WikiLeaks Founder Assange Claims Hillary Clinton Is ‘Pushing for a Pence Takeover’; Pence Calls His Remarks ‘Absurd’ and ‘Frankly Offensive’

Republican U.S.presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) stands with Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L), as Trump family members look on after Pence was introduced as Trump’s vice presidential running mate in New York City, U.S., July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange said on Tuesday, without offering any proof, that Hillary Clinton and intelligence officials “close to” Vice President Mike Pence are working to undermine Donald Trump‘s presidency in an effort to replace him with his vice president.

In the first of a pair of tweets from an account WikiLeaks said was activated by its founder, Assange claimed that Trump’s 2016 presidential election opponent Hillary Clinton stated privately this month that she is “pushing for a Pence takeover.” He claimed Clinton views Pence as “predictable hence defeatable.”

The second tweet alleges two unnamed intelligence community officials “close to Pence” stated privately this month that they are planning on a “Pence takeover.” Assange did not say whether that means they are behind the plans or if they are simply expecting a takeover. He also said the two intelligence officials didn’t state whether Pence agrees with the takeover.

The Washington Examiner has reached out to both Pence’s and Clinton’s offices for comment.

In a radio interview with Laura Ingraham, Pence said Assange’s tweets are “absurd” and “frankly offensive.”

“I would find all of that dialogue to be absurd and frankly offensive,” Pence said. “It is the greatest honor of my life to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with the 45th president of the United States. To see his leadership every day, to see the compassion that he has for the American people every day. I would dismiss that out of hand and tell you that I’m just, I’m so excited about the progress that we’ve been made strengthening this country, protecting this country, reviving this country’s economy and all credit goes to President Donald Trump.”

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SOURCE: The Washington Examiner
Daniel Chaitin