Trump says he hopes Russia hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails

From The Verge:

Donald Trump says that if Russians were behind the security breach that made tens of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails public, he hopes they’ve also hacked Hillary Clinton’s private email server. In a press conference, Trump responded to a question by saying that “it’s probably not [Russia], nobody knows who it is.” But he gleefully expounded on the implications of a Russian hack. “If they hacked, they probably have [Clinton’s] 33,000 emails. I hope they do,” he said, as quoted by Talking Points Memo. “They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted.”

In the clip below, Trump went further. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens. That’ll be next.”

Donald Trump: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”https://t.co/XHc9hh4gBt

Trump is referring to roughly 30,000 emails that Clinton deleted from the private mail server she used as secretary of state, claiming that they were personal and unrelated to official business. A small number of these deleted emails have been recovered from other sources and publicly released by the State Department, along with tens of thousands of work-related messages.

So, to be clear, Donald Trump hopes that a foreign power has intercepted private State Department communications. There are legitimate, major problems with Clinton’s use of a private mail server, but he is actively hoping for the worst-case scenario to come true, effectively because it would politically damage his opponent.

Shortly after Trump’s comments, his running mate Mike Pence issued a …

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