During a press conference in Doral, Florida, Donald Trump uttered what are most likely some of his most unhinged and dangerous comments to date.
While poo-pooing the evidence surrounding the Russia’s involvement in the DNC emails hack – a hack that his campaign benefitted directly from – Trump invited Russian hackers to get to the bottom of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“I will tell you this,” Trump said. “Russia, if you’re listening, 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. Let’s see if that happens, that’ll be next.”
This all comes on the heels of an appearance on Fox News this Wednesday morning where former National Review editor George Will speculated that Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns could mean he’s hiding the nature of Trump’s relationship with Russia.
“Perhaps one more reason why we’re not seeing his tax returns — because he is deeply involved in dealing with Russian oligarchs and others,” Will said. “Whether that’s good, bad or indifferent, it’s probably the reasonable surmise.”
Trump’s campaign chief Paul Manafort doubled down on the GOP nominee’s stance on releasing his taxes.
“Mr. Trump has said that his taxes are under audit and he will not be releasing them,” Manafort told CBS. “It has nothing to do with Russia, it has nothing to do with any country other than the United States and his normal tax auditing process.”
Trump has just publicly called on Russia to cyber-invade the United States to help get him elected: talk about high crimes & misdemeanors.
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) July 27, 2016
Watch the video uploaded to Twitter by POLITICO below (you can watch Trump’s full press conference here):
— POLITICO (@politico) July 27, 2016