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Pence responds to Trump Jr. emails: He's 'not focused on stories about the campaign'

Pence responds to Trump Jr. emails: He's 'not focused on stories about the campaign'
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Vice President Pence's spokesman said Tuesday that the vice president is not focusing on stories surrounding President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE's campaign.

His comments come after new details emerged regarding Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer.

"The Vice President is working every day to advance the president's agenda, which is what the American people sent us here to do," press secretary Marc Lotter said in a statement.

"The Vice President was not aware of the meeting. He is not focused on stories about the campaign, particularly stories about the time before he joined the ticket."

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President Trump announced in July last year his decision for Pence to serve as his running mate.

The meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer took place on June 9, 2016.

The statement from Pence's press secretary comes after Trump Jr. on Tuesday released a chain of emails ahead of a New York Times story. The emails reveal his conversations about setting up the meeting with a Russian lawyer offering compromising information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarter Page files defamation lawsuit against DNC Dems fear party is headed to gutter from Avenatti’s sledgehammer approach Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE.

The release came after The New York Times reported Trump Jr. was told before the meeting that the harmful information on Clinton was part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s presidential campaign.