Trump: Classification differentiates Clinton emails from WH leaks

Trump: Classification differentiates Clinton emails from WH leaks
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President Trump drew a distinction between leaks coming out of his administration and hacked documents published by WikiLeaks, saying that WikiLeaks didn't release classified information. 

The president repeatedly slammed the leaks coming out of his White House, including damaging reports about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's communication with Russia's ambassador about sanctions against that country during the transition. Those reports led to Flynn's resignation after he admitted to misleading Vice President Pence about those conversations. 
 
But when reporters brought up WikiLeaks's publication of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida The Hill's Campaign Report: Presidential polls tighten weeks out from Election Day More than 50 Latino faith leaders endorse Biden MORE's top aides, including campaign chairman John Podesta, he said the two issues are different. 
 
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"When WikiLeaks, which I had nothing to do with, comes out and happens to give, they are not giving classified information," Trump said. 
 
“In one case you are talking about highly classified information. In the other case, you’re talking about John Podesta saying bad things about the boss."
 
He went on to add that the Republican National Committee was not breached, unlike the DNC, because he suggested the party has stronger email security. 
 
The hacks on the DNC and Clinton aides did not include classified information. But WikiLeaks rose to prominence by publishing a trove of classified material stolen from the American government, which led to the conviction of Chelsea Manning, an Army private, who then went by Bradley Manning, under the Espionage Act. 
 
Those documents published by WikiLeaks included State Department cables and internal video taken by an American attack helicopter. 
 
Trump also asked Russia to hack Clinton's private email server to find the emails that she deleted, claiming that they were for personal use. Later in the campaign, he referred to her emails, which were kept on a private server, as "beyond classified.