During the second Presidential debate that was held Sunday night, Donald Trump made the bold claim that if he wins the Presidency, he would seek to imprison Hillary Clinton for the lies she has told and the actions she has taken to cover up her controversial use of a private email server.
“If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,” Trump said. “There has never been so many lies, so much deception, there has never been anything like it.”
“I go out and speak,” Trump continued, “the people of this country are furious.”
“In my opinion, the people that have been long term workers at the FBI are furious,” Trump said. “There has never been anything like this.”
“You get a subpoena, and after getting the subpoena you delete 33,000 emails,” Trump continued. “And then you acid wash them, or “bleach them” as you would say.”
The “bleach” process claimed by Trump was referring to the application Hillary Clinton used to destroy the remaining emails on her server. As revealed back in August, Clinton’s team used an application called “Bleachbit” which is a free open source program which can be used to completely rid hard drives of any shred of data.
NBC News took the opportunity to “fact check” Trump’s “acid wash” claim:
“We’re going to get a special prosecutor because people have been, their lives have been destroyed for doing one fifth of what you’ve done,” Trump continued, “And it’s a disgrace and honestly, you ought to be ashamed.”
Clinton responded by saying it’s “awfully good” that “someone with the temperament of Donald Trump” is not in charge of the law in our country, to which Trump quipped under his breath and into the microphone, “Because you’d be in jail.” His rebuttal gained a loud applause, forcing moderator Anderson Cooper from CNN to ask the audience to not applaud because they’re “just wasting time.”
Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary under Bush 43, responded to Trump’s threat on Twitter. Fleischer is among the 50+ former Bush Administration Alums that have come out in support of Donald Trump.
Former Attorney General under Obama, Eric Holder, also came out to blast Trump for his statement, calling him “dangerous’ and “unfit” for the Presidency.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, also spoke out about Trump’s remark during MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” talk show on Monday.
“That was a quip,” Conway said. “And I saw in NBC’s own reporting, it was referred to as a ‘quip,’ so I’ll go with NBC on it.”