(CNSNews.com) – When asked about U.S. intelligence claims that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections and whether he would call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to not interfere again, President Donald Trump said he wants to know why the FBI did not seize the Democratic National Committee’s server, which was allegedly hacked by Russian actors, and he wants to know why the FBI has not tracked down Hillary Clinton’s apparently missing 33,000 emails.
At the summit on July 16, Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire asked Trump, “Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did. My first question for you, sir, is who do you believe? My second question is would you, now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin, would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you warn him to never do it again?”
President Trump said, “So let me just say we have two thoughts. You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server. Why haven’t they taken the server? Why was the FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee? I’ve been wondering that.”
“I’ve been asking that for months and months and I’ve been tweeting it out and calling it out on social media,” said Trump. “Where is the sever? I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying. With that being said, all I can do is ask the question.”
Trump continued, “My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others. They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be [Russia], but I really do want to see the [DNC] server. I have confidence in both parties. I really believe that this will probably go on for a while.”
“But I don’t think it can go on without finding out what happened to the sever,” said Trump. “What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC? Where are those servers? They’re missing. Where are they?”
“What happened to Hillary Clinton’s emails?” he said. “33,000 emails gone, just gone. I think in Russia they wouldn’t be gone so easily.”
“I think it’s a disgrace that we can’t get Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 emails,” said the president. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today and what he did is an incredible offer. He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people [indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller]. I think that’s an incredible offer. Okay? Thank you.”
The Trump-Putin summit concluded on Monday after the two leaders held their joint press conference, in which both revealed they had discussed the Syrian civil war, Israel, and the economic relationship between the United States and the Russian Federation.