( CNN) On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump stood at a podium in Florida, appeared straight into the camera and addressed Vladimir Putin's intelligence spies: “Russia, if you're listening, ” he shot, “I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” With that, the Republican presidential candidate exhorted Russia, a country with a history of antagonistic the relationship with the United States, to break U.S. statute and interfere in the most important part of this country's republic, its presidential election.

Trump was referring to the emails that Hillary Clinton says her staffers eliminated from her private server because they were “personal and private.” Whatever voters think about Clinton, we should recognize that Trump's baiting of Russia reaches a new level of outrage.