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Trump, Pence differ on hacking

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) with vice-presidential candidate Governor Mike Pence.


Hillary Clinton's campaign is denouncing Donald Trump's call for Russia or any other foreign power to attempt to recover the Democratic presidential nominee's missing emails.

Trump, in an extraordinary press conference yesterday, said: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."

Jake Sullivan, a senior policy adviser to the Clinton campaign, responded by saying "This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent."


"That's not hyperbole, those are just the facts," Sullivan said in a statement. "This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."

A spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says Russian President Vladimir Putin should stay out of the US presidential election.

The brief statement from Brendan Buck comes as Democrats insinuated that Russia hacked DNC emails, and Republican Donald Trump's call for Russia to infiltrate Hillary Clinton's email an unprecedented suggestion to a foreign power to conduct cyberspying on a presidential candidate.

Buck said in a statement: "Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election."

Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, are sending some mixed signals fewer than two weeks into their partnership.

The Republican presidential nominee first called on Russia to find the missing emails from Hillary Clinton's personal server, since they probably contain "some beauties".

Later, Pence said in a statement there should be "serious consequences" if Russia is found to be interfering in the US electoral process.

Pence added that "both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences" to any hacking. He was responding to the breach of Democratic National Committee computers.