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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