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Clinton: China Should Hack Trump's Tax Returns

Former secretary of state jested that China should hack Trump’s tax returns, laying out a comparable scenario to emphasize the ridiculousness of AG Barr's Senate testimony

Hillary Clinton one-on-one with Rachel Maddow, May 1, 2019
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Hillary Clinton called for Attorney General William Barr to resign and be held in contempt on Wednesday on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show" while reacting to Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before the U.S. Senate. The 2016 presidential candidate and former secretary of state jested that China should hack Donald Trump’s tax returns, laying out a comparable scenario to what the Russians did to the Clinton campaign in 2016.

"Imagine ... one of the Democratic nominees for 2020 on your show, [saying] the only other adversary of ours who is anywhere near as good as the Russians is China. So why should Russia have all the fun? And since Russia is clearly backing Republicans, why don't we ask China to back us? And not only that, China, if you're listening, why don't you get Trump's tax returns? I'm sure our media would richly reward you."

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"[If] within hours, all of a sudden, the IRS offices are bombarded with incredibly sophisticated cyber tools looking for Trump's tax returns and then extracts them and then passes them to whatever the new WikiLeaks happens to be, and they start being unraveled and disclosed, nothing wrong with that."

Clinton joined eight of the 2020 Democratic contenders for president in calling for Barr to resign after revelations this week over his handling of the Mueller report.