Trump to Russia: Dig up Clinton's e-mail

Trump on Wednesday said he wished Russian hackers would find tens of thousands of emails deleted from Clinton's server.

"But you have 33,000 (Clinton) emails deleted, and the real problem is what was said on those emails from the Democratic National Committee", he said, referring to hacked emails released last weekend by WikiLeaks. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press".

Some Democratic officials are claiming that the timing of the release of the documents, just before the Democratic convention convened this week to acclaim Clinton's nomination, suggests that Russian President Vladimir Putin favors Trump in November's US national election to pick Obama's successor.

At the convention, Leon Panetta, former CIA director and defense secretary, said Trump is “asking a USA adversary to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States of America to affect an election.”.

Trump, when pressed on his comments that he might recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea, said, "I'm gonna take a look at it. But you know, the people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russian Federation than where they were".

Putin's spokesman in Moscow did not directly deny Russian involvement in the hack but said Putin has pledged not to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, especially elections.

Obama said he was basing his assessment on Trump's own comments and the fact that Trump has "gotten pretty favorable coverage back in Russian Federation".

NBC reports that its source says the meeting never happened because of schedule changes, though Putin sent a gift to Trump in NY. I said something good about him when (broadcaster) Larry King was on.

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"I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that he's very interested in what we're doing here today", Trump told Roberts, when asked about his relationship with Putin. "Wouldn't it be nice if we actually got along with people?"

"We know perfectly well that candidates in the heat of a pre-election struggle say one thing, but that later, when under the weight of responsibility, their rhetoric becomes more balanced".

"I would hope that when the administration feels comfortable with the attribution, they would be blamed, they would be shamed, they would potentially be indicted", Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview.

It must be hard for mainstream Republicans to hold their noses while keeping their eyes and mouths taped shut amid the blast of blather emanating from their presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The official also emphasized that the briefings for Trump and Clinton "will be provided on an even-handed, non-partisan basis".

The Clinton campaign quickly denounced Trump, calling it the "first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against a political opponent".

For those who are baffled by recent developments in the West, Donald Trump's Russian Federation connections are a new addition to the story. "I don't know anything other than that he doesn't respect our country", he continued. He said he won't honor North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and might even break away from it as well as from the WTO - two pillars of Western order, one security and one economic. "And it's not a violation that the United States is prepared to tolerate".

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