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Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton collided in an almost unremittingly hostile debate on Sunday night, a 90-minute spectacle of character attacks, tawdry allegations, and Mr. Trump’s startling accusation that Mrs. Clinton had “tremendous hate in her heart.”

In a remarkable political maneuver, Mr. Trump said Mrs. Clinton had smeared women who accused her husband, Bill Clinton, of sexually assaulting or harassing them, seeking to salvage his presidential candidacy after explosive reports about his past lewd comments about women.

Tense at first, and then increasingly angry as he grew more comfortable on the attack, Mr. Trump noted that three of Mr. Clinton’s accusers were sitting in the audience. It was one of several moments when Mr. Trump aimed to energize his most conservative supporters and drive a wedge between them and the elected Republican officials who have been abandoning him. He even threatened that if it were up to him, Mrs. Clinton would “be in jail” for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Both candidates were visibly uneasy throughout the debate, even refusing to shake hands at the beginning, as the town hall event unfolded on a small stage in a highly charged atmosphere. It was a deeply ugly moment in American politics, featuring the sort of personal invective rarely displayed by those who aspire to lead the nation.
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“Bill Clinton was abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked those same women — attacked them viciously,” Mr. Trump said, arguing that the accusations against Mr. Clinton were “far worse” than Mr. Trump’s own remarks in 2005 that he could grope women because he was “a star.”

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Mr. Trump apologized for those comments but also repeatedly minimized them as “locker-room talk,” and even tried to blame Mrs. Clinton for raising them in light of Mr. Clinton’s behavior.

“She brings up words that I said 11 years ago — I think it’s disgraceful, and she should be ashamed of herself, to tell you the truth,” Mr. Trump said to scattered applause.

Mrs. Clinton did not specifically rebut his charges about her husband, saying only, “So much of what he just said is not right.”

Instead, she broadened her indictment of Mr. Trump beyond the 2005 recording, assailing him for refusing to show contrition for his many inflammatory statements.

“He never apologizes to anybody for anything,” Mrs. Clinton said. She unfurled a litany of his provocations, including his mocking a Gold Star family, accusing a Hispanic judge of being biased by virtue of his ethnicity, ridiculing a reporter who has a disability, and falsely claiming that President Obama was not born in America.

“Yes, this is who Donald Trump is,” Mrs. Clinton said about his 2005 remarks. “The question for us, the question our country must answer, is that this is not who we are.”

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After a tumultuous political weekend, the debate was watched extremely closely by Republican members of Congress, who are deciding whether to join dozens of elected officials who have broken away from the party’s nominee.

Mr. Trump’s performance was sure-footed enough that no more Republican officials disavowed him in the immediate aftermath of the debate, and it prompted his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, to assure him via Twitter he would remain on the ticket after Mr. Trump’s “big debate win.”

Mr. Trump’s attacks on the Clintons — including a promise that, as president, he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Mrs. Clinton’s email practices — were striking even in a presidential campaign that has often seemed like a race to the bottom because of Mr. Trump’s no-holds-barred assaults on his rivals.

But no single answer by Mr. Trump seemed sufficient to put to rest the controversy over his 2005 remarks. As much as he apologized, he did not confess or reveal anything new about his treatment of women over the years. Instead, Mr. Trump alternated between sounding chastened or defensive and trying to energize his base, which remains deeply hostile to Mrs. Clinton.

He did so by blasting Mrs. Clinton relentlessly over her State Department email and repeatedly interrupting her, barely concealing his contempt. He said again that Mrs. Clinton should be “ashamed” of herself for deleting some of the personal emails she sent as secretary of state.

“Oh, you didn’t delete them?” he said sarcastically.

Mrs. Clinton, plainly exasperated, shot back: “O.K., Donald. I know you’re into big diversion tonight — anything to avoid talking about your campaign and the way it’s exploding and the way Republicans are leaving you.”

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At several points, Mr. Trump expressed his frustration with the moderators, Anderson Cooper of CNN and Martha Raddatz of ABC, demanding that Mr. Cooper focus more on one of Mrs. Clinton’s biggest vulnerabilities, her email.

“Why aren’t you bringing up the emails?” he asked, before flatly accusing the moderators of conspiring against him. “It’s nice, one on three,” he said.

