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Newt Gingrich says Donald Trump was joking about Hillary Clinton’s e-mails

Donald Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence.
Donald Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence.

Shortly after Donald Trump called for Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing e-mails, former House speaker Newt Gingrich said the Republican nominee’s comments were a joke and criticized the media focus on those remarks:

The Clinton campaign responded to Trump’s comments, saying the matter “has gone . . . to being a national security issue.”

Trump’s own running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, also differed with the real estate mogul, calling for “serious consequences” if Russia is found to be interfering with the US electoral process.

Trump’s press conference came days after leaked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee appeared to show the party’s preference for Clinton over onetime rival Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The scandal led to the ouster of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida as the party’s chair.

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Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.