Struggling to gain ground on Joe Biden, President Donald Trump is running against Hillary Clinton again. This time, he’s getting his dutiful secretary of State in on the act.
Mike Pompeo told the president’s supporters at Fox News that he was working to release emails from former Secretary of State Clinton into the public eye.
“We’ve got the emails, we’re getting them out,” Pompeo said during a Friday appearance on the right-wing cable channel. “We’ll get all of this information out so the American people can see it.”
Pompeo’s appearance came a day after the president complained to Fox Business that his loyal appointee had been “unable” to get the disputed correspondences from the state department, which Trump said has copies.
“Mike Pompeo has been unable to get them out, which is very sad actually,” Trump said Thursday. He added he was “not happy” with the former CIA director for that reason.
Pompeo said he would be cautious about exposing matters of confidentiality in those state department emails, but expects to have something to show before Election Day.
It’s unclear what Trump thinks is in those emails, some of which may have passed through Clinton’s private server while she was serving in the Obama administration. Pompeo did not discuss specifics. Investigations into the matter found Clinton guilty of no deliberate wrongdoing.
The president also ranted about Clinton, his rival in the 2016 election, during an unhinged mid-afternoon interview with talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
“She deleted 33,000 emails. She should be in jail for that,” Trump said. “I don’t even care if they’re … if they’re very highly confidential emails.”
The pair ran the gamut of conspiracy theories, including largely baseless assertions by the president about election fraud, immigrants and alleged spying against his presidential campaign by the former administration.
Trump also claimed he was no longer on a COVID-19 treatment program that includes steroids and dropped the F-bomb while raging about Iran.
Trump’s obsession with Clinton’s emails got the attention of special investigator Robert Mueller after the president went on television urging Russian operatives interfering in the U.S. election to find those deleted missives. Mueller found that Trump was not directly involved in aiding the Russian’s attempts to hack U.S. servers, though his campaign expected to benefit from such efforts believed to have been directed by Vladimir Putin. Putin denied involvement in hacking other D.N.C. servers and Trump said he had no reason not to believe him, despite contrary findings by U.S. intelligence officials.
Real Clear Politics shows 2020 Democratic candidate Biden with a 9.6% lead over Trump three-weeks before the election.