Trump compares Clinton email saga to worst political scandal in U.S. history

Trump rips Clinton over emails
Trump rips Clinton over emails 02:46

Republican nominee Donald Trump opened up a new line of attack against Hillary Clinton after the latest controversy surrounding her use of a private server while secretary of state. Late last week, the FBI released pages of notes from their interview with Clinton.

For weeks Trump has been the issue in this race. Now he’s trying to turn the tables. On Tuesday night, he called Clinton’s conduct with her private email server and confidential documents “criminal,” reports CBS News correspondent Major Garrett.

Trump compared recent Clinton email revelations to the worst political scandal in American history.

“This is like Watergate, only it’s worse because here our foreign enemies were in a position to hack our most sensitive national security secrets,” Trump said.

The irony is, Clinton worked for the House committee that filed impeachment charges against President Richard Nixon for obstructing justice through a cover-up of the Watergate break-in.

Trump repeated his appeal to part of Clinton’s base -- African-Americans and Hispanics.

“We are going to make your community safe so you don’t get shot when you walk down the street,” Trump said.

In his initial days as president, Trump also promised a new battle plan against ISIS.

“I’m going to convene my top generals… They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for soundly, and quickly defeating ISIS,” Trump said.

This is on a day when nearly 90 retired generals and admirals endorsed Trump -- a reaction to recent GOP national security defections to Clinton.

Trump made yet another promise: an end to what he called military adventurism to export democracy.

“We’re trying to force democracy down their throats. We are spending trillions of dollars and they don’t even want it,” Trump said. 

In a speech in Philadelphia Wednesday, Trump will call for an end to spending caps on defense -- something Democrats oppose without also raising caps on domestic spending. Trump wants more spending for a new sea-based ballistic missile defense system to counter threats from North Korea and Iran.