In a move without precedent by a U.S. presidential candidate, GOP nominee Donald Trump has proclaimed that he hopes that Russia was able to hack Hillary Clinton’s email server while she was Secretary of State. “[The Russians] probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do,” Trump said, referring to the 33,000 emails that were deleted from Clinton’s controversial private server before the cache was turned over to investigators.
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
During the press conference in Doral, Florida, Trump addressed Russia directly saying: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” Would Trump discourage Russia from hacking or otherwise interfering with American affairs? “I’m not going to tell Putin what to do,” Mr. Trump said. “Why should I tell Putin what to do?”