GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Thursday, July 21, 2016. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)"The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC
The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
How much BAD JUDGEMENT was on display by the people in DNC in writing those really dumb e-mails, using even religion, against Bernie!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
Clinton's campaign stood firmly behind their claims of Russian involvement Monday. "There is a consensus among experts that it is indeed Russia that is behind this hack of the DNC," Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN. It is not clear whether the WikiLeaks breach is linked to an earlier incident in June. CrowdStrike Inc., a cybersecurity firm, said last month that the DNC asked it to investigate a suspected breach of its systems that began as early as last summer. CrowdStrike said it quickly found traces of two of the best adversaries in the hacking arena, both tied to the Russian government. On Sunday, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said that it was "concerning last week that Donald Trump changed the Republican platform to become what some experts would regard as pro-Russian."
Hillary was involved in the e-mail scandal because she is the only one with judgement so bad that such a thing could have happened!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
'Pretty desperate'Trump's senior policy adviser Paul Manafort called statements by the Clinton campaign "pretty desperate." "It's a far reach, obviously," Manafort told reporters. "To lead their convention with that tells me they really are trying to move away from what the issues are going to be in this campaign. It's pretty absurd." Trump told the New York Times last week that he would decide whether to protect America's NATO allies against Russian aggression based on whether those countries "have fulfilled their obligations to us," hinting that he might pivot away from the decades-old agreement. Associated Press writers Sam Hananel and Joan Lowey contributed to this report from Washington.
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