Eager to draw attention from the smolder dumpster fire in Philadelphia, Donald Trump was out in public making a spectacle of himself. During a press conference the subject of the alleged Russian hack of the DNC and the subsequent release of their emails to Wikileaks came up.
Just after denying he had colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to leak Democratic National Committee emails, Donald Trump on Wednesday expressly asked Russia to find “missing” emails belonging to Hillary Clinton.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he told reporters in Doral, Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens. That will be next.”
This is stupid and juvenile. In other words, it is quintessential Donald Trump.
However, Trump does not have a monopoly on either stupidity or overreaction.
The 30,000 emails that Trump is referring to are those emails on Hillary Clinton’s personal server that her minions determined were not “work related” and deleted. This is the official story line from Hillary Clinton on those missing emails
During the news conference, Clinton did not go into the details of how the review was conducted, but said it was “thorough” and that she went “above and beyond” what she was required to do in turning over many of her emails to the State Department.
“We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department,” she said, adding that all other emails were personal and pertained to matters such as “yoga routines,” “family vacations,” and “planning Chelsea’s wedding.”
So how does the Clinton campaign react?
Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Wednesday said Donald Trump’s suggestion that Russia should hack the Democrat’s email system was an unprecedented move that has become a national security issue.
“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,” said senior policy aide Jake Sullivan. “That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”
The first sentence, of course, is just stupidity of the kind you expect from POLITICO where reporters clear their copy with the Democrats in advance. Trump clearly is not encouraging a hack. Clinton’s private email server has been shut down and the bones picked by the FBI. He’s insinuating, rightfully, that the Russians a already in possession of the 30,000 missing emails from that server.
The campaign’s response is the most interesting. Hillary has said that the only missing emails from her server are personal. Now Jake Sullivan… who, by the way, was one of Hillary’s State Department minions who sent classified information to her via her unclassified email system and who should be indicted under the Espionage Act… is claiming that these emails are a matter of national security. How can that be the case as we “know” that the emails were personal and that her email system was not cleared for classified information?