Trump is having to see off rumours that he has close links with Russian oligarchs particularly after it was revealed that the hackers behind the democratic party hack where part of an elite club formed by Tsar Putin.
Trump denied the allegations that Putin ordered Russian spooks to hack the Democratic National Conventions’ emails in order to benefit his campaign. But he then said he hoped that such hackers would find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails called on Russia to cyber-invade the United States to help get him elected.
“If they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do. They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted. You’d see some beauties, so we’ll see,” he said during a press conference at his Miami-area hotel.
“Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you probably will be mightily rewarded by the press.”
This is the first time that an American politician has publically called for another nation state to conduct cyber warfare on his own country.
The call was roundly condemned by Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein who had a hand in making sure another president who tried something similar lost their job. Unlike Watergate, there is no need for any deep throats, Trump is opening calling for break-ins of democratic rivals. In fact in this case it is slightly worse, as Nixon did not rely on the Soviet Union to burgle Watergate (had he done so they might not have been caught).
“It ought to be apparent to all, and the Democrats should be able to make the case, that he is manifestly unsuited to be the president of the United States because of his recklessness with the national security,” Bernstein said.
Former National Review editor George Will told Fox News that Trump’s unreleased tax returns could reveal 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. Whether that’s good, bad or indifferent, it’s probably the reasonable surmise.”
Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort reiterated the candidate’s commitment to not releasing his returns. “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.”