Donald J. Trump the Republican candidate for president appeared to encourage a foreign power to hack his political opponent and release the information to the public during a press conference in Doral, Florida.
It comes on the heels of accusations that a a previous hack and release emails that were unflattering to Democrats and their candidates Hillary Clinton was engineered by Russia.
"By the way, if they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do," Trump said. "They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted."
He then went on to offer this encouragement.
“Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,' he said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Clinton's campaign has released a statement about the matter.
"This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. That's not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."
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