Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former White House aide who has been a thorn in the side of the Trump administration these past few weeks with her damning revelations about the Trump White House, thinks she knows who's behind an anonymous New York Times op-ed piece about the administration. Rand Paul suggested to find the author, but this wouldn't prove Pence had no influence on the thoughts of the anonymous writer or is preparing for Trump's departure.
"If they are a senior administration official, that they are violating an oath - not to the president, but to the constitution". Thus weakened, Trump's departure by impeachment or other means would also open the door of the Oval Office to the vice president.
The 25th amendment provides for the removal of a president on grounds of inability "to discharge the powers and duties of his office".
The President took immediate steps to address the situation on Monday, hitting out at Bob Woodward's new book, which, along with an op-ed by an anonymous senior official in the New York Times, presents a devastating picture of his performance.
Pence said he is confident members of his staff had nothing to do with the op-ed's authorship. I know their character.
"I would agree to take it in a heartbeat and would submit to any review the administration wanted to do", he said in a taped interview on Fox News Sunday.
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said the writer was "motivated by conceit", and she denied that the op-ed and Woodward book had harmed trust levels inside the White House. "There could be, and there could not be".
"I know their dedication and I am absolutely confident that no-one on the vice president's staff had anything to do with this".More news: Kane: Referee 'bottled' decision to disallow late equalizer vs. Spain
On CBS, Pence rejected Woodward's portrait of an inept and erratic president.
The book, Fear: Trump In The White House, is scheduled to be formally released on Tuesday, all but ensuring that the debate over Mr Trump's leadership ability and style will extend into a second straight week. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a frequent Trump critic who nonetheless has consistently voted in support of the president's policies. "They get up every day and are dedicated, just as much as I am, to advancing the president's agenda and supporting everything ..."
"You look at the operation of this White House and you have to say, 'Let's hope to God we don't have a crisis, ' " the journalist-author said. As Newsweek reports, several unnamed White House insiders think it was Pence.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Regional and nuclear experts have cast doubt on that claim.
Pence also says he hadn't been asked for an interview by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Asked if the process had been discussed, Pence said: "No".
Has he asked for an interview with you yet?