Mr. Trump appeared more confident and aggressive than he had in the first debate, often dismissing Mrs. Clinton’s arguments out of hand and painting her as a politician “for 30 years” who had no record of accomplishment.

“It’s just words, folks; it’s just words,” he said about Mrs. Clinton’s policy proposals. Forty-five minutes later, he added, “It’s all talk and no action.”

Mr. Trump made little, if any, effort to appeal to moderate voters, instead hurling a series of insults at Mrs. Clinton. At one point, an audience member pressed him about whether he could be a “devoted president” for all Americans, and he said emphatically that he could be, without acknowledging that his comments over the past year had been extraordinarily divisive. Instead, he attacked Mrs. Clinton.

“She calls our people ‘deplorable,’ a large group, and irredeemable,” Mr. Trump said, invoking a comment that Mrs. Clinton made last month disparaging what she said was half of Mr. Trump’s supporters.

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Mrs. Clinton’s response reflected a strategy of hers throughout the town hall-style debate: trying to engage directly with the undecided voters in the audience who asked some of the questions, and showing her empathetic side.

“Mr. Carter,” she said, naming the man who asked the question, “I have tried my entire life to do what I can to support children and families. You know, right out of law school, I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund. And Donald talks a lot about, you know, the 30 years I’ve been in public service. I’m proud of that.”

Mr. Trump, however, was far less concerned with connecting with the voters seated in front of him than with attacking Mrs. Clinton in ways that would rally his voters behind him, and against the Republican officials who have been coming out against him.

“She’s lied about a lot of things,” Mr. Trump said, contending that Mrs. Clinton’s shift to opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal was a falsehood. Moments later, he painted her in some of his most vicious language of the campaign.

“She has tremendous hate in her heart,” Mr. Trump said. “She has tremendous hatred.”

In that moment and several others, Mr. Trump sought to bait Mrs. Clinton into lashing out, just as she did to great effect during their first debate. But she kept her composure, while Mr. Trump often seemed disgusted and running at a high boil.

He even swiped at the Republicans now disavowing him, saying they should have done a better job holding Mrs. Clinton accountable over her emails. “I am so disappointed in congressmen, including Republicans, for allowing this to happen,” he said.

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He also used a question about Mr. Pence’s hard-line rhetoric on Russia at last week’s vice-presidential debate to breezily dismiss his running mate.

“He and I haven’t spoken, and I disagree,” Mr. Trump said.

Mrs. Clinton found herself on the defensive more than in the first debate, as Mr. Trump showed himself capable of some agility. When the moderators challenged her over revelations that in one of her paid speeches, she had asserted that politicians needed a “public and a private position” in making deals, she gave a meandering answer about how her remarks related to the plot of the Steven Spielberg film “Lincoln.”

Mr. Trump pounced.

“She got caught in a total lie,” he said. “Now she’s blaming the lie on the late, great Abraham Lincoln.” As some audience members laughed, he added, “Honest Abe never lied.”

Mrs. Clinton also had several strong moments, especially early in the debate, when she reminded voters of Mr. Trump’s recent attacks on a former Miss Universe for gaining weight. At one point, Mr. Trump dissembled when he was pressed by a moderator about why he had posted on Twitter before dawn to accuse the beauty queen, Alicia Machado, of recording a sex tape. “It wasn’t ‘check out a sex tape,’” he said at the debate. Mr. Trump had in fact tweeted, “Check out sex tape.”

The night unfolded in dramatic fashion. Shortly before the debate, Mr. Trump held a brief news conference in St. Louis with three women — Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey — who allege that Mr. Clinton sexually assaulted or harassed them during his years in office in Arkansas or as president. They were joined by a fourth woman, Kathy Shelton, who was 12 when she was raped by a 41-year-old in Arkansas; Mrs. Clinton represented the man, who ultimately pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

Only in the final minutes was there a brief cessation in the warfare. One audience member asked the candidates to cite something positive about each other, and Mrs. Clinton reached for a common answer to such questions. “Look, I respect his children,” she said. “His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald.”
Mr. Trump thanked her for the “very nice compliment,” and then offered his own.

“I will say this about Hillary: She doesn’t quit, she doesn’t give up,” he said. “She’s a fighter.”

A moment later, after the moderators concluded the debate, Mr. Trump reached out his hand, and Mrs. Clinton shook it.

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Clinton knocks ‘outlandish Trumpian ideas’ in policy speech

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WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Her political fortunes flourishing, Hillary Clinton attempted to undercut Donald Trump’s claim to working-class voters Thursday, portraying her Republican rival as untrustworthy on economic issues and pushing policies that would only benefit the super-wealthy — himself included.

The Democratic presidential nominee sought to seize momentum as Republicans — including Trump — struck an almost defeatist note about their Election Day chances. As Republican leaders sounded alarms about Trump’s unconventional approach, Clinton attacked what she dubbed “outlandish Trumpian ideas” that have been rejected by both parties.

“Based on what we know from the Trump campaign, he wants America to work for him and his friends, at the expense of everyone else,” she said after touring a Michigan manufacturing facility.

Appearing in a county known for so-called Reagan Democrats — working-class Democrats who voted Republican in the 1980s — Clinton tried to win back some of the blue-collar voters who have formed the base of her rival’s support, making the case that she offers a steadier roadmap for economic growth and prosperity.

“I can provide serious, steady leadership that can find common ground and build on it based on hard but respectful bargaining,” she said. “I just don’t think insults and bullying is how we’re going to get things done.”

Clinton, who frequently boasts about her numerous policy plans, didn’t offer any new, major ideas to improve the country’s economy in her afternoon address. She reiterated her strong opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, leaving herself little room for backtracking should she win the White House.

“I oppose it now, I’ll oppose it after the election, and I’ll oppose it as President,” she said, while also noting that the U.S. should not cut itself off from the rest of the world.

Clinton once called the TPP the “gold standard” of trade deals when she served as Obama’s secretary of state, but she announced her opposition to the deal last year, saying it did not meet her standard for creating jobs, raising wages and protecting national security.

Hoping to keep the pressure on Trump, Clinton is also planning to release her 2015 tax returns in the coming days. Trump has said he won’t release his until an IRS audit is complete, breaking tradition with every presidential candidate in recent history.

A source close to Clinton said she would soon release her return, supplementing the decades of filings she and her husband have already made public. Her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, and his wife will also release the last 10 years of their taxes. The source spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the plans in advance.

Clinton’s appearance followed Trump’s own speech on the economy, which he delivered in Michigan on Monday. But his scripted remarks were quickly eclipsed by the latest in a series of blunders and controversial statements that appear to have handed Clinton’s campaign a boost in the polls, particularly with Republican women and college-educated voters who make up a key piece of the GOP base.

Just hours before her address, Trump unleashed another round of attacks on Democrats, calling Obama the “founder” of the Islamic State militant group — and Clinton its co-founder.

The Republican presidential nominee brushed off conservative radio commentator Hugh Hewitt’s attempt to reframe Trump’s observation as one that said Obama’s foreign policy created the conditions in Iraq and Syria that allowed IS to thrive.

“No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do,” Trump said, using another acronym for the extremist group that has wreaked havoc from the Middle East to European cities.

The latest bit of controversy shook Republicans, already rattled by polling showing Trump losing support among women and other segments of their party’s base.

Dozens of frustrated Republicans gathered signatures Thursday for a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that urges the party chief to stop helping Trump and instead focus GOP resources on protecting vulnerable Senate and House candidates. Speaking to reporters in Kentucky on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell described Republicans’ chances of keeping control of the Senate after the November elections as “very dicey.”

A draft of the letter, which operatives say has at least 70 signatories, warns that Trump’s “divisiveness, recklessness, incompetence, and record-breaking unpopularity risk turning this election into a Democratic landslide.”

Trump said he had no intention of changing his inflammatory approach to presidential politics, pledging in a CNBC interview to “just keep doing the same thing I’m doing right now.”

But he seemed to acknowledge the risk his campaign — and party — was taking. “At the end, it’s either going to work or I’m going to, you know, I’m going to have a very, very nice long vacation,” he said.

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Associated Press writer Josh Lederman contributed to this report from Abingdon, Virginia. Lerer reported from Washington.

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Karl Rove: Trump, Clinton must now confront violence, grief gripping America

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Every week, Fox News contributor Karl Rove wraps up the last week in politics and offers an inside look at the week ahead.

“Events, dear boy, events”: When asked what he feared most as his nation’s leader more than half a century ago, British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan reputedly replied, “Events, dear boy, events.” Last week, America’s leaders – and presidential candidates – had to deal with important events. Two black men – one in a Baton Rouge, La., convenience store parking lot and another in a car in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn. – were shot dead by police officers. Then a black racist responded by ambushing 12 white police officers in Dallas, killing five.

Events have intruded into the presidential campaign, and these issues – cop shootings and violence against police – will remain front and center for the foreseeable future. With more attacks on police over the weekend in Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia and Texas and additional protests against police shootings across the country, many Americans are deeply concerned that the country is coming apart. This sentiment will not go away easily.

How Did They Do? Both candidates did well, especially Donald Trump, whose statement was posted on Facebook and picked up by the networks and cables. He strongly defended the police, while calling the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile “senseless” and saying “racial divisions have gotten worse.”

Though Hillary Clinton appeared at a conference of black religious leaders to urge national guidelines for use of force by police, both candidates canceled campaign rallies on Friday, with Clinton postponing one with Vice President Joe Biden. As Judiciary Committee chairman, Biden steered through the 1994 crime bill that some black activists condemn as having caused too many young black men to be incarcerated.

People are not looking for a politician or office-seeker in these terrible events. They are searching for their next president, a person who will help heal the country.

These issues will remain part of America’s public dialogue, and both candidates have strengths in dealing with them. Trump is viewed as a strong leader and comes across as a true supporter of law enforcement. Clinton has adopted a more unifying tone in her campaign and, driven by a desire to maximize black turnout, strives to be more emphatic with the African-American community.

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Ironically, the candidate who deals with these issues in a more apolitical way – projecting strength and unity, finding a positive voice to call the country together, defending the vital role of the police and the rule of law while demonstrating a concern with justice for those wrongly killed – is the candidate who will most likely benefit. People are not looking for a politician or office-seeker in these terrible events. They are searching for their next president, a person who will help heal the country.

Guilty, but unindicted: Last week started with FBI Director James Comey finding Clinton guilty of setting up an unauthorized private email server, being “extremely reckless” in handling classified material and making false statements to the American people about why she did it, whether she sent or received classified material and if she handed over all her official emails. Then he refused to indict. This issue is not going away.

How did they handle the email controversy? Clinton and her surrogates said the fact that she escaped indictment meant this issue is now old news. But she’s been found guilty in the court of public opinion as dishonest and untrustworthy; everything she said about her private server turned out to be a lie. And the “chance” meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the report in the New York Times that Clinton might keep Lynch as A.G. added to the perception that there’s one set of rules for the Clintons and one for everyone else.

Surprisingly, in his first rally after Comey’s announcement, Trump spent most of his Cincinnati speech on Wednesday defending his campaign’s use of a Star of David in a weekend tweet. Trump’s failure to dwell on Clinton’s email scandal meant the headlines were all about the Star of David, not the case against Hillary. He’s got plenty of time to return to the issue, but Trump missed a big opportunity. Simply screaming “Crooked Hillary” at rallies won’t make this controversy the important part of the decisions of swing voters it should be.

Leftward, Ho! Hillary continued her long march to the democratic socialist fringe of the Democratic Party last week, seeking to appease Bernie Sanders’ followers by endorsing free college for anyone whose family income is less than $125,000 (as long as the kid goes to a public university). She then came out for the “government option” in health care, meaning a single-payer socialist system like in most of Europe, allowing people 55 or older to enroll in Medicare (whose hospital trust fund is already going bankrupt in 2030) and other platform planks backed by the Sandernistas.

Her allies and President Obama’s people rebuffed the Berniacs when they proposed a plank that explicitly opposed a vote on Obama’s Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership in the lame duck congressional session after the election.

Coming Attractions: Sanders will endorse Clinton this week, but will that mean the end to further challenges to the Democratic Party’s rules or any additional platform fights? I doubt it.

The Republican rules and platform committees meet this week in Cleveland. Are there likely to be fights? Maybe some scrambling about the rules, but with little consequence for this year’s convention. Watch the resolutions committee meetings, however. There could be significant struggles about the platform, some of it driven by principled disagreements, some of it jockeying for the future.

Veep: This is the week Trump must decide on his running mate and maybe announce him or her, though he could hold the news until the convention. The running mate has little effect on the election’s outcome (unless the pick is seen as a big mistake), but the choice and the decision-making process contribute to the impression voters develop about the nominee’s leadership abilities.

