Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump invited Russia to hack into U.S. email servers to look for Hillary Clinton's "missing" emails.
I shit you not.
The GOP White House hopeful asked Russia to literally engage in espionage or a cyber-attack in hopes it would help his campaign.
From Trump's press conference earlier today via NBC News:
"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump proposed from a podium at his Doral Resort. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."
Trump faced questions about if he endorses foreign governments meddling in America's election and domestic affairs, an allegation that he balked at despite issuing the above challenge just moments later. "What do I have to do with Putin?" Trump retorted when asked if he'd tell Putin to stay out of the election. "I'm not going to tell Putin what t do."
Trump called the idea that Russia was behind the hack and leak of Democratic National Committee emails a "total deflection" he did say he "hopes" the Russians have Clinton's emails if they are found responsible.
Trump has feigned outrage reporting a connection between his campaign and Russian intelligence operatives, tweeting last night, “Funny how the failing @nytimes is pushing Dems narrative that Russia is working for me because Putin said ‘Trump is a genius. America 1st!”
Cyber experts feel differently, according to CNN, "US officials have said the emails were hacked from DNC servers in an operation originating in Russia that appeared to be linked to Moscow’s intelligence agency."
The Trumpster has repeatedly praised Russian President Putin calling him a "strong leader" in the same breath that he criticized President Obama.
Trump followed up on his call for Russia to :
The Hillary Clinton campaign issued this statement: