Donald Trump Just Invented Another 100,000 Deleted Hillary Clinton Emails to Defend Ivanka Trump

President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving again defended daugher and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump’s private email usage, this time by claiming Hillary Clinton deleted another “hundred thousand” emails.

The president said that the first daughter—who, according to reports earlier this week, used her private email account to send hundreds of emails related to government business—was “very innocent,” and that it happened over a “short period of time” and “very early on” in her service.

“There was no deletion of emails like the 33,000 plus, probably another hundred thousand, that Hillary Clinton did after she got a subpoena,” President Trump said.

The president’s speculation that Clinton deleted an additional 100,000 emails is not based on any evidence. An employee managing Clinton’s private email server deleted 33,000 of her emails, and the reported number has not changed.

President Trump reiterated points similar to what he had previously said when asked to comment on his daughter’s emails.

“There was no bleach pit. There was no anything, just innocent emails. There were no classified emails, a much different deal,” he said. “It’s another fake news story. And she did transition out. She's a private person and then ultimately she transitioned out from private to government.”

The president then made another false claim.

“And I believe all of her records are in the historical society,” he said, then corrected himself. “The historical records. Much different than the other situation that I’ve talked about for a long time. But she transitioned out, but everything’s in historical records.”

11_22_18_TrumpEmails President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump on their way to board Marine One at the White House on February 1, 2017. In defending his daughter, the president claimed there were another "hundred thousand" emails that Hillary Clinton defeated. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump mentioned historical records in his response on Tuesday.

“Ivanka can handle herself. These are all in the historical records,” he said, adding that Ivanka Trump’s personal email usage was “unlike Hillary Clinton” and that “it’s all fake news.”

The president has defended his daughter despite focusing much of his 2016 presidential campaign on slamming Clinton for her private email usage.

Even after winning the election, he continued to attack the former secretary of state on the matter. In August, he claimed that the FBI had ignored “tens of thousands” of Clinton’s emails, which was less than his “hundred thousand” claim on Thursday.

“Big story out that the FBI ignored tens of thousands of Crooked Hillary Emails, many of which are REALLY BAD,” he tweeted at the time. “Also gave false election info. I feel sure that we will soon be getting to the bottom of all of this corruption. At some point I may have to get involved!”

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