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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — The massive email hack on the Democratic National Committee, purportedly by Russian government agents, has drawn new and unwanted attention to longstanding ties between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russian business interests.

“The hack at least seems to have come from Russian government entities, specifically from some of their military intelligence communities,” John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, told ABC News Monday. “So that’s very worrisome. Whether they’re actively trying to interfere in the U.S. election, that’s something that I guess we’ll need to see.”

Clinton presidential campaign manager Robby Mook went further on ABC News’ This Week Sunday, saying that “experts” told his team that “this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.”

Trump speculated in a speech Monday that “China, Russia or one of our many, many friends… hacked the hell out of us,” but the GOP candidate and his top advisers have rejected the suggestion that the Russians were motivated to help the business mogul. Trump tweeted Monday morning prior to his speech, “The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails … because Putin likes me.”

Suspicions about the Russian interest in Trump’s candidacy stem in part from the Republican businessman’s comments and long history of work with Russian business interests. Trump has long hinted that he would have a warm relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Putin hates us. He hates [Barack] Obama. He doesn’t hate [me],” Trump told reporters last fall. “I think he’d like me. I think I’d get along great with him, if you want to know the truth.”

Trump has made repeated trips to Russia, including in 2013, when a Russian billionaire bought the rights to host the Miss Universe pageant. Sergio Millian, a Russian consultant based in New York, told ABC News that during that trip he helped arrange a series of meetings between Trump and Russian businessmen.

“My colleagues and I helped arrange presentations at the Millionaire Fair in Moscow that featured billionaires and multimillionaires,” Millian said. “He met primarily with businesspeople, with several billionaires.”

Trump spent the most time, Millian said, with the Russian real estate tycoon Aras Agalarov, who heads the firm Crocus International. “He was one of those who the conversation was going on for a long time,” Millian said.

Trump started exploring real estate options in Russia in the 1990s, touring Moscow with close friend Howard Lorber. A real estate developer who has done business there, Lorber appeared during the Republican National Convention in the biographical video of Trump that appeared on jumbotrons before his acceptance speech.

Carter Page, an energy expert Trump tapped as a foreign policy adviser, spent three years living in Moscow working on key transactions with Gazprom, a Russian oil giant that is largely state owned. Page was in Moscow last month to give a speech at a Russian business school.

“If you don’t treat others with respect, they won’t treat you with respect,” he told the audience. “This applies not only on the personal level in the daily lives of individuals but especially when we venture out into the international arena and any level of interaction. Respect is not something which magically appears, but rather it needs to be earned on both sides of a relationship, often through a lot of hard work amidst very difficult negotiations.”

More recently, speculation about Trump’s posture toward Russia surfaced after two members of the Platform Committee at the Republican convention in Cleveland were quoted in The Washington Post questioning why the Trump campaign watered down a pledge to give Ukraine weapons to fend off Russian aggression. The new language pushed by Trump officials eliminated the GOP’s call for “providing lethal defensive weapons.” Instead, the platform calls for providing Ukraine with “appropriate assistance.”

Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who did consulting work in Ukraine for a political candidate with Russian ties, dismissed outright the notion that Russian hackers were looking to help the Republican nominee.

Asked by George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ This Week on Sunday if there were any ties between Trump’s campaign and Putin, Manafort said, “No, there are not. That’s absurd. And you know, there’s no basis to it.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook said on ABC’s Good Morning America that he was concerned an "aggressive regime" like Russian President Vladimir Putin's could be trying to "infiltrate the system of the Democratic Party" and also "influence the outcome of the election."

Mook was responding to a question this morning regarding the email hack from WikiLeaks that showed that several staff members of the Democratic National Committee were biased against Sen. Bernie Sanders during the campaign primary. Michael Buratowski, a cyber analyst with the firm that investigated the hack, told ABC News on Monday he's "very confident" that Russian actors were behind the cyber attack. According to Buratowski, the hackers were using Russian internet addresses and typing on keyboards configured in Cyrillic.

