Donald Trump intensified his effort Monday to shift the focus of the campaign to Hillary Clinton and the huge donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign benefactors, calling for a special prosecutor to “investigate Hillary Clinton’s crimes.”
Trump argued during a campaign rally in Akron, Ohio, that the federal government could not be trusted to impartially probe Clinton’s relationship to the foundation and its donors.
“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,” he said.The Clinton campaign sought throughout the day to flip the argument against Trump, noting that his own refusal to release his tax returns could mask business relationships with unsavory foreign interests and debt to foreign banks — some of which have been reported in recent weeks and months.
“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,” he said.
The Clinton Foundation has been scrutinized for years because of the potential for conflicts of interest, but in recent days, leaders seemed to acknowledge critics, announcing that if Clinton wins the presidency, the foundation will no longer accept foreign contributions.
During his remarks, Trump also amplified his appeal to African American and Hispanic voters, repeatedly asking “What do you have to lose” by supporting him in the race.” He described rampant crime in inner cities that he pinned on Democratic municipal leaders. Under a Trump administration, he said, “You’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot.
Trump also pleaded with supporters to turn out in droves to “watch” other people vote across the country, a reference to his campaign’s call for monitoring precincts for fraud, despite little evidence of significant violations.
“When I say watch, you know what I’m talking about, right?” he said, without elaborating. “You know what I”m talking about.”