>> It is so far-fetched, it is so ridiculous. Honestly, I wish I had that power.>> Donald Trump hitting back Wednesday against allegations that Russia hacked into the Democratic Party's emails to bolster his bid for the White House. The Republican presidential nominee instead turning the tables on his opponent, taking a jab at Hillary Clinton's own personal email problems while she was Secretary of State.
>> It would be interesting to see, I will tell you this, Russia if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.>> Trump's statement, an extraordinary comment from a presidential candidate even if in jest, to invite a foreign government to hack his rival.
It comes days after WikiLeaks released more than 19,000 emails seeming to show the Democratic National Committee favoring Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary season. The league prompted the resignation of DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the weekend, and an investigation by the FBI. The timing of the release, just ahead of the party's nominating convention raised questions about whether the Kremlin was trying to hurt Clinton's campaign and help Trump, who has praised the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
>> What do I have to get involved with Putin for? I have nothing to do with Putin. I have never spoken to him. I don't know anything about him.>> But US intelligence officials tell Reuters the alleged hack may have been less about influencing the presidential election, than part of a broader scheme to discredit the US political system.
Sources say the leak could be an attempt by Putin to push back against what he sees as an effort by the West to weaken his country. One analyst saying, it's in Moscow's interest to portray the United States as fraught with populist discontent and high level political corruption. Russia has denied any involvement in the hack, on Wednesday saying the US seems to believe the horror stories it created itself.