Mook added that it was "also very troubling" that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared to be pushing for a pro-Russian platform. Trump has praised Putin and recently declared that, if he becomes president, the United States would defend fellow NATO countries only if the nations in question were contributing their fair share to the alliance’s budget — a stance that would bode well for Russia.

"Obviously, this is a concerning situation," Mook said.

Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort has called the accusations that Trump colluded with Russia in the DNC email hack “absurd.”

Mook was optimistic Democrats would come together in support of Clinton despite the email controversy, which has triggered protests and forced Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign from her post, effective later this week.

Although supporters of Sanders protested against Clinton’s campaign at the convention last night, Mook noted that Sanders still gave a “rousing” endorsement along with other Democratic officials. At last week's Republican convention, Sen. Ted Cruz refused to endorse Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich was absent from the event.

“The contrast between our convention and the Republican’s could not be greater," Mook said. “We are working hard to unify this party.”

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Democrats brought the drama to Pennsylvania and we’re only a day in.

Big name political stars — including Hillary Clinton’s former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and First Lady Michelle Obama — took the stage Monday, but it was the action on the floor that created the most fireworks.

Reeling from the Fallout


The Democratic convention did not get off to a smooth start on Monday.

It started with a last-minute switch of the opening speaker. DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who announced that she would be resigning at the end of the week after the convention, decided not to be the one to gavel the convention into session because of the drama surrounding the Democratic National Committee’s email leak, which appears to show party officials showing support of Clinton over Sanders.

Instead, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake formally started the convention. And at first, she forgot to use the actual gavel.

Beyond that, the first three hours were full of outbursts and boos from Sanders supporters.

Roll Call Could Get Raucous


The very first hours of the convention were rowdy as the floor broke into jeers throughout several speakers’ addresses.

The very first time that Clinton’s name was mentioned sparked a round of “Bernie!” chants, which continued for much of the beginning of the program.

The roll call vote of each state is going to pose and even bigger opportunity for any disgruntled Sanders voters to show their displeasure.

Maternal Movement


One of the more emotional moments from tonight’s speeches will likely come when “Mothers of the Movement” will take the stage.

The group includes Trayvon Martin’s mom Sybrina Fulton, Michael Brown’s mother Lezley McSpadden and Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr among others.

The circumstances of their childrens deaths may be different, but all of the mothers have endorsed Clinton’s campaign.

Protests in Philadelphia


Hundreds of protesters took different routes in Philadelphia on Monday and the drama in the city and outside of the convention center seems unlikely to let up.

The demonstrations have generally been bigger than the ones held in Cleveland last week during the Republican National Convention, but like them, there have not been significant reports of violence.

As of Monday night, there were no arrests even though multiple people have been detained, police told ABC.

Bill Clinton Takes the Stage


One of Hillary Clinton’s most active surrogates was been her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and now he’s headed to the main stage.

He arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and attended a reception for members of Congress before heading out of the facility.

Clinton has a history of making an impact at Democratic National Conventions. His speech at the 2012 convention in Charlotte was lauded after his 48 minute, wonky speech where he made a case for President Obama’s re-election.


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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(PHILADELPHIA) — First Lady Michelle Obama's speech before the Democratic National Convention brought raucous cheers in Philadelphia but also received praise from a special admirer all the way over on Pennsylvania Avenue.

President Obama hailed his wife's speech as "incredible" just minutes after Mrs. Obama spoke before thousands at a packed convention in Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.

"Incredible speech by an incredible woman," the president said in a late-Monday-night tweet. "Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle."

Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn't be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle.

— President Obama (@POTUS) July 26, 2016

The tweet has since gone viral, amassing more than 220,000 likes and 92,000 re-tweets.

President Obama is expected to speak before the DNC this Wednesday.

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, the secretary of the Democratic National Committee who on short notice filled in for DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz on convention gavel duty Monday, told ABC News that she is "still very optimistic" about the party's members coming together in the wake of a controversial email leak and waves of protests at the convention.

