During an appearance on ABC on Sunday, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine compared Donald Trump’s request to Russian hackers to break into Hillary’s email server to WATERGATE — the scandal that forced Republican President Richard Nixon to resign.
“He has openly encouraged Russia to engage in cyber-hacking to try to find more emails or materials, and we know that this cyber attack on the DNC was likely done by Russia,” Kaine told George Stephanopoulos.
Intelligence officials have indicated that a July hack of the Democratic National Committee’s servers was the work of the Russian government. Trump responded to the email release with the suggestion that “the Russians should look for additional emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server from her time at the State Department.”
“A president was impeached and had to resign over an attack on the DNC during a presidential election in 1972,” Kaine said.
He added: “This is serious business. So contrast the Hillary situation, where the FBI said there’s no need for legal proceedings, with an attack that is being encouraged by Donald Trump on the DNC by Russia similar to what led to the resignation of a president 30 years ago.”
Trump’s connection with Russian president Vladimir Putin has raised serious concerns among likely voters.