A senior adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on Friday that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t tell the truth “if you waterboarded her,” leaving the anchor seemingly stunned.
“What?” Bolduan said.
“You couldn’t get the truth out of her with a waterboard,” the adviser, Barry Bennett, repeated.
“And you brought in waterboarding,” Bolduan responded.
Trump has suggested that the military should return to the practice of waterboarding, or simulated drowning, which has been banned, even hinting that he might go further to gather intelligence.
“I’d go further. I’d listen to the military people, but I’d go further,” Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, said during a CNN interview on the day of the Brussels terrorist attacks in March. “And by the way, torture works.” He has, at various points during the campaign, backed slightly away from those positions.
Bennett’s comments on CNN came after Bolduan asked whether a remark Trump made during his San Jose, California, rally Thursday night was a “real threat.” Trump had suggested that his theoretical administration’s attorney general would take a “very good look” into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
Bolduan asked whether Trump should still pursue an investigation by the attorney general if the Department of Justice “finds that there was nothing illegal that happened.”
“I’m more interested in the FBI,” said Bennett, who once served as ex-presidential hopeful Ben Carson’s campaign manager. “But if the DOJ tries to stop the FBI, then yes.”
The State Department’s inspector general released a report on Clinton’s use of a private email account last Wednesday, saying she “did not comply” with department policies.
The report cited “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” related to communications that preceded Clinton’s appointment as secretary of state. But the inspector general’s report singled out Clinton’s failures as more serious.
“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act,” the report said.