Donald Trump said Tuesday that U.S. “adversaries almost certainly have a blackmail file on Hillary Clinton” following the FBI’s decision to not recommend charges against the former secretary of state for her use of a private email server.
FBI Director James Comey, who said Hillary Clinton’s practice was “extremely careless,” suggested it is “possible” the presumptive Democratic nominee’s personal email was accessed by “hostile actors.”
“The FBI Director laid out today a detailed case of how Hillary Clinton compromised the safety of the American people by storing highly classified information on a private email server with no security,” Trump said in a statement. “He confirmed that her email could easily have been hacked by hostile actors, and confirmed that those she emailed with were hacked.”
Trump went on to say that, “because of our rigged system that holds the American people to one standard and people like Hillary Clinton to another,” it is unlikely she will face the criminal charges “she deserves.”
“The final jury will be the American people, and they will issue the verdict on her corruption, incompetence, and bad judgment on November 8th,” he remarked.
The billionaire businessman also slammed former President Bill Clinton for his controversial impromptu meeting with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch last week and the fact that Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
“Bill Clinton didn’t accidentally run into the Attorney General on the airport tarmac last week in Phoenix,” Trump said. “Hillary Clinton didn’t accidentally sneak into the FBI during one of the country’s biggest holiday weekends to testify on her illegal activities, something that wouldn’t be afforded to others under investigation (and on a Saturday of all days).”
“It was no accident that charges were not recommended against Hillary the exact same day as President Obama campaigns with her for the first time,” he added.
Trump also sid Comey “revealed” that Hillary Clinton “lied” when she claimed “she did not send classified information.” The New York real estate developer noted that fact that the FBI director “confirmed that over 100 emails were deemed classified at the time they were sent, including emails classified as top secret.”
“Folks – the system is rigged,” he continued. “The normal punishment, in this case, would include losing authority to handle classified information, and that too disqualifies Hillary Clinton from being President.”
Earlier Tuesday, Trump — and other Republican leaders — took to Twitter to criticize the FBI’s decision.
Lynch has insisted her 30-minute meeting with the former commander in chief was purely social and that the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email was not discussed. The attorney general is expected to accept Comey’s recommendation.
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