Q: Were you ever aware of President Trump’s efforts to pressure President Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate the Biden family?PENCE: First of all, let’s be very clear that President Zelensky said there was no pressure. I think his words were, ‘No one pushed.’ And a clear reading of the transcript shows that there was no quid pro quo in the president’s call with President Zelenksy.Q: Were you ever aware?PENCE: The American people should read the transcript, and they’d do well to do that since the chairman of the Intelligence Committee manufactured a version of the transcript and read it into the record before the committee.
Q: Were you ever aware, Mr. Vice President, of the interest in the Bidens, the interest in investigating the Bidens was at least, in part, the reason the aid to Ukraine [was] being held up? Were you ever aware?PENCE: I never discussed the issue of the Bidens with President Zelensky.
Q: But within the administration, were you ever aware?PENCE: What I can tell you is, all of our discussions internally, between the president and our team, and our contacts and my office with Ukraine, were entirely focused on the broader issues of the lack of European support and corruption.
Q: But you were aware of the interest in the Bidens being investigated and that being tied to aid to Ukraine being held up?PENCE: That’s your question. Let me be very clear: The issue of aid and our efforts with regard to Ukraine were from my experience no way connected to the very legitimate concern the American people have about corruption that took place, about things that happened in the 2016 election ... or about the issue that former vice president Biden had his son on the board of a major energy company in Ukraine at a time that Vice President Biden was running the United States’ efforts in Ukraine. I think the American people have a right to know what was going on. And, but all of our discussions, all of my discussions, with the leadership in Ukraine was entirely focused on President Trump’s priority --
Q: But the president himself has said he wants a foreign country to investigate his rival. Is that okay with you?PENCE: I don’t believe that’s the case.Q: He said it.PENCE: And again, I know that’s the way Chairman Schiff characterized it in his manufactured version of the transcript, but the American people should read the transcript and they will see that the president did nothing wrong, there was no pressure, there was no quid pro quo. The president simply raised issues of importance and interest to the American people.