Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pulled no punches with his latest campaign ad, pointing to the reopened FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton and calling his opponent “unfit to serve.”
“Decades of lies, cover-ups and scandal have finally caught up with Hillary Clinton,” the ad proclaims over an ominous ambiance.
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Trump’s ad emphasizes Clinton’s connection to disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, asking listeners how a candidate who cannot keep classified emails secure can possibly be trusted with secrets of an entire nation.
“Her emails were found on pervert Anthony Weiner’s laptop,” the ad says. “Think about that. America’s most sensitive secrets – unlawfully sent, received and exposed by Hillary Clinton, her staff and Anthony Weiner. Hillary cannot lead a nation while crippled by a criminal investigation.”
The ad comes at an advantageous time for Trump, who has not hesitated to seize the opportunity provided by Clinton’s recent rough stretch, wherein she’s seen her lead in polls dwindle and has been engulfed by the FBI’s announcement to reopen their investigation into her use of a private email server.
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Many Republicans have echoed the sentiments in Trump’s ad, saying that the timing of the FBI’s decision suggests the agency has serious evidence against Clinton.
“The FBI’s decision to reopen its investigation into Secretary Clinton reinforces what the House Judiciary Committee has been saying for months: the more we learn about Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the clearer it becomes that she and her associates committed wrongdoing and jeopardized national security,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement after the FBI made its announcement.
House Speaker Paul Ryan placed blame squarely on Clinton’s shoulders, saying the repercussions are fitting for her actions.
“Hillary Clinton has nobody but herself to blame,” Ryan said in a statement. “She was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information. This decision, long overdue, is the result of her reckless use of a private email server, and her refusal to be forthcoming with federal investigators.”
Trump has said that the reopened investigation is a chance for the FBI to right the “horrible mistake” committed with the decision to not prosecute Clinton, despite rapidly-mounting evidence. On Friday, Oct. 8, Trump seized on the FBI’s decision at a rally on Friday afternoon as he seeks to make up ground in the polls.
“Hillary Clinton’s corruption is on a scale we have never seen before,” Trump said over booming chants of “lock her up” in Manchester, N.H. “We must not let her take her criminal scheme into office. I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake they made.”
Recent revelations suggest that Clinton may be in more hot water than previously indicated. Two separate sources with intimate knowledge of the FBI investigations told Fox News that an indictment of Clinton is “very likely.”
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On Thursday, Fox News reported that authorities now believe there is about a 99 percent chance that up to five foreign intelligence agencies may have accessed and taken emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server.
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