GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to have a bromance going on with Vladimir Putin. Aside from the praise Donald has lavished on the Russian dictator, the bombastic billionaire candidate may have violated U.S. law by asking Russia to hack Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails. That said, two Senate Democrats are calling on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to investigate the matter.
After the Democratic National Committee’s emails were hacked, reportedly by Russians, Donald held a press conference and boldly said, “Russia, if you are listening. I hope you are able to find the 30K emails that are missing. You will be rewarded mightily by the press.”
The Dallas Morning News reports:
In a letter released today, Senate Judiciary Committee members Chris Coons of Delaware and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island blasted Trump’s statements as “dangerous and irresponsible.” They want Cruz, a Trump rival and chairman of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, to hold a hearing to determine whether Trump’s request for “foreign entities to conduct cyberattacks on political opponents” broke existing laws.
“Mr. Trump’s encouragement of a Russian cyber incursion of a U.S. presidential candidate represents an unprecedented call for a foreign government to spy on a U.S. citizen and interfere with a U.S. election,” they wrote.
Trump’s comments, they said, potentially threaten the country’s interests and violate a host of laws, including the Logan and Espionage Act. What’s more, “Mr. Trump has invited foreign interference with the presidential election, which we believe should be carefully guarded against under U.S. law.”
Chris Coons is the ranking member on the Judiciary Oversight subcommittee, and Sheldon Whitehouse is a former Rhode Island attorney general.
Trump literally reached out to Russia to interfere with our election process.
Others have weighed in, too.
As the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack said, Trump could have violated the Logan Act which prohibits Americans from “siding with the enemy.”
“That’s a no-no. You can’t do that. That’s not legal, that’s not right. Yesterday, Donald Trump sided with Russia and not with us.”
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) also believes Trump violated the Logan Act. The Missouri senator said,
“The notion he would invite a foreign nation to conduct an attack against our country, it’s just beyond the pale. And I believe it violates the Logan Act and he should be investigated for that.”
Even though Trump said he was being “sarcastic” when he encouraged Russia to hack classified emails from the private server that Clinton used as secretary of state, his ties to that country cannot be ignored.
Just days before Republicans adopted a new, more Russia-friendly plank into their party platform, one of Donald Trump’s top advisers visited Moscow in July to deliver speeches criticizing decades of U.S. foreign policy.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s top adviser, has deep ties to pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine.
In the eleventy hundred years since I was born, never has a candidate requested another presidential candidate’s emails be hacked by, of all people, Russian hackers.
There would be some poetic justice in Cruz launching an investigation into Trump’s call for classified emails to be hacked. The problem is, will Cruz be able to put his big boy pants on and take this issue seriously.
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