Trump was speaking during an interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, who donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation between 2012 and 2014 while working for the left-leaning network.
Stephanopoulos questioned Trump about the president’s recent comments about accepting intelligence from foreign countries. He asked specifically about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya—an operative linked to Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm working on behalf of the Clinton campaign—who told Trump’s son she had information about Clinton.
Noting that special counsel Robert Mueller found no conspiracy or cooperation between his campaign and Russia, Trump said that the notion of calling the FBI whenever approached with information about political opponents was unrealistic.
“This is somebody who said ‘We have information on your opponent.’ ‘Oh, let me call the FBI.’ Give me a break, life doesn’t work that way,” Trump told ABC, referring to how Veselnitskaya reached out to his son.
“That meeting was a big nothing,” he said about the Trump Tower meeting. “But I heard about my son, who is a great young man, going to jail over a meeting where somebody said I have information on Hillary Clinton. She’s the one who should be in jail.”
Continuing his thought process about Clinton, Trump added: “She deleted 33,000 emails … they gave a subpoena to Hillary Clinton for 33,000 emails. After the subpoena was gotten, she deleted them. That’s called obstruction. And her lawyer should also be looked at because her lawyer—she’s got to have the greatest lawyer on earth because she does that, he did the deleting supposedly—not only did they delete, but they acid washed them,” he added.
The FBI was investigating Clinton’s use of a private server for government work in 2016 but was prevented by the Department of Justice from pursuing gross negligence charges against the former first lady. The investigation was rife with inconsistencies, including FBI officials likely ignoring a major lead.
Trump also noted that Clinton is currently under investigation. “It’s being investigated, I assume, now,” he said.
Trump’s interview came several weeks after Attorney General William Barr revealed that the probe into Clinton was “winding down.”
On March 29, 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a letter (pdf) that he had assigned U.S. Attorney John Huber to investigate a list of potential crimes committed by Clinton as outlined by Republicans in Congress.
“The other issues he’s been working on relating to Hillary Clinton. Those are winding down and hopefully, we’ll be in a position to bring those to fruition,” Barr said.
Huber may be investigating one or more of the Clinton-related matters the FBI was tasked with pursuing in 2016 and 2017. From 2015 to 2016, the bureau investigated whether Clinton and her associates mishandled classified information by using an unauthorized private email server to conduct official government business during her time as the secretary of state. Huber may also be investigating whether the approval of the sale of Canadian mining company Uranium One to Russia had any connection to millions of dollars that parties who benefited from the deal gave to the Clinton Foundation.
Trump hit at Clinton again in the interview, noting that she paid ex-British spy Christopher Steele for a dossier full of unsubstantiated allegations against Trump that was used by intelligence agencies to spy on his campaign during and after the 2016 election.
“The crime was committed by the Democrats. It was committed by your friend, Hillary Clinton,” Trump told Stephanopoulos.
“The crime was committed by them. The crime was committed by [former FBI director James] Comey and all of these people. Now, we’re going to find out. Because I guess there’s an investigation. I stay away from it, but I guess there’s an investigation going on.”
Epoch Times reporter Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.