Trump warns of ‘con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis’ if Clin­ton elected

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WASH­ING­TON — Don­ald Trump warned yes­ter­day that the United States would be plunged into a “con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis” should Hil­lary Clin­ton win next week’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“Hil­lary is likely to be un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for a very long time,” the Repub­li­can told sup­port­ers in Grand Rapids, Michi­gan, as he seized on rev­e­la­tions that the FBI was study­ing newly-dis­cov­ered emails that may shed light on Clin­ton’s use of pri­vate email as sec­re­tary of state. “She’s un­fit and un­qual­i­fied to be the pres­i­dent of the United States,” Trump said.

“Her elec­tion would mire our govern­ment and our coun­try in a con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis that we can­not af­ford.”

Trump (70) said he be­lieved that if Clin­ton were elected, the Amer­i­can peo­ple would be sub­jected to the un­prece­dented sce­nario of a com­man­der in chief fac­ing crim­i­nal charges.

“We would have a crim­i­nal trial for a sit­ting pres­i­dent,” Trump said.

The Repub­li­can’s at­tacks have grown more stri­dent since FBI di­rec­tor James Comey dropped a bomb­shell by an­nounc­ing that the bureau will study thou­sands of newly dis­cov­ered emails, re­port­edly after agents seized a lap­top used by Clin­ton’s close aide, Huma Abe­din, and her now es­tranged hus­band An­thony Weiner.

With Comey un­der with­er­ing fire from Democrats for mak­ing the an­nounce­ment so close to Elec­tion Day, Trump em­braced him for hav­ing “guts” to move as he did.

“I re­ally dis­agreed with him, I was not his fan,” said Trump, who had fiercely crit­i­cised Comey for de­cid­ing back in July not to rec­om­mend pros­e­cu­tion against Clin­ton for her pri­vate email use.

“What he did (with his lat­est an­nounce­ment), he brought back his rep­u­ta­tion,” Trump said.

The FBI’s re­newed fo­cus re­port­edly stems from a probe of Weiner, a dis­graced for­mer con­gress­man who is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion over al­le­ga­tions he sent sex­ual over­tures to a 15-yearold girl. “Thank you Huma. Good job Huma. Thank you An­thony Weiner,” Trump sneered, to a roar and ap­plause by the rowdy crowd.

Mean­while, the White House opted for cau­tion in re­act­ing to Comey, with spokesper­son Josh Earnest say­ing he would “nei­ther de­fend nor crit­i­cise” the FBI di­rec­tor.

Earnest de­scribed him as a “man of in­tegrity” but also pointed to norms that “limit pub­lic dis­cus­sion of facts that are col­lected in the con­text” of on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Trump’s sup­port­ers may hope that the FBI rev­e­la­tion about the Clin­ton email in­ves­ti­ga­tion might give the Repub­li­can’s cam­paign a boost. But it’s al­ready too late for Trump to win over around a fifth of Amer­i­can vot­ers, in­clud­ing many of the most cov­eted ones: those in bat­tle­ground states.

Tens of mil­lions of vot­ers had al­ready cast bal­lots be­fore news broke on Fri­day that the FBI was ex­am­in­ing newly dis­cov­ered emails that might be per­ti­nent to the dor­mant in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email server.

In crit­i­cal states such as Florida, Ne­vada and Colorado, one-third or more of the ex­pected bal­lots have al­ready been cast. The break­down of those vot­ers by party af­fil­i­a­tion, race and other fac­tors points to an ad­van­tage for Clin­ton. That will make it more dif­fi­cult for Trump to cap­i­talise on the FBI news.

Over­all, early vot­ing — by mail and at polling sta­tions — is un­der­way in 37 states.

At least 24.6 mil­lion votes have been cast, far higher than the rate in 2012, ac­cord­ing to AP data. That rep­re­sents nearly 20 per­cent of the to­tal votes ex­pected na­tion­wide, if turnout is sim­i­lar to 2012. In all, more than 46 mil­lion peo­ple — or as much as 40 per­cent of the elec­torate — are ex­pected to vote be­fore Elec­tion Day, Novem­ber 8. — AFP

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