Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has demanded appointment of independent special prosecutors to investigate into the alleged wrongdoings of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during her tenure as the US secretary of state.
“The Justice Department is required to appoint an independent special prosecutor because it has proven itself to be a political arm of the White House,” Trump, 70, said at an election rally in Ohio on Monday as he ramped up his attack on Clinton, 68, who is currently leading almost all major polls.
Trump alleged that Clinton’s actions corrupted and disgraced one of the most important Departments of the government, indeed one of only four established by the US Constitution.
“The Clintons’ made the State Department into the same kind of Pay-to-Play operations as the Arkansas Government was: pay the Clinton Foundation huge sums of money and throw in some big speaking fees for Bill Clinton and you got to play with the State Department.
“The amounts involved, the favors done and the significant numbers of times it was done require an expedited investigation by a Special Prosecutor. After the FBI and Department of Justice whitewash of the Clinton email crimes, they certainly cannot be trusted to quickly or impartially investigate Hillary Clinton’s crimes,” he said.
Some former prosecutors have even suggested that the coordination between the pay-for-play State Department and the corrupt Clinton Foundation constitute a clear example of a RICO (Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organisation) enterprise, Trump claimed.
He alleged that as the secretary of state, Clinton signed off on a deal allowing Russians to take an increased stake in a company called Uranium One, giving up control of about 20 per cent of America’s uranium supply to the Russians.
“Clinton’s approval of the deal netted the owners of the uranium company millions of dollars. In exchange for signing off on the deal, some of the former owners of Uranium One gave the Clinton Foundation millions of dollars in donations. In addition, Bill Clinton received USD 500,000 for a speech to a Kremlin-backed investment firm that was a beneficiary of the deal,” Trump said.
Citing several other alleged examples of corruption, Trump said no one will be above the law.
“We will have one set of rules for everyone. In Hillary Clinton’s world, we have one set of rules for her – and another set of rules for everyone else. I am fighting for everyone who doesn’t have a voice. The forgotten men and women of America. I am your voice.
“Hillary Clinton’s campaign is funded by Wall Street and hedge fund managers. My campaign is powered by my own money, but also by small dollar donations from working people across this country who want their country back,” he said.
Trump alleged that Clinton has forgotten the first rule of public service.
“The job of an elected official is to serve the citizens of the US. If you don’t understand that, then you cannot run for President. If you are not prepared to put American workers first, then you should not hold or seek public office. It’s just that simple.
“No issue better illustrates how corrupt my opponent is than her pay-for-play scandals as Secretary of State. As the evidence has become public over the last several months, have become increasingly shocked by the vast scope of Hillary Clinton’s criminality,” Trump said.
“Hillary Clinton said she turned over all of her work related emails. She testified that to Congress under penalty of perjury. Now we learn about another 15,000 emails she failed to turn over have just been discovered.
“Colin Powell just proved again how dishonest Hillary Clinton is after he busted her for trying to pin her email scandal on him – one more Hillary Clinton lie,” he said.
Trump alleged that Clinton’s foundation took in large payments from major corporations and wealthy individuals, foreign and domestic, all while she was secretary of state.
“The Clinton Foundation accepted as much as USD 60 million dollars from Middle Eastern countries that oppress women, gays and people of different faiths. The Foundation donors included corporations and individuals with significant matters before the State Department. And then either Hillary Clinton herself or one of her closest aides took action favourable to the donor,” Trump added.