Rawlings-Blake said Sen. Bernie Sanders "needs to set the tone" to bring the party together as it's important to "stay focused" on beating Donald Trump even as differences within the party have caused disruption both in and outside the convention hall on Monday.

Rawlings-Blake said some of the anger displayed on Monday at the convention was to be expected and compared the convention floor to a "football field on game day."

"Everyone here is hyped up," she said. "We're focused on moving forward."

She also defended the the right of protesters to express their differences with the party.

"Democracy is sometimes messy," she said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump went on a twitter crusade against several headline speakers at the Democratic National Convention Monday evening.

The Republican Presidential nominee didn't hold back against Democratic figures and prominent critics.

On the former Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders:

Bernie Sanders totally sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton. All of that work, energy and money, and nothing to show for it! Waste of time.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016

Sad to watch Bernie Sanders abandon his revolution. We welcome all voters who want to fix our rigged system and bring back our jobs.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016

On Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren:

Elizabeth Warren, often referred to as Pocahontas, just misrepresented me and spoke glowingly about Crooked Hillary, who she always hated!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016

In addition to the Tweet, the Trump campaign released a separate statement targeting Warren while also taking a jab at Hillary Clinton. "Warren complains about Wall Street influence while endorsing the candidate who is bought-and-paid for by Wall Street," the statement said.

On New Jersey Senator Corey Booker:

If Cory Booker is the future of the Democratic Party, they have no future! I know more about Cory than he knows about himself.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2016

One notable person absent from Trump's cross-hairs was first lady Michelle Obama who — without mentioning his name — called him out for his use of Twitter during her speech at the DNC.

"I want someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters," Obama said.

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Toni Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, facing down a number of supporters who were upset that she decided to support Hillary Clinton, railed against a "rigged" system and said that Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, has been exploiting that system his entire life.

Warren, a 67-year-old first-term senator, who emerged as a hero among progressives for her passionate focus on economic issues like inequality and Wall Street reform, was charged night with the difficult task of uniting a party that is currently facing divisions, due to an email leak that appeared to show attempts by Democratic party leaders to impede the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, and a wave of protests inside and outside of the convention hall in Philadelphia that reflected anger towards the Democratic nominee.

"Bernie reminds us what Democrats fight for every day," she started in what would be one of several attempts to unite a fractured party. "Thank you, Bernie."

Warren painted Trump as "a man who cares only for himself" and described him as a "a man who must never be president of the United States of America."

"His whole life has been taking advantage of a rigged system," she said, assailing what she said were failures as a businessman and called his immigration plan "a stupid wall."

The crowd appeared to turn on Warren at several points in the speech, however, particularly when she endorsed Clinton.

She called the former Secretary of State one of "the smartest toughest most tenacious people on this planet, and "a woman who fights for all of us."

"I'm with Hillary," she announced.

Some people in the crowd booed Warren during her endorsement.

Protesters chanted "we trusted you" and "Goldman Sachs" during her appeal for Democrats to vote for Clinton.

Grassroots organizers sought to draft Elizabeth Warren as a presidential candidate before self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist Sanders entered the race to mount a formidable left-leaning challenge to Clinton.

Likewise, progressives stumped for Warren to be selected as Clinton's running mate, before Sen. Tim Kaine was chosen on Friday of last week.

Warren, whose endorsement was heavily sought after during the primary between Sanders and Clinton, due to her popularity among Democrats, has had a complicated relationship with Clinton.

In 2004, she gave an interview with Bill Moyers in which she described the degree to which she perceived money to influence Clinton when she was a senator representing New York. Sanders supporters seized on the video, and shared it as a kind of anti-endorsement of Clinton's campaign to be the party's nominee.

“As Senator Clinton the pressures are very different. The industry that gave the most money to Washington over the past few years was not the oil industry, not pharmaceuticals, it was consumer credit products," she said. "[Clinton] had taken money from the groups, and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency.”

