Clinton campaign: Trump's Russia remarks 'a bridge too far'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Saagar Enjeti: Clinton remarks on Gabbard 'shows just how deep the rot in our system goes' MORE's campaign on Wednesday slammed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE for saying he hoped the Kremlin had Clinton's deleted emails, calling it “a bridge too far.”  

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told MSNBC that Trump "is now openly inviting Russia to engage in cyberattacks against the United States."

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Fallon said he agreed with Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE (R-Wis.), whose office issued a statement calling Russia "a global menace led by a devious thug" and saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin "should stay out of this election."

"We need to stand up Russia," Fallon said.

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

"That's not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue," Sullivan said.

Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, said during a news conference at his Miami-area hotel Wednesday that he hoped Russia had the 33,000 emails Clinton deleted from her time as secretary of State, which she described as personal. She turned over 30,000 work-related emails. 

"Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by the press," Trump added.

Trump has been pushing back against accusations that Russian actors were behind the theft and subsequent leak of damaging internal emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which has raised the specter of another nation trying to influence a U.S. election.

The emails taken from the DNC were published on the WikiLeaks website late last week, just before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. They showed top DNC officials privately disparaging Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren to protest with striking Chicago teachers Sanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Democratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' MORE during his race against Clinton for the Democratic presidential nod, renewing outcry among his supporters that the party acted unfairly. 

Clinton's campaign said Trump's comments Wednesday went beyond the pattern of Trump speaking warmly of Russia's leader.

"We have heard all kinds of admiring comments from Donald Trump about Vladimir Putin," Fallon said. "It's been quite strange for some time now."