Donald Trump Jr.'s release of a chain of emails on Tuesday arranging a meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton sent shockwaves through Washington, as politicians on both sides of the aisle reacted.
Most notable was a statement on behalf of Vice President Mike Pence from his press secretary Marc Lotter.
"The Vice President is working every day to advance the President's agenda. He was not aware of the meeting. He is also not focused on stories about the campaign — especially those pertaining to the time before he joined the campaign," Lotter said.
Political lawyer Ronald Klain tweeted:
"I worked for two VPs -- one in a WH facing impeachment. I've never seen any @VP statement that so distanced himself from the @POTUS."
GOP Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina declared that the story about Trump Jr.'s emails was "the very thing we need to not be distracted by."
"We'll let the committees of jurisdiction and appropriate folks in the Department of Justice sort that out," Tillis said.
Fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Trump Jr. needs to testify regarding the emails, and thought it was odd that a lawyer possibly linked to the Russian government knew nothing, as Trump Jr. asserts.
"Any time you're in a campaign and you get an offer from a foreign government to help your campaign the answer is 'no,'" Graham said.