Responding to reports that a Russian intelligence operation was behind the hacking and release of emails from Democratic National Committee staff members, Donald Trump today urged Russia to commit cyber-espionage and hack emails that have not been recovered from Hillary Clinton’s server.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 27, 2016
Following his press conference, Trump made similar comments on Twitter:
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
Trump has deep financial ties to Russia and has spoken warmly of Vladimir Putin, defending the Russian president from accusations of committing human rights abuses and siding with him when it comes to issues like the future of NATO. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, is a former adviser to the former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who is living in exile in Russia following the Euromaidan protests, and other advisers have Russian ties as well.
Attention all hackers: You are hacking everything else so please hack Obama’s college records (destroyed?) and check “place of birth”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2014