Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday grilled Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence about how he could rail against political corruption while standing behind Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), who has been tainted by his own corruption scandal.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Wallace called out Pence for pushing the baseless claim that Hillary Clinton faced an indictment.
"Trump has no hard evidence," Wallace said. "That's overstatement."
For his part, Pence cited a thinly-sourced New York Post report, which claims Clinton "routinely asked her maid to print out sensitive government e-mails and documents."
"I think this is part of the way the American people need to count the costs in this election," Pence said. "Do we want more of the fast and loose ethics of the Clintons over the last 30 years or do we want a clean break, do we want to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., have fundamental ethics reform and rebuild our military, revive our economy, repeal Obamacare and have appointments to the Supreme Court that will uphold our Constitution?"
Wallace took advantage of Pence's talking points to set up his next question.
"Speaking of criminal investigations and draining the swamp," Wallace replied, "two of Governor Chris Christie's top aides were convicted of fraud and conspiracy Friday in the Bridgegate case. And given the fact that there was repeated testimony in that trial Christie knew all about the effort to close the lanes to the George Washington Bridge to punish a political opponent, are you comfortable with Christie as the chairman of the Trump transition team if he's elected?"
Pence, however, defended Christie: "Chris Christie has continued to strongly state his position that he had no knowledge of those actions."
"What those convictions prove is that he was right to immediately fire those people," Pence insisted. "All of our focus is on election day, I promise you. And we're grateful for Chris Christie's role in the campaign."
"So governor, no chance that he'll be replaced after the election?" Wallace pressed. "I mean, you're standing by Chris Christie despite all of this evidence."
"There's no changing in personnel here," Pence replied. "We're 100 percent focused on bringing home a great victory for the American people."