Story on shaky foundation
Hillary Clinton’s campaign insisted anew Monday that she “never took action as Secretary of State because of donations to the Clinton Foundation.”
But emails newly released by the conservative group Judicial Watch showed foundation officials had little trouble getting her aides’ attention.
When Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain wanted to meet with her, top aide Huma Abedin and top foundation executive Doug Band worked on parallel tracks to make it happen, the emails show.
“Good friend of ours,” Band wrote to Abedin.
Donald Trump said a special prosecutor should investigate Clinton. He also called for the foundation to be disbanded immediately. Doing that, Clinton’s campaign said, would “threaten lives” because of lifesaving work the foundation provides around the world.
Wait, there’s more
A federal judge has given the State Department until Sept. 23 to come up with a plan to release 14,900 documents it received from the FBI as part of the investigation into Clinton’s use of her private email server.
That raises the prospect that at least some batches will go public before Election Day. And more may come after.
Don’t thank me for your server
Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell crossed party lines to endorse Democrat Barack Obama in 2008, and he’s been critical of Trump.
But he doesn’t sound like he’s ready to endorse Clinton either, following disclosures that she told the FBI she leaned on his advice in using private email. He told a reporter at a weekend charity event in the Hamptons that “her people are trying to pin it on me.”
Redrawing the boundaries?
It’s been more than a year since Trump vowed to kick out 11 million immigrants who are in the country illegally, and he said on Fox News Monday he’s “not flip-flopping” on that. But he’s gone hazier on the details.
“We want to come up with a really fair, but firm answer,” Trump said. Just when that will happen is also unclear. He postponed a major immigration speech he was set to deliver Thursday in Colorado.
And the wall? “That wall will go up so fast your head will spin,” Trump told a rally in Ohio Monday night.
Trump’s offensive team
Personal social media posts by some paid Trump’s campaign staffers declare that Muslims are unfit to be U.S. citizens, ridicule Mexican accents, mock black people and state readiness for a possible civil war, according to a review by The Associated Press.
The AP said its findings came as Trump is showing new interest in appealing to minority voters, insisting he will be fair in dealing with immigrants and pitching himself to African-Americans by saying “What do you have to lose?”
No insults to see here
Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, declared Sunday that “he doesn’t hurl personal insults.” So clearly he meant no offense in this Monday tweet storm against MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and its hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski:
“Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess!”
“Some day, when things calm down, I’ll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure longtime girlfriend, @morningmika. Two clowns!
Numbers holding steady
The latest NBC News-Survey Monkey tracking poll shows Clinton leading Trump 50 to 42 percent, or 43 to 38 percent when Gary Johnson (11 percent) and Jill Stein (5 percent) are included.
Clearly Trump has problems with minority voters, with the GOP candidate at only 8 percent among African-American voters, according to the findings.
What else is happening
- Running mate Mike Pence burst out laughing when a Fox News interviewer asked about Trump’s claim that he would win 95% of the black vote in 2020 if elected in 2016. “Well, that’s Donald Trump,” said Pence, who left it at this: “Support is gonna grow.” (Video here.)
- More laughter ensued later in the day on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel LIve" as Clinton mocked Trump-fed health rumors by asking the comic host to feel her wrist for a pulse and then opening a pickle jar to show strength.
- A 12-year-old boy is running Trump’s campaign field office in Jefferson County, Colorado.
- Republicans are showing voter registration gains in Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Iowa — a hopeful sign for Trump, Politico reported. Democrats are doing better in Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.
- The emergence of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as one of Trump’s most incendiary advocates and alter egos is examined by The Washington Post.
- Trump’s personality has worn thin on a number of voters who no longer support him, according to a focus group conducted for CBS News by pollster Frank Luntz. His support is holding firmer among military veterans, The Washington Post found, despite his dust-up with a Gold Star family.
- Did photos reveal a Secret Service agent carrying an auto-injector drug syringe in case Clinton had a seizure? No, that was a flashlight, a Secret Service spokeswoman told CNN, debunking the latest unfounded health rumor spread by Trump allies.
- Ukrainian-Americans who long have tilted Republican are backing away from Trump because of his Russia-friendly moves, The New York Times says.
- The Bernie Sanders movement, in its post-primary phase, is already showing signs of internal turmoil, Politico reports.
- A season of trickery escalates with a report that a convicted con man fished for information about anti-Trump GOP operatives. What was the end game?
- Now a 'Lyin Hillary' doll is touted on a Web site for $25 apiece.