When presidential nominee Donald Trump invited Russia to “find the 30,000 [Clinton] emails that are missing,” he should have known better than to get a foreign power involved.
On Thursday, Reuters reported that Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, “The Americans need to get to the bottom of what these emails are themselves and find out what it’s all about.”
Peskov further stated that the notion that the Russian government would hack into the Democratic National Committee’s emails is bonkers. He said, “It is so absurd it borders on total stupidity.”
Trump is now claiming that his controversial plea for Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton's email server was sarcasm, The Daily Beast reported.
"Of course I'm being sarcastic," Trump said in an interview with "Fox & Friends."
While Trump insists he was joking, he defended his point and talked about the problem he finds with the missing emails. "But you have 33,000 emails deleted, and the real problem is what was said on those emails, it's disgraceful," he said.
Leon Panetta, Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director, was appalled by Trump's call to Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton's emails, according to CNN. "This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent," he said.
Panetta also claimed that Trump is disloyal to the United States for his conspiracy plan on his political opponent.
"This is just beyond my own understanding of the responsibility that candidates have to be loyal to their country and to their country alone, not to reach out to somebody like Putin and Russia, and try to engage them in an effort to try to, in effect, conduct a conspiracy against another party," Pannetta said.
The Trump campaign didn't waste any time cleaning up Trump's mess of bashing Hillary Clinton for her missing emails.
Jason Miller, senior communications adviser for the Trump campaign, tweeted, "To be clear, Mr. Trump did not call on, or invite, Russia or anyone else to hack Hillary Clinton's emails today," Business Insider reported.
Miller continued to defend Trump and explain what he meant by his bold statement. "Trump was clearly saying that if Russia or other's have Clinton's 33,000 illegally deleted emails, they should share them w/ [sic.] FBI immediately," he said on Twitter.
At a press conference this week in Doral, Florida, the Republican presidential nominee asks for Russia to find and publish Clinton’s multiple missing emails, according to The New York Times.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton's 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2016
In the past, the Democratic Party accused Trump of having a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Sacramento Bee reported.
It's frightening that Trump is calling upon a Russian dictator to help him with his United States presidential campaign.
Trump's call to action validates speculation of his close financial and business ties with the Russian government.
The Trump campaign said to the media this week that Trump will not be releasing his tax returns and that the reasoning has nothing to do with Russia, according to the Huffington Post.
“If Russia or China or any of those country [sic.] gets those emails, I've got to be honest with you, I'd love to see them,” he said.
Trump’s plea to the foreign country seems to come at an ironically perfect timing as Russia is currently being accused of intervening with the U.S. election by hacking the Democratic National Committee.
The Russian government has not yet commented on Trump’s plea to hack into her email server, but the Clinton campaign did have a few words to say to the egotistical Republican nominee.
Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s chief foreign policy advisor, said, “This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”
Trump has used Clinton's email scandal to his advantage throughout his campaign, but hitting below the belt with his comments on multiple occasions just shows how much of a scumbag he really is.
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