In his blistering speech against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, presumptive GOP nominee Donald J. Trump lit into her over her private home-brew email server during her time as Secretary of State.
Trump specifically argued that Clinton’s email security weaknesses put the United States at risk, especially since foreign governments could “blackmail” her if she did end up becoming president.
“Her server was easily hacked by foreign governments, perhaps even by her financial backers in Communist China, putting all of America in danger,” Trump explained. “There are the 33,000 emails she deleted. While we may not know what is in those deleted emails, our enemies probably do.”
Going on to state the implication of this breach of content, Trump pointed out, “so they probably now have a blackmail file over someone who wants to be President of the United States. This fact alone disqualifies her from the Presidency. We can’t hand over our government to someone whose deepest, darkest secrets may be in the hands of our enemies.”
Reports surfaced last week that show that the Russian government apparently has a cache of Hillary Clinton emails that they plan to release at one point or another in the not-too-distant future.
Trade publication oilprice.com wrote last week, as reported by Breitbart News’s Patrick Howley:
Reliable intelligence sources in the West have indicated that warnings had been received that the Russian Government could in the near future release the text of email messages intercepted from U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server from the time she was U.S. Secretary of State. The release would, the messaging indicated, prove that Secretary Clinton had, in fact, laid open U.S. secrets to foreign interception by putting highly-classified Government reports onto a private server in violation of U.S. law, and that, as suspected, the server had been targeted and hacked by foreign intelligence services.
Trump hammered Clinton over and over on the matter in his Wednesday address, for which he has been almost universally praised for looking and acting presidential—and having a coherent fact-based speech.
“No Secretary of State has been more wrong, more often, and in more places than Hillary Clinton,” Trump said.
In the speech—which was scheduled to be delivered last Monday but took a back seat in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack—Trump touched upon a number of issues, stressing the creation of jobs, immigration, and the dangers of the Islamic State. However, he mainly spoke to the issues regarding the wrongdoings and corruption of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Slamming Clinton for her back door deals, used for her personal gain, Trump explained, “Hillary took millions from Kuwait, Qatar, Oman.” He later stated that “She ran the State Department like her own personal hedge fund – doing favors for oppressive regimes, and many others, in exchange for cash.”
The business tycoon reminded everyone of the fact that “Hillary Clinton accepted $58,000 in jewelry from the government of Brunei when she was Secretary of State – plus millions more for her foundation,” as well as accepting $25 million from Saudi Arabia.
Clinton operated all of this through her home-brew email server, as opposed to her government issued State Department email, in order “to cover up her corrupt dealings,” as Trump put it.
He also proclaimed, “They totally own her and that will never change, including if she ever became president, God help us,” referencing the enormous amount of money her husband former President Bill Clinton and she had made from “lobbyists, CEOs and foreign governments” through the years.
Michael Morell, the former Deputy CIA Director who served as the agency’s acting director for some time, said last year during an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show that several foreign countries had likely obtained her emails.
“I think that foreign intelligence services, the good ones, have everything on any unclassified network that the government uses, whether it’s a private server or a public one,” Morell said.
“I don’t think it was very good judgment,” he also said. “I don’t know who gave her that advice but it was not good advice.”