The FBI said on Wednesday that there is no evidence Hillary Clinton‘s private email servers she had when serving as secretary of state were hacked by China.
Trump issued a tweet shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning:
“Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China,” he claimed. “Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!”
Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China. Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
According to NBC News, the FBI issued a short statement on the claim: “The FBI has not found any evidence the (Clinton) servers were compromised.”
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) August 29, 2018
Trump’s claims, which he provided no evidence for, appear to be based on a report from conservative blog the Daily Caller.
The report is based on two sources that told the Caller that a “Chinese-owned company operating in the Washington, D.C., area hacked Hillary Clinton’s private server throughout her term as secretary of state and obtained nearly all her emails.”
Naturally, that report bubbled up onto Fox News airwaves on Tuesday night. Tucker Carlson, The Daily Caller’s founder, held a segment on the story, which he cast as a far more important scandal than Russia’s “supposed” meddling in the 2016 election.
This wouldn’t be the first time in recent weeks Trump has tweeted something unfounded after watching Carlson’s show. After the Fox News host hosted a fact-challenged segment on South African land reform, Trump baselessly tweeted that a “large scale killing of farmers” was underway in the country. He even claimed he had directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to investigate.
Watch Carlson’s segment above, via Fox News.
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