Donald Trump said Tuesday that recently released FBI documents proved that Hillary Clinton “fails to meet the minimum standard for running for public office,” as both presidential candidates tried to appeal to military and retired voters in Southern swing states.
At a rally in Greenville, N.C., Trump said Clinton’s use of a private email server for her correspondence while secretary of state was “disqualifying,” a pointed escalation of his case against the Democratic nominee.
“It’s clear from the FBI report that Hillary Clinton lied about her handling of confidential information,” said Trump, who added, “This is like Watergate, only it’s worse.”
Late last week, the FBI published scores of pages summarizing interviews with Clinton and her top aides from the recently closed criminal investigation into her use of a private email server in the basement of her New York home.
The summaries revealed that the FBI identified 13 mobile devices associated with Clinton’s two phone numbers, but the Justice Department was unable to obtain any of them. On another occasion, an aide to former President Bill Clinton recalled “two instances where he destroyed Clinton’s old mobile phones by breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer.”