GOP nominee Donald Trump declared Sunday that Hillary Clinton is being ‘protected by a rigged system’ as it was announced by FBI Director James Comey that the bureau is discontinuing its investigation into her home email server for a second time.
“Right now she is being protected by a rigged system. It’s a totally rigged system,” Trump said Sunday evening during a rally in Sterling Heights, Mich.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 7, 2016
“You can’t review 650,000 emails in eight days. You can’t do it folks,” Trump exclaimed, referring to the sheer volume of material that was reportedly recovered from a computer belonging to the disgraced Anthony Weiner, who was in a relationship with top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
As Trump iterated his disgust at the fact that the FBI was suspending its investigation again, the raucous crowd chanted “lock her up”.
“It’s unbelievable, unbelievable, what she gets away with.” Trump said, adding that he believes “the investigations into her crimes will go on for a long time, likely concluding in a criminal trial”.
Trump urged that the “rank and file special agents at the FBI won’t let her get away with her terrible crimes.”
“Hillary Clinton is guilty. She knows it, the FBI knows it, the people know it,” he said. “And now it is up to the American people to deliver justice at the ballot box on November 8.” Trump told supporters.
“Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person ever to seek the office of the presidency of the United States,” he added.
“We don’t want it taken away from us,” Trump later said of the election. “We don’t want it taken away.”
Trump surrogates also questioned how thoroughly the FBI was able to review the material and conclude that no further action was needed in the case:
There R 691,200 seconds in 8 days. DIR Comey has thoroughly reviewed 650,000 emails in 8 days? An email / second? IMPOSSIBLE RT
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) November 6, 2016
Trump’s Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway appeared on the ‘Today’ show Monday morning, and described the email investigation as a ‘hot mess’.
In a further appearance on Morning Joe,Conway said “the fact is, serious point, we already know what Hillary Clinton would do with classified information.”
“We already know that she’s unfit and unqualified,” Conway added.