Pence: Lewis' Stance 'Deeply Disappointing'
Says he hopes civil rights icon will reconsider boycotting the inaugural
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 15, 2017 1:03 PM CST
In this Jan. 4, 2017 photo, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, joined by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Vice President-elect Mike Pence says it is "deeply disappointing" that civil rights icon John Lewis would question the legitimacy of Donald Trump's White House victory. In an interview with CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday, Pence said he respects "the sacrifice" the Georgia congressman made, but said that he is one of many people making "baseless assertions" that the president-elect's victory was illegitimate. "Donald Trump has every right to defend himself," said Pence after Trump tore into Lewis on Saturday. Pence says the nation faces "deep challenges" and he hopes Lewis will reconsider his decision to boycott. Pence said the incoming administration believes there is "no evidence of impact on voting machines," adding that "Donald Trump won the election fair and square." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial, via the AP:

  • Reince Priebus says Walter Shaub Jr., the director of the Office of Government Ethics who has criticized Trump, "ought to be careful because that person is becoming extremely political."
  • Pence calls the timing of a conversation between Trump's national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, and the Russian ambassador to the US "strictly coincidental."
  • CIA Director John Brennan says Trump's "talking and tweeting" is not in the nation's interest and that the president-elect lacks a full understanding of the threat Russia poses to the US.
  • Priebus says of Lewis that Obama should "step up" and "call it what it is—it's wrong what is happening, it's wrong how some of these Democrats are treating President-elect Trump."

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