The Latest: Aide had called for “dump” of Clinton emails

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

3:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman said “we are going to have to dump” her emails after news broke that the Democrat and her aides had used private email accounts to conduct State Department business.

The comments by John Podesta were in the latest batch of hacked emails released by Wikileaks.

After the New York Times revealed Clinton’s use of private email accounts, Podesta told Clinton’s chief of staff that they would have to dump “all those emails.” He said it was “better to do so sooner than later.”

Podesta didn’t say what “dump” meant, though “document dump” is Washington-speak for public disclosure.

About a week later, Clinton said she had turned over half of the 60,000 emails from her personal account to the State Department. The rest were withheld as personal.


2:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is also making plans to air TV commercials in typically Democratic Michigan and New Mexico.

Her campaign said Tuesday it will spend more than $100,000 on TV commercials in each of the two states. That announcement came shortly after Republican Donald Trump’s campaign said it would be advertising there.

Clinton’s campaign earlier confirmed it will be advertising in Colorado for the first time since July. And it also is deploying ads in Virginia for the first time since early August.

Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson said the Trump campaign sees a path through these states, but “we’re going to make sure those doors remain shut.”

Trump has to win some traditionally Democratic states to secure the 270 electoral votes needed for the presidency.


1:15 p.m.

Donald Trump is making a surprise stop at a local outpost of a beloved Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain.

Trump briefly visited a Wawa in King of Prussia. He stopped by after a speech attacking President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The Republican presidential nominee wandered the store for a few minutes and posed for selfies with a trio of customers. He did not purchase anything.

He was joined by staffers, his daughter Tiffany and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.

Trump has made several recent stops in the Philadelphia suburbs, a vote-rich area crucial to winning Pennsylvania.

The Republican’s campaign has doggedly tried to win the state, but has consistently trailed in the polls. Pennsylvania last went for a Republican presidential candidate in 1988.


1 p.m.

The latest Wikileaks release reveals that the Clinton campaign looked to neuter the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee as far back as December.

Among the options discussed in the hacked campaign documents was forcing the chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, out of office after the party’s convention.

Other options outlined in a memo by top campaign aide Heather Stone would have kept Wasserman Schultz in place, but in a weakened capacity.

The memo urged “systemic shifts at the DNC leadership level” to help Hillary Clinton win the presidency.

Wikileaks has been releasing thousands of hacked emails from campaign chairman John Podesta.

Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation just before the convention last summer after an earlier Wikileaks hack of party emails showed party officials had favored Clinton over challenger Bernie Sanders.


12:25 p.m.

Donald Trump says that if he becomes president, he’d immediately convene a special session of Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Trump delivered what his campaign billed a major speech Tuesday about President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. He spoke in the Philadelphia suburbs, which are crucial to his hopes of winning Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania.

Trump said Obamacare was “a catastrophe” and has to be replaced “very, very quickly.”

He said if it isn’t replaced, “we will destroy American health care forever.”

Trump left the detailed criticisms of the program to Mike Pence, his running mate. Pence delivered a lengthy takedown of the health law, highlighting the news that the cost of its premiums are rising.


11:40 a.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign will resume broadcast ads in Michigan and begin advertising in New Mexico as he tries to capture Democratic-leaning states.

Trump’s campaign is expressing new confidence in the final week of the campaign, thanks to the renewed focus on rival Hillary Clinton’s email practices.

The campaign says it will spend $25 million on ads in the final seven days of the campaign in Michigan, New Mexico and 11 other states.

Trump spent about $500,000 on Michigan ads at the end of August and the beginning of September.

Michigan hasn’t voted for a Republican since 1988. New Mexico voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Trump needs to capture some traditionally Democratic strongholds, but surveys suggest that will be difficult.


11:20 a.m.

A lawyer for Huma Abedin says the Hillary Clinton aide has always cooperated with State Department and FBI requests for information.

Attorney Karen Dunn said in a statement Tuesday that Abedin has been interviewed for hours and has provided records that are related to work and are potentially related to work.

Dunn said Abedin learned from media reports on Friday that a laptop belonging to her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, might contain emails of hers. The FBI is examining whether the emails are pertinent to its dormant investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server.

The attorney said Abedin has not been contacted by the FBI about this, but that she’ll continue to be forthcoming and cooperative.


10:15 a.m.

The Hillary Clinton campaign is back on the air in Colorado.

The campaign had suspended its television advertising in the battleground state in July. It was taken as a sign of confidence that she had the state locked up.

Her campaign says Clinton is returning to Colorado’s airwaves with a six-figure buy. That comes as polls are tightening, but Colorado Democrats are dominating early voting.

Colorado is also home to two competitive congressional races. Clinton’s return to the airwaves could help Democrats oust two Republican incumbents.


9:10 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s voted for Donald Trump, but he’s still not going to campaign with him.

Ryan said Tuesday on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” that he used early voting to cast his ballot for the Republican presidential nominee last week.

Trump is campaigning Tuesday in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin, but the speaker won’t be joining him. Ryan said he hadn’t been aware of Trump’s travel plans until 10 minutes before the Fox interview and would be in Indiana then. Trump’s travel plans had been announced at least a day in advance.

Ryan and Trump have had a rocky relationship and Ryan has previously said he wouldn’t campaign for Trump.

But Ryan said “we’ve worked with our nominee” on health care, national security, tax reform and other policy proposals.


3:55 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is not the only one playing defense after the FBI’s disclosure last week of additional emails relevant to its probe of her use of a private email server. Other Democrats are under the gun in dozens of down-ballot races that will determine who controls the House and Senate next year.

To the extent the fortunes of down-ballot Democrats rise and fall with Clinton, it’s a worrisome development for the party.

But the flare-up gives Republicans, many of whom have been repeatedly on the defensive over a slew of controversies involving GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, a chance to go on offense.


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