pence stated. “This is an outrage and only underscores why we need to get to the bottom of how this investigation started in the first place.”
The vice president also called for another investigation into the FBI –something Senate Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC., has promised.