In June, Warren formally endorsed Clinton and made a joint speech with her in Ohio. Her primary focus in that speech was criticizing Trump.

Warren and Trump have been pitted against each other for a while.

Trump has repeatedly mocked her with the nickname "Pocahontas," a reference to her claim of Native American status during her time in academia, and has called her "goofy Elizabeth Warren."

Warren, for her part, has received plaudits for her willingness to defend herself and Clinton against Trump's rhetorical attacks. She has called him "weak" and a "loser."

“Your policies are dangerous. Your words are reckless. Your record is embarrassing. And your free ride is over,” she tweeted in May.
 
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ABCNews.com(PHILADELPHIA) -- In a rousing call for Democratic unity behind Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama described the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee as a "true public servant" with the ability and experience to lead -- and criticized Donald Trump without mentioning him by name.

"Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life," Obama said. "I want someone with proven strength ... someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters."

"When you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can't make snap decisions," she added. "You can't have a thin skin or tendency to lash out."

Clinton, Obama said, "has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling."

[READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE FIRST LADY'S DNC SPEECH]

Citing the historic nature of Clinton's nomination, Obama said her daughters -- "two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn" -- can "now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States."


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ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders took the stage as the last speaker of the night Monday at the Democratic National Convention, capping a hard-fought primary and urging supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton, despite many being angry over the outcome.

"Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," he told the crowd in Philadelphia.

His speech came after his supporters booed several of the first speakers of the evening, and he addressed that anger early in his speech.

"I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process," Sanders said. "I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am. But to all of our supporters – here and around the country – I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved."

Sanders was regularly interrupted by cheers of his name and spent three full minutes taking in applause after taking the stage and before he started his address.

The drama on the floor won't necessarily end tonight, as Sanders himself showed that it's not entirely about party unity.

“I look forward to your votes during the roll call tomorrow night,” he said, making it clear that he will not be releasing his delegates to Clinton.


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ABCNews.com(PHILADELPHIA) -- Cory Booker's speech received some of the biggest cheers of the night at the Democratic National Convention Monday and prompted social media speculation that he may be hosting his own convention some day.

The New Jersey Senator repeated a refrain based off a famous Maya Angelou poem "Still I Rise" in repeatedly saying "America, we will rise!"

He also brought up his Jersey roots in an attack against Trump's business record and his casino troubles.

"Now, I take particular interest in the fact that Trump says he would run our country like he has run his businesses. Well, I’m from Jersey. I’m from the great Garden State, and we’ve seen the way he leads in Atlantic City. He got rich while his companies declared multiple bankruptcies," Booker said.

When his 20-minute speech wrapped up, much of the crowd was on its feet.

Booker's name was floated as a possible vice presidential candidate for Clinton and was a well-known surrogate for her both on the trail and in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

Now the success of his speech has viewers on social media looking to his political future.

I want to see an Michelle Obama Cory Booker ticket in 2020 or 2024

— Carlos P (@cjpro7) July 26, 2016

Dude this Cory Booker speech reminds me of Obama's 2004 convention speech

He'll be running in 2020 or 2024#DemsInPhilly

— N. (@ltWasRed) July 26, 2016

Thinking about a Sen. Cory Booker 2020 got me like pic.twitter.com/eumXM7TvOw

— Sophia Triantafyllop (@sophia_longname) July 26, 2016


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ABCNews.com(PHILADELPHIA) -- It's not funny anymore.

Stand-up comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary, delivered one of the top punch lines of the night to "Bernie-or-Bust" crowd at the Democratic National Convention -- you're being ridiculous."

Silverman, who was introduced by former comedian Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota, started her speech by praising Sanders' run for the presidency during the Democratic primaries, and said "Bernie succeeded in so many ways."

She mocked the Citizens United court decision, and said that she was "glad that Hillary has vowed to overturn it."

Some members of the crowd turned on Silverman, however, when she endorsed Clinton.

"Hillary is our Democratic nominee and I will proudly vote for her," she said. "I will vote for Hillary with gusto."

