Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump suggested presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was bribing Attorney General Loretta Lynch during his campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday night.
“I think it’s a bribe!” Trump stated, reacting to a recent New York Times report where Clinton said she may keep Lynch on as Attorney General if she’s elected President of the United States.
“Democrats close to Mrs. Clinton say she may decide to retain Ms. Lynch, the nation’s first black woman to be attorney general,” the New York Times reported on Sunday – two days before FBI director James Comey suggested no criminal charges should be filed against Clinton for using a private email server during her time as Secretary of State.
“It’s a bribe!” Trump charged. “How can you say that?”
“I mean the Attorney General is sitting there saying, ‘If I get Hillary off the hook, I’m going to have four more years or eight more years, but if she loses, I’m out of a job.’ It’s a bribe. It’s a disgrace,” the presumptive Republican nominee challenged.
Trump spent most of his campaign rally speaking at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts about Comey’s press conference and the fact that no charges have been filed against Clinton.
“I thought – everybody thought – based on what was being said, she was guilty,” Trump alleged of his rival, saying it’s “really amazing” there won’t be any charges. “Today is the best evidence ever that we’ve seen that our system is absolutely, totally rigged.”
“Bernie Sanders was right about a couple of things, he’s right about the system being rigged!” Trump declared, defending Clinton’s primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). “He was waiting for the FBI primary.”
“He lost the FBI primary,” Trump joked. “Bernie, my poor Bernie!”
“I feel so badly for Bernie,” he added.
Trump said Comey called Clinton’s conduct extremely careless.
“We’re talking about serious stuff,” the billionaire added. “The laws are very explicit. Stupidity is not a reason you’re going to be innocent.”