Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email scandal should disqualify her from the presidency. Taking it a step further, Trump says that if she were a Republican, she would already be serving jail time.
In March 2015, it came to light that Clinton had used a private server to send and receive emails while Secretary of State, Huffington Post reports. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been investigating the content of Clinton’s emails to determine if there had been an intentionally illegal passing of classified information. The State Department has been releasing her emails for the public record in large installments.
Trump spoke about the scandal during a campaign rally in Norcross, Georgia, on Oct. 10. According to CNN, the business mogul thinks that Clinton’s private server was criminal.
"I can tell you this: If that were a Republican that did what she did with the emails, they would have been in jail 12 month ago," he said. "It is a very unfair system."
Clinton has repeatedly said that her private server was allowed by the State Department and that nothing she did was illegal, Huffington Post reports. The State Department has backed up Clinton's claims.
While some of the emails on her private server have retroactively been classified, there has been no proof that Clinton intentionally leaked sensitive information.
“Honestly, she shouldn't be allowed to run," Trump said. "I don't think that the Democrats are going to stop her from running because the system is inherently unfair."
During an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Oct. 11, President Barack Obama said that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server was “a mistake.” The President maintains, however, that Clinton did not compromise national security, according to the New York Times.
“The fact that for the last three months this is all that’s been spoken about is an indication that we’re in presidential political season,” Obama added.
Obama was asked about Trump during the same interview, CBS reports. The president referred to the presidential candidate as a “classic reality TV character."
"At these early stages, it's not surprising that he's gotten a lot of attention," he said, while also adding that he doubts Trump will become the next president.