Some people waved signs that said "Bernie" or that simply said "no." Audible chants of "Bernie!" could be heard when Silverman and Franken stood together at the podium after the speech, awaiting an appearance by folk singer Paul Simon.

That's when Silverman let loose. "You're being ridiculous," she told them.

"I have so much I want to say," she added.

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Democratic National Convention got off to a rough start Monday amid tensions over an email scandal involving outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Bernie Sanders supporters angry over the primary process.

Every time Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, were mentioned onstage during the first several hours of the convention, a round of boos followed. At different points as different people spoke, Sanders supporters broke into chants of "Bernie! Bernie!" Some delegates shouted "No TPP" in protest of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal decried by Republican nominee Donald Trump as well.

In the wake of the outcry, an effort on both the Clinton and Sanders teams was underway to quash any lingering issues, sources said.

Sanders sent a personalized text to his supporters in an effort to quell any remaining tensions and calls for action on the floor tonight. The text read: "I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor. Its of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations - Bernie," the text read.

Beyond Sanders' individual actions, Clinton and Sanders whips were working together on the floor to stop and protests. This includes well-known Sanders surrogates like Ben Jealous, the CEO of the NAACP, who spoke on stage this evening.

The fractious start comes days after a leak of Democratic National Committee emails that appeared to show Wasserman Schultz and other committee officials showing favor to Clinton and trying to undercut Sanders' bid.

Shortly after the convention began, the Democratic National Committee apologized to Sanders.

"On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Sen. Sanders, his supporters and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email," interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile said in a statement. "These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process."

Wasserman Schultz is expected to step down at the end of the week after tendering her resignation. She was swapped out of the starting ceremony for the convention; instead, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gaveled the session to order in her capacity as the secretary of the Democratic National Committee.

Even that didn't go smoothly: She called the meeting to order but forgot to use the gavel.

The first time Clinton was mentioned during the convention was during the invocation, and while there was a round of cheers, there was also a burst of "Bernie!" chanting that lasted about 20 seconds.

The next speaker faced a similar fate, with chants of "Bernie" and "No TPP" heard.

"I am going to be respectful of you, and I want you to be respectful of me," Ohio Rep. Marsha Fudge said after being interrupted. "We're all Democrats, and we need to act like it."

Maine state Rep. Diane Russell was met with a mix of "Bernie!" and "Clinton!" cheers when she said she is "a proud delegate for Bernie Sanders."

"I want to be clear," she said. "We did not win this by selling out. We won this by standing up. We won this by standing together."

Russell continued, "Whether you support Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, we're all in this together … We will all have a voice in a Clinton administration. We can work together on so much."

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., gave an address about the work of the Democratic Rules Committee while battling shouts of "No TPP" steadily through his speech.

A group of about eight Michigan delegates formed a silent protest for a portion of Monday night. Some had tape over their mouths saying they were "silenced by the DNC" or signs to that effect. They told ABC News that they plan to hold their signs throughout the night.

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Al Franken, a U.S. Senator from Minnesota and alumnus of Saturday Night Live, returned to his comic roots at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday in skewering Republican nominee Donald Trump's business record and the now-defunct Trump University.

Franken announced that he majored in "megalomania studies at Trump University," and had to empty out his 401k retirement fund and "take out a reverse mortgage" to pay his tuition.

Trump University is the "school of ripping people off," Franken said.

Referring to books by Trump, Franken said "all of Trump's bestsellers" were "available to students at 10 percent higher than regular rate."

He also quipped sardonically that Trump's business record qualifies him to be president, but added: "If you believe that I have some delicious Trump steaks to sell you."

The politician and former professional comedian transitioned to an endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

"Maybe we should go with a candidate who has spent her life working to get things done for the American people," Franken said. "I am proud to call Hillary Clinton my friend and I can't wait to call her Madam President."

Later, he called upon Democratic activists to work for Clinton's campaign.

"Many of you have families," he noted facetiously. "Ignore them."

