Pence stressed that if the Russians were behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, the FBI will find out and there will be serious consequences.
In a report by New York Times, Pence reportedly said, “The FBI will get to the bottom of who is behind the hacking. If it is Russia and they are interfering in our elections, I can assure you both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences.”
Speaking further, he said, “That said, the Democrats singularly focusing on who might be behind it and not addressing the basic fact that they’ve been exposed as a party who not only rigs the government, but rigs elections while literally accepting cash for federal appointments is outrageous.
“This is a national security issue now and the idea that you’d have any American calling for a foreign power to commit espionage in the U.S. for the purpose of somehow changing an election, I think, that we’re now in a national security space,” he said.
Following the call made by Trump, the Clinton campaign have accused the Republican nominee of encouraging Russian to meddle in the politics of the United States of America while also committing espionage against the country.
Clinton’s chief foreign policy adviser, Jake Sullivan said “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. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”
This is s coming at a time when two Russian intelligence agencies have been alleged to have hacked the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers.