Mike Pence responds to 'absurd' accusations from Julian Assange of a White House 'takeover' plot

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Vice President Mike Pence responded on Tuesday to tweets from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, denying what he called "absurd" allegations that intelligence officials are plotting a takeover of the presidency.

"Clinton stated privately this month that she is quietly pushing for a Pence takeover," Assange tweeted Tuesday. "She stated that Pence is predictable hence defeatable."

Assange continued: "Two [intelligence] officials close to Pence stated privately this month that they are planning on a Pence takeover. Did not state if Pence agrees."

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Pence told the conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that Assange's allegations were "absurd" and "frankly offensive."

"It is the greatest honor of my life to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with the 45th president of the United States," Pence said. "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 responded to Pence's remarks.

"It should be noted that both the officials close to Pence and Hillary Clinton spoke of moving towards an 'impeachment' not other action," he tweeted.

Before the presidential election, Assange's WikiLeaks released emails from John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman. Some pundits have said that contributed to Clinton's losing to Trump.

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