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Mike Pence, Donald Trump Differ on Russian Email Hacks

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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence speaks during the US vice presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia on Oct. 4. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 17 Oct 2016 11:56 AM

Mike Pence appeared to contradict Donald Trump about alleged Russian hacks of emails connected to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during an interview Sunday on "Meet the Press."

WikiLeaks has been publishing emails reportedly taken from the account of her campaign manager John Podesta that reveal the inner-workings of the campaign and seem to expose some of Clinton's private thoughts about issues, people and groups. Some of those thoughts have contradicted her public thoughts.

"They capture a candidate, and a campaign, that seems in private exactly as cautious, calculating, and politically flexible as they appeared to be in public," The Atlantic reported last week about Clinton email revelations.

"The Clinton campaign underestimated and then fretted about rival candidate Bernie Sanders, worried about Joe Biden entering the primary race and Elizabeth Warren endorsing her opponent, plotted endlessly about managing Clinton's image in the press, took advantage of its close ties to the Obama administration and the hierarchy of the Democratic Party, and took public positions to the left of comments Clinton herself made during private paid speeches to Wall Street firms."

The Clinton campaign has blamed Russia for hacking the email in an effort to sway the election. On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Pence, Trump's vice presidential running mate, said there is evidence of Russian implication.

"Well, I think there's more and more evidence that implicates Russia," Pence said Sunday. "And there should be serious consequences if Russia is violating the privacy and the security of the American people."

Trump's comments at two presidential debates appeared to cast doubt on Russian involvement in hacking of Podesta and other Democratic leaders, noted NBC News.

"I don't think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the (Democratic National Committee)," Trump said in the first debate Sept. 26, noted NBC News. "She's saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don't -- maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?"

Trump added during the Oct. 10 debate, per NBC News: "I notice, anytime anything wrong happens, they like to say the Russians are — (Hillary Clinton) doesn't know if it's the Russians doing the hacking. Maybe there is no hacking. But they always blame Russia. And the reason they blame Russia because they think they're trying to tarnish me with Russia. I know nothing about Russia."

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Mike Pence appeared to contradict Donald Trump about alleged Russian hacks of emails connected to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during an interview Sunday on "Meet the Press."
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