(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — WASHINGTON — With Congress barreling into yet another big budget battle this week, Vice President Mike Pence is headed halfway around the world to Asia. During the government shutdown last month, he was in the Middle East.
And even as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation draws closer to President Donald Trump himself, vacuuming up interviews and documents from senior Trump advisers, Pence largely has stayed out of the conversation. He has not been asked to speak with Mueller, according to a person familiar with the vice president's operation who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Both by coincidence and design, Pence has managed to skirt some of the biggest controversies of the Trump administration. And he's got a full schedule of political and international travel for the rest of 2018 that could help keep him at arm's length from domestic troubles.
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