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ABCNews.com(PHILADELPHIA) -- Democrats gave undocumented immigrants and their concerns a featured role on the first day of the Democratic National Convention on Monday in Philadelphia, drawing sharp contrasts with Donald Trump and his hardline proposals on immigration.

Karla Ortiz, an 11-year-old daughter of undocumented immigrants whose tearful embrace with Clinton at a Nevada event became a campaign ad, spoke on stage with her mother Francisca about the fear and insecurity surrounding her parents’ circumstances.

“I’m scared that at any moment, my mom and my dad will be forced to leave,” she said. “I wonder, what if I come home and find it empty?”

The young Ortiz –- who said she wants to go to law school and become an immigration lawyer -– was followed by Astrid Silva, an undocumented immigrant and activist who decried Trump’s proposal to deport the undocumented.

“When Donald Trump talks about deporting 11 million people, he’s talking about ripping families apart,” she said.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, an Illinois Democrat who would likely play a leading role in any effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform in a Clinton administration, called Trump’s proposal a “sick, hateful fantasy.”

“I will raise my voice against the bigot who thinks a judge born in Indiana can’t do his job because his parents were born in Mexico,” Gutierrez said, referring to Trump’s criticism of an Indiana-born judge of Mexican descent who is presiding over a lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump University.

Clinton and running mate Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia have pledged to work on immigration reform in their first 100 days of office.

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ABCNews.com(ROANOKE, Va.) -- Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton as "disloyal" over the email scandal surrounding outgoing Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, saying that she "threw her under a bus."

In their first public appearance after the Republican National Convention, Trump, alongside running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, commented for the first time Wasserman Schultz stepping down after emails emerged appearing to show her and other party officials helping Clinton in the primary.

“I just want to say that Debbie Wasserman Schultz -- I always knew she was highly overrated,” Trump said.

"But she just got fired. They said Debbie. You’re fired. Get out. Get out Debbie. Out. Boom.”

Wasserman Schultz, in fact, resigned, but that didn't stop Trump from blaming Clinton.

"How about that though for disloyalty from Hillary Clinton?” he asked.

"Debbie was totally loyal to Hillary and Hillary threw her under a bus and it didn't take her more than five minutes to make that decision. Man, I don't want her covering my back,” he said.

Trump was referring to a massive hack of DNC servers that show efforts by DNC officials to undermine Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders during the primary season. Those damaging emails have since been released by WikiLeaks, agitating Sanders supporters at the start of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia and prompting Wasserman Schultz's resignation, effective at the end of the week.

Trump claimed that Clinton knew that the DNC was conspiring against Sanders. "She knew it's a rigged system that Bernie Sanders never had a chance," he said. "He never had a chance."

The FBI said it is investigating a massive breach of the Democratic National Committee's computers, which sources and experts say was likely the work of government hackers in Russia. Trump seemed to applaud their efforts.

"She [Wasserman Schultz] worked very, very hard to rig the system. Little did she know that China, Russia, one of our many, many friends came in and hacked the hell out of us. Can you imagine? Can you imagine what they're hacking? I guarantee we'll find the 33,000 e-mails,” he said, referring to Clinton's own email scandal.

Trump also assailed Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, and his record from his time as governor of Virginia as evidence of “Clinton’s bad judgement.”

"So Hillary Clinton has bad judgement. She shouldn’t have picked this guy. Big mistake because he is the exact opposite of what all of the Bernie people want,” he said. He added, “Mike pence of Indiana has done an unbelievable job. Triple A bond rating, so many different things. Job creation. Top in virtually every category.”

And in his rebuttal of Clinton, he also referred to another Clinton VP contender, Elizabeth Warren, whom he’s coined “Pocahontas” for her claims of Native American heritage.

“Instead of picking somebody and you don’t have to go with Pocahontas, you don’t have to go that far," he said. "Who by the way who hasn’t done anything. She is the worst senator in the US senate. You know she has a fresh mouth other than that she’s got nothing going for her."

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