Donald Trump attracted a lot of attention of the negative variety with a statement during his press conference in Miami yesterday. Asked repeatedly about allegations that the Russian government is behind the hacked and leaked Democratic National Committee’s emails, Trump took the opportunity to touch on the related subject of Hillary’s 30,000 deleted emails. “Russia, if you’re listening,” Trump said, “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.”
The Clinton campaign immediately shifted into overdrive. One of its top policy advisors issued a statement asserting: “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.” The Star Tribune put this incendiary headline over the alarmed Washington Post story by Phil Rucker and Robert Costa: “Donald Trump urges Russians to hack Hillary’s email.”
What an epic display — in varying proportions, depending on who was doing the talking — of bad faith and stupidity.
The relevant facts relate to the private email server on which Hillary Clinton conducted official business as Secretary of State. Clinton had her lawyers delete 30,000 allegedly personal emails from the server. According to FBI Director James Comey, the emails have been irretrievably removed from the server. They are lost.
Let us first note that Clinton’s server was “wiped” years ago. It is not available to be hacked anymore. Trump did not call on the Russians to hack Clinton. If they did it, as they probably did, they did it long ago. Trump knows that, even if the political clowns and media hacks pretend not to.
Clinton’s official emails are also offline at this point. I know this is ancient history, but c’mon.
It is incredibly touching, however, to observe the Democrats’ concerns about Russian hacking of Clinton’s server at this point. Would that it had been evidenced any time before yesterday, as the classified nature of the preserved emails came into view.
Trump was putting out an All Points Bulletin on the emails, enlisting the assistance of those who are most likely to have accessed and preserved them to cough them up. He was facetiously lending a hand to law enforcement.
Would the Democrats prefer that the Russians sit on the emails for their use at a later date?
And remember, these “personal” emails (allegedly) only dealt with mundane matters such as Madam Hillary’s yoga lessons, stylists’ appointments, designer pantsuit measurements and the like. Trump didn’t call on the Russians to release the truly compromising top secret materials that Clinton stored on her server in violation of the Espionage Act (Comey to the contrary notwithstanding).
As I say, it’s good to see the Democrats and their media adjunct purport to flip out over the national security implications of Clinton’s private server. Is Trump this good or are they this bad?