Pence: I’m confident no one on my staff wrote the NYT column

Pence was speaking after a bombshell anonymous anti Trump op-ed by a White House official

Vice President Mike Pence says he would agree to take a lie detector test "in a heartbeat" to prove he isn't the author of an anti-Trump The New York Times opinion piece. The op-ed writer claimed to be part of a "resistance" movement within the Trump administration that was working quietly behind the scenes to thwart the president's most risky impulses.

The piece, headlined I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration, claimed there had been discussions to invoke the 25th amendment, which allows for removal of a president if he or she is deemed unfit to carry out the duties of their office.

In his CBS interview, Pence did not dwell on such tantalising what-ifs.

Trump, meanwhile, has denounced the Times opinion piece as "gutless" and its publication as a "disgrace" bordering on treason.

The appearances by Pence come as Trump has stepped up his calls for the Justice Department to investigate the author of the piece, which described a "two-track presidency" in which some senior aides are actively working to thwart Trump's "misguided impulses" and have even discussed removing the president from office via the 25th Amendment.

Pence went on to say he didn't explicitly ask any members of his staff if they were involved in the op-ed, but added he didn't feel the need to.

"The American people should know President Trump and I are going to remain absolutely determined to reelect this Republican Congress so we can continue to build on the momentum that's putting Americans back to work", he said.

Some of the officials featured in the book's anecdotes about the president, including Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly, issued statements denying the comments attributed to them by Mr Woodward.

Omarosa isn't the only person connected to the Trump White House who thinks the mystery writer may be Pence.

"I would agree to take it in a heartbeat and would submit to any review the administration wanted to do", Pence told "Fox News Sunday."

He also said that prosecutors will view Pence's offer to sit down with Mueller "suspiciously".

He restated that he thinks the essay writer should do the "honourable thing and resign". "But he makes the decisions, and that's why we've made the progress we've made".

Vice President Mike Pence said on Sunday he's "more than willing" to be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of a federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Sen.



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