Lakeland, Florida - Donald Trump sharpened his rhetoric on Wednesday from calling for Hillary Clinton's defeat to declaring “she has to go to jail” for using a homebrew email server and other charges of corruption while she was secretary of state.
Trump told supporters at a rally in battleground Florida that the Justice Department's handling of the probe into Clinton's email server let her off the hook and suggested that both Democrats and Republicans in Congress went along with it. The Justice Department declined to prosecute Clinton, but FBI Director James Comey criticised her and her aides for being “extremely careless” with classified information.
“Did they make a deal where everybody protects each other in Washington?” Trump asked on Wednesday. The Republican nominee went on to call it “one of the great miscarriages of justice” in US history and declared that Clinton “would be the most dishonest and the most corrupt person ever elected to high office and I don't think it would be close”.
“This corruption and collusion is just one more reason why I will ask my attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor,” to investigate Clinton and the fact that she apparently deleted thousands of emails that were never recovered, Trump said.
He later made clear: “She deleted the emails. She has to go to jail.”