Donald Trump said it would be a “miracle” if Hillary Clinton is able to continue her run for president in the wake of the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server to conduct official business as Secretary of State — but if she does, he’ll beat her.
“I think [Clinton] may not be able to run, to be honest, because this whole email thing is a horrible thing,” he said in an interview conducted by NBC’s Chuck Todd.
Trump likened her situation to that of General David Petraeus, who resigned as director of the CIA after his affair with his biographer was uncovered, and later accused to have shared classified materials with her. The controversy surrounding Clinton’s email use intensified this month as reports revealed the FBI was investigating the security of her private server.
“General Petraeus, his life has been destroyed. And he did 5% of what she did,” Trump said. “So assuming she’s able to run — which would be absolutely, to me, a miracle at this point — I will beat her.”
The GOP frontrunner offered that as evidence he hadn’t conspired with the Clintons, as some skeptics believe, to enter the race to undermine the GOP’s chances of taking back the White House. Trump said he had made up his mind to run before Bill Clinton phoned him and encouraged him “to play a larger role in the Republican Party,” according to the Washington Post.
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