Vice President Mike Pence dismissed tweets by WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange on Tuesday asserting that Hillary Clinton and intelligence officials "close to" Pence are working to undermine Donald Trump's presidency in an effort to replace him.
Speaking in a radio interview with Laura Ingraham on Tuesday, 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."
Assange made the claims in a pair of tweets without offering any proof.
In the first tweet, Assange said that Trump's 2016 presidential election opponent Clinton stated privately this month that she is "pushing for a Pence takeover." He claimed Clinton views Pence as "predictable hence defeatable."
Clinton stated privately this month that she is quietly pushing for a Pence takeover. She stated that Pence is predictable hence defeatable.— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) March 14, 2017
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.
Two IC officials close to Pence stated privately this month that they are planning on a Pence takeover. Did not state if Pence agrees.— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) March 14, 2017
Assange later noted that the plan that his sources talked about was impeachment, and not any other kind of action.
It should be noted that both the officials close to Pence and Hillary Clinton spoke of moving towards an 'impeachment' not other action.— Julian Assange (@JulianAssange) March 14, 2017