In the closing days of the campaign, Donald Trump is zeroing in on what he claims is Hillary Clinton’s criminality, seizing on news reports, including an erroneous one, to predict that Clinton will be indicted and to assert specific crimes she has committed.
At a campaign rally in Atkinson, New Hampshire on Friday, Trump spoke at length about a now-corrected Fox News reports that Hillary Clinton was “likely” to face an indictment as the result of newly discovered emails possibly related to the investigation of her personal email server.
“The FBI agents say their investigation is likely to yield an indictment,” Trump said, “However, the report also showed that the political leadership at the Department of Justice is trying as hard as it can to protect their angel, Hillary Clinton.”
“She’s likely to be under investigation for a long time, concluding with a criminal trial. Unprecedented,” he said later.
Trump appeared to be referring to a Wednesday night report from Fox News’ Brett Baier, who said that FBI sources told him the investigation “will continue to likely an indictment.”
On Friday morning, though, Baier corrected that report and apologized, saying that the claims that an indictment was “likely” were a “mistake.”
Trump also citied a CBS report published Thursday night which claimed some newly discovered emails are not duplicates of emails found on Clinton’s private server.
“She said she gave them all in, right?” he asked. “Well, when we saw 650,000 we figured, I guess there has to be some surprises.”
“Hillary Clinton lied to Congress under oath. She didn’t send classified information on her illegal server, she said, meaning she may now face major problems for perjury,” Trump riffed after referencing the report.
That same report, though, said that “it remains to be seen” if the emails were significant to the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s private email server.