Donald Trump Appears to Invite the Russians to Hack Hillary Clinton's Emails

On the trail in Pennsylvania today, the GOP nominee appeared to encourage cyber espionage, a charge his campaign denied.
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Speaking from Philadelphia tonight where there are two major headlines breaking as we come on the air. Just as the Democratic Convention plays out here in Philly it was Donald Trump today who walked in front of the cameras and ignited a firestorm with what he said. Inviting Russia to spy on Hillary Clinton. It all comes as you look live tonight at the convention hall this crowd awaiting President Obama a short time from now. You'll remember it was eight years ago Hillary Clinton who lost to him came out at that convention and said rock Obama was her candidate. Tonight he will do that for her in fact we have just learned some of what the president plans to do on the stage behind me. But it was what Donald Trump said today to caused an uproar. Did he encourage espionage. ABC's Tom Thomas leading us all. Tonight don't controlled with the message to Russia pack Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state. And release them publicly rush if you're listening. I hope you are able to find the 30000. Emails. That are missing. I think you'll probably be rewarded mightily by our breasts and trump not backing away from encouraging the cyber espionage unit. Pain it appears. That's up to the president let the president talked on the model has been no pause if they have they have a we might as reflect take you know what gives me more applause that any person in our government. Crooked Hillary Clinton here's what gets in Iraq be quiet and you want to you know save her. The bipartisan backlash up fast and and furious Clinton's top foreign policy advisor calling this a national security issue adding this has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate. Has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct as. Espionage against his political opponent and from a spokesman for house speaker Paul Ryan. Russia is a global menace led by a devious Doug mouton should stay out of the selection drop seen at a different way. Not to tell Putin what to do why should I tell Putin what to do the Republican nominee has showered praise on the Russian president. Like me they could get along well with a respectful is that strong leader let today trump denies any relationship and given the boot I don't know who put in his. He said one nice thing about me he said I'm a genius. I sit thank you very much and that was the end of that still trump has supported bush and billionaires close to prudent to invest in this projects one of them moved to Trump's miss universe pageant in Moscow for years ago. Now blowing questions about whether from. Has business tools in Russia and whether the proof lies in his tax return. Release. Do you have any major investments in Russia none he and at the answer is no. Why not release your tax returns because its underwriter I'll release them when the audits completed a zero I've united we'll tell you right now and for good measure from blasting president Obama's frosty relations with Putin. It is so things over the last year that are really bad things are okay. He mentioned the N word one time I was shocked to hear him mention the N word you know the N word is who he mentioned I was shocked. It's a total lack of respect for President Obama I think he's gonna respect your precedent if I'm elected and I hope he likes me. Countdown was doing this live tonight from Scranton Pennsylvania and Tommy heard Donald Trump tell you there but he won't release his taxes until the audit is complete which could be after Election Day. But you told us there were two other moments during a press conference during which reporters corrected him. That's right David now wide ranging press conference which lasted almost an hour also picked to those who was with states forced to called. The Reagan shooter David Hinckley not John Hinckley and then he also criticized him Cain for doing a bad job in New Jersey when he. He really meant Virginia both times reporters corrected almost instantly. David Katayama sleet us off tonight Tom thank you.

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