As he plummeted in the polls, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Monday night responded to the 50 GOP former national security leaders (mainly from Bush administration) who wrote an open letter saying he "would be the most reckless president in American history." On his website Trump called the letter "politically motivated" by the "owners of the disastrous decisions to invade Iraq, allow Americans to die in Benghazi … [and allow] the rise of ISIS." Among the 50 signers were former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden and former undersecretar of state John Negroponte.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained 8-10 points in the polls against Trump, was not spared. Trump re-tweeted a headline in the conservative media that linked the execution of the Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the US and returned home to two emails sent to her when she was secretary of state and stored on her private server, which appear to refer obliquely to Shahram Amiri, Her campaign dismissed this charge as a conspiracy theory.
The parents of two Americans killed in the 2012 attack on a United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, filed a lawsuit on Monday against Hillary Clinton, saying that her “‘extreme carelessness’ in handling confidential and classified information” while secretary of state contributed to the conditions that led to their sons’ deaths.