Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Donald Trump is encouraging a cyberattack by the Russian government akin to the Watergate break-in.
Speaking on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday, the Democratic vice presidential nominee compared the cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee – which was widely linked to Russian government hackers – to the scandal that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
“He has openly encouraged Russia to engage in cyber hacking to try to find more emails or materials, and we know that this cyberattack on the DNC was likely done by Russia,” Kaine said. “A president was impeached and had to resign over an attack on the DNC during a presidential election in 1972.”
In 1972, burglars broke into the DNC headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington at the behest of Nixon’s reelection campaign. Nixon resigned two years later.
Kaine’s comments came as he was pressed by host Martha Raddatz on the information contained in newly released notes from Hillary Clinton’s FBI interview about her use of a private email server while at the State Department.
Kaine reiterated that Clinton has apologized for using a private email account rather than one issued by the department. But he insisted that the documents show “clearly” why the FBI chose not to pursue criminal charges.
“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 resignation of a president 30 years ago,” Kaine said.
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