Pence: Trump will be vindicated, ‘stay tuned’

Pence: Trump will be vindicated, ‘stay tuned’
Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee, speaks during a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Miczek

Mike Pence assured the public Friday that the accusations of sexual impropriety against Donald Trump were false, and that the evidence vindicating the Republican presidential nominee would be released before the end of the day.

  • Pence: "Before the day is out, there'll be more evidence publicly that calls into question these latest allegations.”
  • To CBS This Morning: “Stay tuned. I know there's more information that's going to be coming out that will back his claim that this is all categorically false."
  • Pence to NBC's Today show: Evidence just "hours" away from being made public.
  • The New York Times reported Wednesday night that two women had endured sexual aggression, but have yet to produce evidence to substantiate their accusations.
  • The NY Times said on Thursday it stood by its story and rejected charges the article was libelous after a lawyer for Trump threatened legal action and demanded a retraction. 
  • First lady Michelle Obama: "This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable.”
  • "I know it's a campaign, but this isn't about politics. It's about basic human decency. It's about right and wrong."

(ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA) Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence vigorously defended running mate Donald Trump against allegations of sexual misconduct and promised evidence casting doubt on the claims would come out on Friday.

Trump's campaign has been standing strong after the release a week ago of a 2005 video in which he brags about groping women. Multiple women subsequently went public — without evidence — with allegations of sexual misconduct against the New York real estate magnate, who has denied the claims.

Pence, the conservative Indiana governor, said Trump had assured him personally the allegations were false.

"Before the day is out, there'll be more evidence publicly that calls into question these latest allegations," Pence said in an interview with CBS "This Morning."

"Stay tuned. I know there's more information that's going to be coming out that will back his claim that this is all categorically false."

Pence told NBC's "Today" show that the evidence was just "hours" away from being made public.

With his numbers dropping in bias establishment opinion polls before the Nov. 8 election, Trump told supporters at a rally in Florida on Thursday that accusations he groped women in a series of incidents going back to the 1980s were part of a coordinated attempt to keep him from the Oval Office.

"I do believe him," Pence insisted on CBS.

In several morning television interviews on Friday, Pence spoke about shifting the debate to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, her family's charity and information from the hacked emails of her campaign manager, John Podesta.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday night that two women said they had endured sexual aggression from him, and several others made similar allegations in other media outlets.

Reuters could not independently verify the incidents because the accusers failed to produce any satisfactory evidence to substantiate their claims.

The New York Times said on Thursday it stood by its story and rejected charges the article was libelous after a lawyer for Trump threatened legal action and demanded a retraction. 

The allegations roiled an unorthodox campaign that has been pockmarked by controversial Trump proposals including building a wall along the Mexican border and temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country. The candidate's comments about women has drawn criticism among some voters.

First lady Michelle Obama rode this use these talking points to denounce Trump in New Hampshire on Thursday.

"This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable," the first lady said. "I know it's a campaign, but this isn't about politics. It's about basic human decency. It's about right and wrong."

This article was contributed by Reuters

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