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GREEN BAY -- Donald Trump took his outrage over what he deems a "rigged system" a step further on Monday during a visit to Green Bay. He called for a series of ethics reforms aimed at tackling corruption in Washington, including tighter restrictions on members of Congress and White House officials taking on jobs as lobbyists.

"You know why I'm here? I'm here because everyone's calling, saying I'm going to win Wisconsin," Trump said.

The proposals came after Trump began his speech by accusing officials at the FBI and State Department of engaging in a "criminal conspiracy," seizing on FBI documents released Monday that revealed that at least two officials at those departments allegedly bargained over reconsidering the classification of an email on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Patrick Kennedy, an undersecretary at the State Department, urged FBI officials to reconsider classifying an email found on Clinton's server, prompting an FBI official to respond with a request for the State Department to approve the deployment of more FBI officials overseas, according to FBI files released Monday. The FBI did not declassify the email in question and there is no evidence that the purported "quid pro quo" amounted to a federal crime.

The proposals Trump unveiled on Monday would not have prevented the alleged collusion between the two departments, but appear to be instead aimed at undercutting the influence of special interests in Washington.

Trump called for enacting through legislation a five-year ban "on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for five years after they leave government service" and slammed former President Bill Clinton for nixing that ban at the end of his tenure, which he had himself enacted at the start of his administration via executive order.

"He rigged the system on his way out," Trump said.

Trump also called for a similar five-year ban that would prevent members of Congress and their staff from becoming lobbyists and called for closing loopholes that would allow former government officials to skirt such a ban "by labeling themselves consultants, advisers and all of these different things."

Trump called for an even stricter lifetime ban preventing "senior executive branch officials" from ever lobbying on behalf of a foreign government and called for Congress to pass legislation preventing registered foreign lobbyists from raising money for US elections.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

The crowd in Green Bay saved some frustration for Speaker Paul Ryan, who refuses to defend Trump.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was also there -- defending himself over a controversial weekend tweet.

"My tweets get more attention from the lame-stream media than Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is getting right now," Clarke said.

At least four protesters interrupted Trump's speech. One ripped up a sign in front of the TV cameras for maximum attention.


1 Comment

  • Janet

    You now what leaves me completely disappointed in you guys. You said NOTHING on the news tonight on Trumps speech in Green Bay. NOTHING. I bet you ten to one if it was Hilary you would be showing it every ten minutes. You didn’t show anything on the speech you talked about this and that nothing of really importance at least compared to this. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves. I have watched for at least the last two shows tonight and you viewed nothing. Gee I wonder what side you are taking. You know sometimes saying nothings says everything. Anyone who cannot get the Internet will have not had a chance to hear this. What is wrong with you guys?

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