Trump seizes on emails to blast Clin­tons

Mogul also at­tacks ri­val’s stance on Putin

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 -

TOLEDO, Ohio — Trail­ing in most polls with time run­ning out, Don­ald Trump de­nounced Hil­lary and Bill Clin­ton on Thurs­day as crea­tures of a cor­rupt po­lit­i­cal sys­tem who would use an­other pass at the Oval Of­fice to en­rich them­selves at the ex­pense of Amer­i­can fam­i­lies as he sought to build on his cam­paign’s reed-thin lead in Ohio dur­ing three cam­paign stops.

Trump seized on newly pub­lic emails in which long­time Bill Clin­ton aide Doug Band de­scribes over­lap­ping re­la­tion­ships of the Clin­tons’ global phi­lan­thropy and the fam­ily’s pri­vate en­rich­ment.

The emails were among thou­sands stolen from the pri­vate ac­count of a top Clin­ton aide, part of a hack­ing the Demo­cratic cam­paign has blamed on the Rus­sians.

“Mr. Band called the ar­range­ment ‘un­ortho­dox.’ The rest of us call it out­right cor­rupt,” Trump de­clared dur­ing a rally in Spring­field. “If the Clin­tons were will­ing to play this fast and loose with their en­ter­prise when they weren’t in the White House, just imag­ine what they’ll do in the Oval Of­fice.”

Trump once again at­tacked the stamina of Hil­lary Clin­ton and said that he would re­open fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions into her use of a pri­vate email server when she was sec­re­tary of state.

“I watched after the last de­bate and after the sec­ond de­bate. She was tired, wow. She walked off that stage, of course she had a lot of peo­ple around; they had a lot of peo­ple around her, which was smart,” Trump said.

No ev­i­dence has emerged that Clin­ton was Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump greets back­ers Thurs­day in Toledo, Ohio. suf­fer­ing phys­i­cally dur­ing or after the de­bates.

An As­so­ci­ated Press-GfK poll re­leased Wed­nes­day found Clin­ton on the cusp of a po­ten­tially com­mand­ing vic­tory, fu­eled by solid Demo­cratic turnout in early vot­ing, mas­sive op­er­a­tional ad­van­tages and in­creas­ing en­thu­si­asm among her sup­port­ers. The sur­vey shows her lead­ing Trump na­tion­ally by 14 per­cent­age points among likely vot­ers, 51-37. That mar­gin is the largest na­tional lead for Clin­ton among re­cent sur­veys.

An­other trou­ble­some sign for Trump: The Repub­li­cans’ con­gres­sional cam­paign com­mit­tee has re­leased a new TV ad that praises a GOP House mem­ber who has said Trump has “dis­qual­i­fied him­self” to be pres­i­dent. The ad for Rep. Robert Dold of Illi­nois calls him an “in­de­pen­dent voice” who has “stood up” to Trump, the first time the com­mit­tee, which is de­voted to elect­ing Repub­li­cans to the House, has used a mes­sage openly crit­i­cal of the party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

Still, the hacked emails and re­cent news of an Oba­macare pre­mium hike have ap­peared to hand Trump a pair of po­tent gifts in the cam­paign’s fi­nal fort­night. The Repub­li­can charged Thurs­day that the rate hikes were “mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble for par­ents to pay their bills and sup­port their fam­i­lies.”

But to the frus­tra­tion of many in his party, Trump has strug­gled to stay on mes­sage. While cam­paign­ing in Ohio, he crit­i­cized Clin­ton for be­ing too tough on Vladimir Putin, an­other sur­pris­ingly fa­vor­able com­ment from Trump about the Rus­sian leader.

“She speaks very badly of Putin, and I don’t think that’s smart,” he said.

Trump has been re­peat­edly crit­i­cized, by Repub­li­cans as well as Democrats, for fail­ing to de­nounce Putin. He’s also re­fused to say whether he be­lieves Rus­sia is be­hind the hack­ing of Demo­cratic groups, al­though in­tel­li­gence agen­cies have pinned the blame on Moscow.

Ear­lier Thurs­day, he also re­peated his in­sis­tence that Capt. Hu­mayun Khan, a Mus­lim-Amer­i­can sol­dier

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