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Mike Pence appears to differ from Donald Trump on Russia, e-mails

Donald Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence.
Donald Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence.

Donald 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 U.S. 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.

Trump said he has no relationship to Russian President Vladimir Putin and does not know if Russia or some other country, such as China, is responsible for the DNC breach.

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