MSNBC's Katy Tur denies Trump was joking when telling Russia to get Clinton's emails

MSNBC host Katy Tur on Monday called out President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE for claiming he was joking at a campaign rally when he told Russia to find Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters MORE's emails. 

"He didn’t say that at a rally. He said that at a news conference in front of a bunch of reporters in the middle of the Democratic National Convention after [Democratic National Committee] DNC emails were already being leaked," Tur said on her MSNBC program just days after Trump made the comments at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). 

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Trump suggested in a two-hour long speech at CPAC that he was being "sarcastic" when he asked the Kremlin to find "30,000 emails that are missing" during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

“I’ve learned — because with the fake news, if you tell a joke, if you’re sarcastic, if you’re having fun with the audience,” he said. “If you say something like ‘Russia, please if you can, get us Hillary Clinton’s emails, please, Russia, please, please get us the emails.'” 

Tur pointed out that Trump made the remarks at a July 2016 news conference and that he appeared to make it clear at the time that he wasn't joking. Tur showed footage from the conference in which the MSNBC host pressed Trump about his comments.

"You said the Russians, I welcome them to find those 30,000 emails. Does that not give you pause?" Tur asked at the time. 

"Nope, it gives me no pause," Trump said. 

“Gave him no pause," Tur said on her show Monday. "The president’s trying to say it’s a big joke. I was there in the moment. He wasn’t joking. I gave him an out. He did not take that out, as a joke.”

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE is currently investigating Russia's election interference and whether Moscow colluded with Trump's 2016 campaign.

According to an indictment from Mueller, Russian operatives made their first attempt to hack Clinton's servers the same day Trump called on them to find her deleted emails.