Report: Mike Pence, Reince Priebus talked of replacing Trump after the 'Access Hollywood' tape

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Report: Mike Pence, Reince Priebus talked of replacing Trump after the 'Access Hollywood' tape

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In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump's inner circle during the early days of his presidency, from second from left, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, White House press secretary Sean Spicer and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Flynn resigned as President Donald Trump's national security adviser Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.

Mike Pence’s press secretary denounced a profile The Atlantic magazine posted Tuesday that said the vice president told GOP officials he would step up to replace then-candidate Donald Trump after the “Access Hollywood” tape became public weeks before the 2016 election.

Alyssa Farah, Pence’s press secretary, tweeted Tuesday, “Regarding The Atlantic’s tired, false claim about the VP during the campaign — we denied this in the article and deny it again today. Didn’t happen.”


According to the piece, Pence contacted then-Republican Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and offered to be the party's nominee if Trump were to somehow be removed by the RNC. According to the story, the RNC was considering buying Trump off or finding other ways to dump him from the party’s presidential ticket.

The story claims that some in the GOP suggested that Pence be the party’s presidential nominee with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the vice presidential slot.

The story also said that Pence’s wife, Karen, was “disgusted” by the “Access Hollywood” video that captured Trump saying he could assault women because he was famous.

“She (Karen Pence) finds him reprehensible — just totally vile,” The Atlantic quoted an unnamed former campaign aide as saying.
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