Gingrich: Trump joking about Russia, Clinton emails

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Trump earlier Wednesday said he hopes Russian hackers accused of breaching the Democratic National Committee (DNC) also got Clinton’s deleted emails.

“If they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails,” he said during a press conference at his Miami-area hotel. "I hope they do.

“They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted,” the GOP’s presidential nominee added. "You’d see some beauties, so we’ll see.

“Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 33,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be mightily rewarded by the press.”

Trump later  tweeted that if anyone possesses Clinton’s deleted emails, they should let the FBI look at them.

Clinton’s presidential campaign on Wednesday said the GOP presidential nominee's comments were “a bridge too far” in politics.

“This has to be the first time that a major political candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent,” senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement.

Clinton last year gave the State Department about 30,000 emails from the personal server she used during her tenure as secretary.

Clinton, whom Democrats nominated for the presidency late Tuesday, said in March she erased another 30,000 messages containing personal communications.