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Trump Blasts Clinton For Getting Debate 'Answers' Early

| by Lauren Briggs

After scaling back the criticism toward Hillary Clinton after the election, President Donald Trump again called out his former rival for receiving "answers" in advance of a Democratic primary debate.

"Did Hillary Clinton ever apologize for receiving the answers to the debate?" Trump tweeted on April 3. "Just asking!"

The president was referring to a series of hacked emails released by WikiLeaks which showed that the Democratic National Committee's then-interim chairwoman Donna Brazile sent some of the prepared debate questions to Hillary Clinton's aides to warn them about potentially difficult situations for the candidate, according to The Washington Post.

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"From time to time I get the questions in advance," reads one such subject line, in which Brazile went on to share an upcoming question on March 12 about the death penalty that she said worried her about Clinton.

The following day, Clinton was asked a question about the death penalty, although it was different than the one Brazile provided.

The day before a March 6 debate, Brazile sent a heads-up to Clinton's aides about a question "from a woman with a rash" whose families contracted lead poisoning from the water in Flint, Michigan. The following day, Clinton encountered the woman, who asked a slightly different question than the one Brazile had described.

Trump commented on the matter several weeks ago at a press conference when asked about alleged connections between his campaign and the Russian government.

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"Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates," Trump answered, according to The Hill. "Can you imagine -- seriously can you imagine if I received the questions? It would be the electric chair, okay?"

Since winning the election, the president has stepped away from allegations of corruption that he and his supporters leveled at Clinton during his campaign as well as his comments that, as president, he would ensure that she was prosecuted for using a private email server as secretary of state or her actions in association with the Clinton foundation, notes Fox News.

When asked about the matter in November 2016, Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway, who was his campaign manager at the time, said that he would not look to "lock" Clinton "up," as his supporters frequently chanted, in an effort to "help her heal."

"I think when the President-elect, who's also the head of your party…tells you before he's even inaugurated  he doesn't wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone and content," Conway said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe at the time, according to Fox News.

Sources: Donald Trump/Twitter, The Hill, Washington Post, Fox News / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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