Amid a torrent of criticism and official denials and a gleeful Washington whodunnit - and with suspicion falling on Pence himself, given the use of "lodestar", a word common in his public remarks - the vice-president told CBS he "wouldn't know" who wrote the piece. The writer claimed to be part of a "resistance" movement within the Trump administration that was working quietly behind the scenes to thwart his most risky impulses.
"I focused on ways in which Judge Kavanaugh has written, has spoken, issued decisions that suggest he has a very broad view of presidential power", Coons said.
Asked by "Face the Nation" host Margaret Brennan whether he had participated in any discussions with other Cabinet members about removing Trump from office, Pence replied, "No". "They get up every day and are dedicated, just as much as I am, to advancing the president's agenda and supporting everything. President Trump is doing for the people of this country". "You don't know that and I don't know that". "I know their dedication, and I am absolutely confident that no one on the vice president's staff had anything to do with this", he said.
He repeated his belief that the essay writer should do the "honourable thing and resign".
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While suggestions of the 25th Amendment have persisted throughout Trump's presidency, they've intensified in the wake of the Times piece and Bob Woodward's upcoming book Fear: Trump in the White House.
The depiction of Trump's White House offered by Woodward is off-base, Pence said.
Pence has called on Mueller to wrap up his expansive probe, which is also reviewing whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice as the investigation proceeded.
Pence told Fox News Sunday it would be for the president to decide if lie detectors should be used to find the culprit.
Both Mr Pence and Kellyanne Conway, a counsellor to Mr Trump, pushed back during separate television appearances on Sunday on the portrayals of Mr Trump as anything but a thoughtful leader. "Anybody who would do this, you don't know what else they're saying".