WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump is accusing the Justice Department of doing everything it can to protect his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Trump is pointing to a disagreement between the DOJ and the FBI over its handling of a new batch of emails discovered pertaining to the investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.
Justice Department officials cautioned FBI director James Comey against sending a letter to Congress informing them of the new emails, asserting that it was inconsistent with department policy intended to avoid the appearance of prosecutorial influence in elections.
But Trump tells a rally crowd in Phoenix, "The Department of Justice is trying their hardest to protect the criminal activity of Hillary Clinton."
He asks, "What's happened to the Justice Department?" and says this is what he means when he says that the "system is rigged."
Trump is also repeating his claim that the development represents the biggest political scandal since Watergate.
He says, "It's everybody's deepest hope that justice, at last, will be beautifully delivered."
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