Charles Krauthammer said that Donald Trump’s call for Russia to help “find” Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails “set a trap that the Clinton campaign fell right into” on Wednesday.
Appearing on Fox News’s “Special Report,” host Bret Baier said that the “focus” stemming from Trump’s press conference from earlier in the day was what he said about Russia. The Fox host added that Trump “is right to point out that Hillary Clinton has not had a press conference. She answered seven questions back in December of 2015.”(RELATED: Trump Hits Hillary For Lack Of Press Conferences: 235 Days And Counting [VIDEO])
At a press conference in Florida earlier in the day, Trump called on Russia to “find the 30,000 emails that are missing” from Clinton’s private email server.(RELATED: Trump: I Hope Russia Is Able To ‘Find’ Hillary’s 30,000 Deleted Emails [VIDEO])
Commenting on both Trump’s criticism of Clinton’s press availability , as well as his Russia comment, Krauthammer said, “Well, that was his parting shot, and it was a clever thing to plant, because it is an issue. But I do think there was something about his reference to Russia which, whether planned or not, is extremely clever. I’m not the first point out that it set a trap that the Clinton campaign fell right into.” (RELATED: Limbaugh: Trump ‘Hijacked The Democrat Convention’ With Press Conference)
“In that statement that you showed from the Clinton campaign, it said, you know, you’re inviting a foreign power to invade our national security. Now, these are the e-mails that [Clinton] deleted because they were supposedly private. These there ones that were supposedly not work related. These there ones where she discusses her yoga lessons and wedding planning. So if that’s what really is in the 30,000 deleted e-mails, then there’s no national security to be involved at all.”
“So the Clinton campaign ends up admitting that perhaps there really is work related, if not classified stuff, on the e-mails which she deleted, which I think would be the grounds for a charge of obstruction,” Krauthammer insisted.
Later Krauthammer said, “Whether or not [Trump] made [the Russia comments] seriously or not, could have been sarcastic or sort of half sarcastic as a way to plant the idea. The fact is that it leaves the Clinton campaign in a complete contradiction. If these are just private e-mails, then there is nothing to be concerned about. There’s no espionage. There is no danger to national security. I mean, they will discover her yoga lesson schedule.”