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Clinton video questions Trump’s ties to Putin

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A new video from Hillary Clinton’s campaign questions Donald Trump’s connections to Russian leader Vladimir Putin and suggests the Kremlin may be trying to influence the U.S. presidential election. 

{mosads}Last week, Trump shocked leaders on both sides of the aisle when he called on Russia to find the emails Clinton deleted from the personal email server she used while secretary of State.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said a press conference last week, footage of which appears in the Clinton video. 

The video also hits Trump for complimenting the Russian president. 

It displays the text “We don’t know why Trump praises Putin” before playing a video clip of the Republican presidential nominee saying Putin has been a “very strong leader.”

The video also questions Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort’s ties to Putin, referencing his work with a former pro-Putin prime minister in the Ukraine.

“We don’t know why Russia is trying to influence this election,” the text continues ahead of video clips tying Russia to leaked emails from Democratic National Committee leaders. 

“We don’t know what’s going on here, and Donald won’t tell us,” the text concludes. “We’ll let you guess.” 

Trump has since denied having any connections to Putin or Russia despite saying in the past he has a relationship with the Russian leader. 

Also Friday, former acting director of the CIA Michael Morell called Trump an “unwitting agent” of the Kremlin in a New York Times op-ed in which he also endorsed Clinton for the White House.

“Mr. Putin played upon Mr. Trump’s vulnerabilities by complimenting him. He responded just as Mr. Putin had calculated,” Morell wrote.

He added, “Mr. Trump has also taken policy positions consistent with Russian, not American, interests — endorsing Russian espionage against the United States, supporting Russia’s annexation of Crimea and giving a green light to a possible Russian invasion of the Baltic States.”

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