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Email scandal disqualifies Hillary Clinton from seeking presidency, says Donald Trump


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Washington: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is not qualified to seek the highest office in the US in the wake of new documents released by FBI in email corruption scandal, her rival Donald Trump has said.

"The new revelations about Hillary Clinton from the just-released FBI documents make more clear than ever that she fails to meet the minimum standard for running for public office. If she applied for a low-level job at the State Department today she couldn't even get a security clearance," Trump said at an election rally in North Carolina.

"Her conduct is disqualifying," Trump said as he listed out his allegations against Clinton in the wake of the FBI report.

File photo of Donald Trump. AP

File photo of Donald Trump. AP

Emboldened by the latest poll, which indicates that he has eliminated the popularity gap with the former Secretary of State, Trump said it is clear from the FBI report that Clinton lied about her handling of confidential information.

She repeatedly told the country that she understood the classified system, then she told the FBI she didn't understand that the letter "C" meant confidential in the documents she emailed, he said.

"On 39 separate occasions she said she couldn't recall details about her mishandling of classified information, and she couldn't even name one step she took to make sure foreign hackers couldn't get into her server. Keep in mind, that her insecure emails included emails about the drone programme," Trump said.

"It's also clear from the FBI report that Hillary Clinton and her top aides knowingly destroyed evidence and covered-up their actions. After her private server was revealed last March, her staff deleted all the emails and wiped it clean using a software designed to prevent any recovery, called BleachBit," he said.

"People who have nothing to hide don't smash phones with hammers. People who have nothing to hide don’t bleach their emails, or destroy evidence to keep it from being publicly archived as required under federal law," he said.

The billionaire from New York alleged that Clinton failed to turn over thousands of documents, then tried to shield her criminal conduct by having her chief-of-staff declare herself to be Hillary Clinton's private attorney.

"Hillary and her top aides told the FBI and others in related lawsuits that they couldn't recall or remember key facts hundreds of different times — and that's in addition to the guy who set up the server pleading the 5. No one takes all the risks Hillary Clinton took unless they are trying to cover up massive crimes," he said.

"Hillary Clinton was using the State Department to dole out special favours and access to her friends and donors. It's called pay-for-play. One example of pay-for-play is what the Clinton’s did in Haiti. But while Haiti has suffered, the Clintons and their pals have cashed in," he said.

First Published On : Sep 7, 2016 13:58 IST

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