Trump just urged Putin to steal American classified intelligence to help his campaign

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today urged Russia to intervene in the US presidential election by stealing classified information.

As Hillary Clinton’s spokesman just noted on MSNBC, Trump openly invited Russia to engage in cyberattacks against the United States.

The goal: To obtain classified US intelligence information, and then use that information in order to help Trump win the presidential election.

Here’s the video, it just happened:

Here’s the text of what Trump said:

“By the way, 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. I will tell you this — 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.”

And lest anyone think Trump misspoke, he just doubled-down on his comments by issuing a tweet:

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And then, MSNBC’s reporter Katy Tur asked Trump about this, three times — whether he didn’t have a problem asking a foreign government to intervene in our election. Trump told the reporter, a woman, to “be quiet,” and reiterated that he had no problem making the demand. This was no joke.

TPM has the back and forth between Trump and the reporter:

Later on in the presser, NBC News reporter Katy Tur asked Trump to clarify his remarks.

“Do you have any qualms about asking a foreign government, Russia, China, anybody, to interfere, to hack into a system of anybody’s in this country?” she asked.

“It’s up to the President. Let the President talk to them. Look, here’s the problem, here’s the problem, Katy. He has no respect –” Trump replied.

“You said, ‘I welcome them to find those 30,000 emails,’” Tur said before the mogul cut her off.

“Well, they probably have them. I’d like to have them released,” Trump said.

Tur asked again: “Does that not give you pause?”

“Nope, gives me no pause,” Trump fired back. “If they have them, they have them.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan is already putting some distance between himself and Trump:

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What’s particularly disturbing is that this scenario is exactly what intelligence experts already think has happened — Russia has already committed a cyberattack against the Democratic National Committee, and is now slowly releasing the emails they stole in order to maximize the harm to Hillary Clinton, and maximize the benefit to Donald Trump’s campaign.

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40 Responses to “Trump just urged Putin to steal American classified intelligence to help his campaign”

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  3. nicho says:

    He asked them to find the emails Hillary destroyed. So, are you saying that she was storing classified intelligence on her home-brew computer (a crime) and that she destroyed evidence (a worse crime)? If this is true (as your headline and post suggest), then it’s Hillary who is the cybercriminal.

  4. Bill_Perdue says:

    So is HRH HRC, and both share a decades long history of racism, warmongering union busting and homophobia.

  5. Annie Coffman says:

    Well said.

  6. Annie Coffman says:

    He’s a vicious monster. Anyone sane should be appalled and fighting to keep him out of the presidency.

  7. Phil in FLL says:

    Yup. Pretty much sums up The Donald.

  8. Badgerite says:

    Well, I think we are more like ‘frienemies’ these days. It is hardly “suddenly”. I don’t know if you are aware but the Cold War dates back to the 1940’s. We are two countries that have had and still do have nuclear arsenals targeted at each other and ready to go as a deterrent to attacking each other. And Putin, charming human gas bag that he is, pines for those days. He thought the loss of that idiocy was a tragedy. Indeed, a great tragedy. And I think he blames the US and its actions in Afghanistan and elsewhere for the rise of Islamic extremism and the demise of many of Russia’s allies in the Middles East. And did I mention the rise of Islamic extremism. And there may be some justification to that last one. I think Putin believes that one of the greatest American leaders was Richard Nixon.
    Because Nixon did not believe, as Putin does not, that democracy in any true sense, could or would withstand the pressures extant in the rest of the world. He believes in authoritarian structures in the world to maintain stability and national and international interests. As did Nixon. And that is what he saw the old Soviet Union as providing. So things like the Arab Spring, movements of democratic legitimacy, and NATO, a structure that supports independent states outside the orbit of his perceived power structure, are profoundly threatening to his world view.
    America, after all, for most of its history, has had the oceans to protect us. Russia has not. So someone like the Trump Monster, (racist, racist, racist) who proposes to take America off the world stage as anything bordering on a credible actor, is all to Putin’s advantage. It would give him freer latitude in trying to recreate the national and international alliances and structures of old that made him feel all snug and cozy.
    Where he sees an advantage to working with the US he will. But he has and will pursue his own vision of a new world order. And that world order is more capitalistic than the Soviet Union of old, but it is hardly any less authoritarian or anti democratic. And it is, by definition, highly imperialistic. With Russia being the imperial part.

  9. F Harper says:

    Doesn’t it strike you as odd that Russia is suddenly an enemy of the US? We were always at war with East Asia!

  10. F Harper says:

    Do I need to walk you through it? That server is gone, its contents confiscated by the FBI and the hardware likely destroyed. If Russia has them, it means they hacked the server a long time ago. This nonsense about stealing information ranks among the worst media hack jobs I’ve ever seen. You can’t steal something that has already been taken.

  11. lilyhammer says:

    Yes, but he’s still endorsing him.

  12. lilyhammer says:

    And they would get it.

  13. lilyhammer says:

    Of course, Donald Trump says crazy stuff almost every minute he’s talking. His mind is a disorganized, hateful, self-aggrandizing hellhole. That really frees him up some.

    But what about the media that has spent three years hunting Hillary Clinton down on the slightest pretexts because conflicts of interest, national security, unseemliness? What is their response to every fifth thing out of Donald Trump’s mouth? Silence. Then witticisms of the “My, but doesn’t he know how to grab a news cycle?” Then more silence.

    They are almost useless. Sometimes, they’re worse than that.

  14. Gerald Parks says:

    Now THAT’S some shit!
    Is this man sane???
    The GOP/Republican Party is soon to be the Whig Party!

  15. walterhpdx says:

    How in the hell do people not understand, this man is f’ing CRAZY. He can’t be trusted with anything simple, let alone top secret information. When you’re rooting for another country instead of your own, you don’t deserve to be in the position you’re in.

  16. Satan says:

    Trump gets most of his financing from Russia and Kazakhstan. US institutions wont lend to him. Yet people are still supporting this Bozo.

  17. Satan says:

    Try hime for treason the traitorous bastard. Collaborating with the enemy. If Clinton said this people would be screaming for her head on a platter.

  18. fry1laurie says:

    Thereby doing himself what the GOP has accused (falsely) of Hillary doing with her emails. Will an investigation follow? Will I surprised when there is no investigation?

  19. MoonDragon says:

    The man is due to receive a classified intelligence briefing on 29 July. Any bets on how long it takes him to spill classified info during a rant while taunting Clinton?

  20. Colin says:

    It’s the Beer Hall Putsch all over again with these people. Only with a lot of money and years of hate radio and propaganda . And a lot more ” true believers.” As I posted a couple of days ago that to the wingnuts , all is fair. Trump can say whatever he likes . They do not care. There is not going to be a republican upheaval , there is not going to be a large amount of disgust shown at all. It will fade. I guarantee that Fox News is working on the spin already. Treason ? They don’t care about that either. Its a close race and many are shocked that it could ever be one with a nutjob like Trump.

    Lets not forget the roots of this or discount what these people who were sour assed and bigoted to begin with get to digest every hour of every day.

    “White men in America and across the planet are partying like it’s 1999 following Trump’s decisive victory over the evil enemies of our race,” Andrew Anglin at the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.
    And the basic ignorant chip on their shoulder bunch will be lining up at their easy to reach polling places by the bushel. It is going to be a sad and painful election cycle.

  21. Dennis says:

    Agree. Where is the notion coming from the author here that this information is classified?

    Comey said that information was already deleted and wiped clean. Gonzo.

    Trump is trolling here. Probably not cool. But that’s all. If Russia has the emails already, that’s not on Trump, that’s on Hillary.

  22. Bill_Perdue says:

    The right centrist Trump constantly puts his foot in his mouth and then shoots himself in the foot, giving right centrist Democrats fodder for their election year hysteria.

