Unreal! Just when voters think they’ve heard it all from Donald Trump, the GOP’s presidential candidate goes off and tells Russia to spy on Hillary Clinton. After Donald asked Russia to hack Hillary’s email, some voters wondered if he just committed treason?
Russian hackers “probably have [Hillary Clinton’s] 33,000 emails…I hope they do,” said Donald Trump, 70, during a July 27 press conference, according to Politico. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Wow. That really happened. So, just to recap: Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s official candidate for president, just said that Russia – a foreign country – should hack into Hillary’s, 68, private email server (which contains State Department information, some of which is Top Secret) and leak it. Donald even doubled down on his remarks, begging Russia or “any other country” to share this information.
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
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
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 27, 2016
After voters picked their jaws off the floor following this latest unthinkable comment from Donald Trump, they bashed the GOP’s pick for his reckless suggestion. “I find those kinds of statements to be totally outrageous,” said Leon Panetta, the former Director of the CIA “[B]ecause you’ve got now a presidential candidate who is in fact asking the Russians to engage in American politics. I just think that’s beyond the pale.” He wasn’t the only one who thought Trump went too far, as voters were astounded by his illegal suggestions. Others, like Arsenio Hall, 60, mocked Donald over his ludicrous ideas.
Looks like Russia voted early in our American presidential election. #suchamess
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) July 27, 2016
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) July 27, 2016
@ucbdiz I don't hate Russia. I hate that Trump is working with foreign hackers to attempt to throw an election.
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) July 27, 2016
How is calling for a cyberattack from a foreign power anything but treasonous?
— Douglas Heye (@DougHeye) July 27, 2016
Trump literally just invited ad encouraged Russia to commit cyberespionage on his political rival
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) July 27, 2016
Donald Trump's call for Russia to engage in espionage is an all out act of treason. And when is he going to be brought up on these charges
— Susan George-Rydberg (@meditatorRN) July 27, 2016
Treason, by Section 11 of Article III of the Constitution consists “only in levying war against [The United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort,” per the New York Times. While not treason, what Donald suggested is definitely illegal, as the Stored Communication Act (18 U.S.C. § 2701. Section 2701) makes unauthorized access to email or voicemail a crime.
Those 30,000 messages Donald’s blathering about are the “personal” emails that weren’t turned over to the State Department during the FBI’s investigation into her private email server.
While FBI director James Comey, 55, said that Hillary and her staff were “extremely careless” with handling classified information, there wasn’t enough evidence to charge her with a crime. James also said that it was possible that someone “gained access” to Hillary’s accounts, there was no evidence that such a hack happened. Well, James and the rest of the FBI better be ready if Russia or any other country takes up Donald’s offer.
What do you think about Donald asking Russia to “find” Hillary’s missing emails, HollywoodLifers?