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07/11/2017 02:01 pm ET

Meghan McCain: Mike Pence's Denial About Russia Communication Was 'A Lie'

“How they have let this spin so completely out of control is beyond my comprehension,” she said.

On Fox News on Tuesday morning, Meghan McCain said that Vice President Mike Pence’s denial that communication had taken place between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia was “a lie.”

Despite Fox News’ consistent downplaying of the recent bombshells surrounding the Trump administration, hosts on the show “Outnumbered” discussed the recent tweets sent out by Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son.

The tweets included images of an email exchange showing that Trump Jr. was contacted in June 2016 about a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer in which he was told he could obtain “some official documents and information that would incriminate” then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Meghan McCain excoriated both Pence and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on the show, calling the latter “incompetent” and “one of the worst people who work in politics.” She indicated that Pence’s statement of denial in January “is now a lie.”

“How they have let this spin so completely out of control is beyond my comprehension,” she said.

Before the show, McCain even tweeted her thoughts about the “nothing burger” narrative:

For Pence’s part, his press secretary claims that the vice president was simply “not aware of the meeting.”

Former White House press secretary and frequent Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer was also on “Outnumbered” and reacted to Trump Jr.’s emails by saying, “You just don’t cross certain lines. ... Yes, you want opposition [research] on your opponent, but not from the Russian government,” he said.

Fleischer said that accepting the meeting with Russia was an example of “bad judgment” on Trump Jr.’s part, but not evidence of collusion.

Outside of Fox, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other Republicans have also spoken out about the emails and what should happen next.

“I know Don Jr. and Jared Kushner are new to politics, but this is going to require a lot of questions to be answered,” Graham said.

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