  23. AnitaMann says:

    What needs to happen is for both former GOP presidents, pappy and dummy, to not just sit out the convention but to come out and say, “do not vote for him. Republicans stay home this time.” They have to know how dangerous this POS is.

  24. muffler says:

    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court. – We have a few witnesses.

  25. muffler says:

    In the motto of “E Pluribus Unum” we always let internal politics fight it out, but if anyone from outside tried to interfere we would join up and defend our country. I guess Trump sees otherwise as it suits his end game. A salesman pandering to the GOP and America with slogans about America for Americans, but in truth its Trump for Trump. If Russia can help him come on in. I wonder if he isn’t hoping for a terrorist attack by ISIS too.

  26. Badgerite says:

    This guy is a nightmare. Can they really hate the rest of the country so much that they would be willing to inflict this guy on it?

  27. LoveCoates says:

    The treasonous Agent Orange Trump is asking Russia to meddle in an American election by conducting espionage, plainly working for Putin to undermine the West, as if it wasn’t obvious when Psycho Donald pledged to sell out NATO/Europe to Russia. His taxes would show his ties to Russian oligarchs and Russian mobsters and prove he’s on Putin’s payroll. That’s why Agent Orange won’t release them. Don’t expect either of his fellow Putin-whisperers — Snowden and Wikileaks — to be hacking the IRS to get a hold of those tax returns.

    Agent Orange’s dark, disturbing vision of America as a divided, bigoted land with danger lurking around every corner is right out of Putin’s playbook.

  28. Phil in FLL says:

    Even if Paul Ryan does nothing more than issue a statement, I’m hoping for a snowball effect among Republicans. Presidential elections can have narrow victories or landslides, and disenchanted Republican voters may make the difference between the two. If a substantial amount of Republican voters take their cue from Republican senators and congressmen, it could be a landslide defeat for Trump.

  29. Badgerite says:

    Not according to their nominee. Other than a ‘statement’, what do they propose to do about this?

  30. Phil in FLL says:

    Paul Ryan (finally!) grows some balls, and hopefully other registered Republicans will follow suit. Brendan Buck, Paul Ryan’s spokesman, issued this statement: “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”

  31. Dave Halliburton says:

    False premise that the emails on the server were classified. After exhaustive inquiry, all indications are that the server was a mix of personal and non-classified work emails. Classified information was handled through the State Dept. email system.

  32. Badgerite says:

    The GOP, Ladies and Gentlemen. Defenders of the Flag? Or the Orange Bozo?

  33. Badgerite says:

    Well, it sort of depends who the “hey guys” are. If that would be, oh, the mob, yeah that would probably be an accurate headline.
    In this case, that is pretty close. Putin and the FSB? That is pretty mobbed up.

  34. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Did you just have a brain cramp?

  35. Badgerite says:

    He sure is getting damned close with this statement. He makes Karl Rove, the Turd Blossom, smell pretty. Does it even occur to this Bloob of a human being that nothing coming from the same source will be considered credible now? We know Putin and the FSB are involved.
    Nothing coming from them can be trusted whatever phony shit they cook up/. It will be found out.

  36. F Harper says:

    “Hey, guys. Has anyone seen that paperwork that Molly was supposed to bring me?”

    Headline: Man urges fellow employees to murder secretary to obtain confidential documents.

  37. Charles Carey says:

    Does this mean that Demagogue Don the Con and Edward Snowden are pals? If so, the Snowden should be allowed to come home– he could run for public office.

  38. Charles Carey says:

    Putin’s Poodle

  39. dcinsider says:

    the crime of betraying one’s country, especially by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.
    “they were convicted of treason”
    synonyms: treachery, disloyalty, betrayal, faithlessness;

    I don’t know that he’s advocating for the overthrow of the government except that his campaign, if successful, will result in the overthrow of the government.

  40. HOW is this not considered treason?

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