WATCH: Trump Asks Russia To Hack Clinton, MSNBC’s Katy Tur Calls Him Out
On July 27, 2016, Russians began spearphishing campaigns targeting Clinton’s personal office emails for the first time and also targeted Clinton’s campaign, according to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s hacking indictment. This was the same day Donald Trump publicly called for them to do just that: “Russia if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.
At the press conference, one journalist was fully aware of the consequential nature of this request. It was MSNBC’s Katy Tur, who has since written a book about her time covering Trump on the campaign trail.
When referencing Trump’s request to the Russian government, Tur asked: “does that not give you pause?”
Trump responded by telling her to “be quiet” and explained why it gave him no pause, saying even if Russia has them, he’d love to see them.
Then-candidate Donald Trump’s request for a foreign adversary to hack his political opponent was widely panned at the time. But now, within the context of the revelations proving Russia was apparently listening, it is likely circumstantial evidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference and potential collusion with the Trump campaign
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