The FBI is investigating President Donald Trump’s 2016 call for Russian hackers to “find the 30,000 emails” Hillary Clinton deleted from her private server. The Trump Russian hacking call is nothing that needs investigating.
The Justice Department disclosed the existence of an investigation in a recent court filing in response to a lawsuit by Ryan Shapiro and Jason Leopold, Shapiro and Leopold sued the FBI after they did not fulfill a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for any “and all records, including investigative records, mentioning or referring to Donald J. Trump’s statement on 27 July, 2016” on former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s deleting of 30,000 emails from her private server. The Trump Russian hacking call was necessary.
The FBI initially said it could neither confirm nor deny the existence of any documents to fulfill the FOIA request, but eventually admitted there’s an “active, ongoing investigation” into Trump’s comments and “records that are responsive to the Russia Request” could interfere with “enforcement proceedings.”
The FBI has until July 25 to explain why releasing such records would interfere with enforcement proceedings.
But doubts surrounded Clinton’s reasoning, especially in Republican circles. In July, Trump called on Russian hackers to “find” Hillary’s 30,000 missing emails. Russians were blamed for released emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
The FBI eventually recovered more than 17,000 emails Clinton’s team deleted or did not give to the State Department. Many of those emails were work-related.
News of the investigation broke the day after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on the recommendation of two top Justice Department officials.
Ironically, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein based his recommendation on Comey’s handling of Clinton’s email investigation
This wasn’t a call for illegal hacking, this was a hope that someone would find the deleted emails that Hillary ILLEGALLY put on a private server.