Speaker Ryan to Russia: Stay out of election
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce MORE’s (R-Wis.) office issued a tough statement on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that warmed him to stay out of the U.S. presidential election.

“Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election," Ryan's spokesman Brendan Buck said in the statement.

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The strong language was notable following earlier comments from GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE in which he said he hoped Russia had stolen emails from the private server that Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Shontel Brown gaining ground against Nina Turner in Ohio: poll Biden hits trail for McAuliffe in test of his political brand MORE used during her time as secretary of State. Clinton deleted more than 30,000 messages that she said were personal before turning over the rest for government archiving.

“If they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails. I hope they do,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday at a press conference at his Miami-area hotel. “They probably have her 33,000 emails that she lost and deleted. You'd see some beauties, so we'll see.”

Russia is believed to be behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

On Friday, days before the Democratic National Convention began, emails released by Wikileaks showed DNC aides appearing to help Hillary Clinton and hurt rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE in the Democratic primary.

“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 said Wednesday.