Most insiders had Newt Gingrich at the front of Trump’s list until recent days, when former Defense Intelligence Agency Director Gen. Michael Flynn emerged as a serious contender. Like Trump, Flynn is a political novice and outsider. Another possibility is Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a former House Republican leader who is now a Midwest governor with a reputation as a conservative and outsider.

It will be interesting to see what Trump decides – insider or outsider? Congressional experience or none? Elected officeholder or military general? At various times, he’s appeared to lean every which way.

Karl Rove joined Fox News Channel as a political contributor in February 2008. He also currently serves as a columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rove helped organize the political-action committee American Crossroads. His latest book is “The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters” (Simon & Schuster, 2015). Follow him on Twitter @KarlRove.

Donald Trump Doubles Down on Elizabeth Warren Attacks: She’s ‘Racist’

He calls her “Pocahontas” again

It seems “Trump 2.0” hasn’t quite caught on. Not long after Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasted Donald Trump in an Ohio speech Monday the man she called a “thin-skinned bully” lobbed a series of insults at Warren, calling her a “racist” and re-upping his own racially-charged nickname for her, “Pocahontas.”

In an interview with NBC News, Trump called Warren one of the “least productive Senators in the United States Senate” and accused her of lying about her heritage.

“She said she’s 5% Native American. She was unable to prove it,” Trump said. “Elizabeth Warren is a total fraud. I know it.”

The response comes in the wake of a written statement from Trump that hit Warren, not on race or heritage, but on her willingness to support Clinton despite the former Secretary of State’s ties to Wall Street. “This sad attempt at pandering to the Sanders wing is another example of a typical political calculation by D.C. insiders,” the statement said.

But over the phone, it appears, Trump was sticking to the script that landed him in first place in the Republican presidential primary, despite Republican hopes that he would pivot to a more “presidential” tone for the general election.

Trump was not the only Republican going after Warren on Monday. Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown suggested on a campaign call that Warren should take a DNA test to prove her heritage, CNN reports.

“She’s not Native American, she’s not 1/32nd, she has no Native American background, except for what her family told her,” Brown said. “The easy answer, as you all know, is that Harvard and Penn can release those records, she can authorize the release of those records, she can take a DNA test, she can release the records herself. There’s never been any effort.”

Hillary Clinton calls for greater measures to combat ISIS, advocates for stricter gun control

hillary clintonHillary Clinton addresses a crowd at a Planned Parenthood event in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton expressed sympathy for the victims of the Orlando terror attack and called for greater measures to combat ISIS-inspired acts, including better intelligence and stricter gun control laws.

In a statement released Sunday afternoon, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said the US needed to take additional action to stymie ISIS recruitment after a gunman who pledged allegiance to the terror group killed 50 and injured scores more.

“This was an act of terror,” Clinton said.

“We need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad,” she added. “That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home. It also means refusing to be intimidated and staying true to our values.”

The former secretary of state noted that the attack occurred during LGBT pride month, labeling the shooting an “act of hate” against the LGBT community.

“The gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub during Pride Month. To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them. We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly and without fear. Hate has absolutely no place in America,” Clinton said.

Clinton also echoed President Barack Obama’s call for greater gun control efforts

“We need to keep guns like the ones used last night out of the hands of terrorists or other violent criminals,” Clinton said. “This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets.”

For his part, Donald Trump went on the offensive, telling supporters on Twitter that Sunday’s attacks proved that he was the better candidate to protect the US against terror threats.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee thanked supporters who congratulated him for “being right” about the dangers of terrorist acts committed by extremists, and retweeted a tweet claiming that Clinton could not make the US safe.

Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!

Hillary Clinton emails declared ‘top secret’

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'get out the caucus' event at Grand View UniversityImage copyrightGetty Images

Twenty-two emails sent through Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server while she was secretary of state contained government secrets, US officials say.

The State Department said the messages were “top secret” and could not be released.

Spokesman John Kirby said the emails were not marked classified at the time they were sent.

Mrs Clinton’s use of a personal email as secretary of state has dogged her bid for the US presidency.

Sensitive information

Mrs Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2016 election, has been under fire for using a private computer server for work emails while in office.

Thousands of those emails have been released by the State Department, but this is the first time her messages have been labelled classified at any level.

Her campaign reacted angrily to the announcement, demanding that the emails be released in full.

“This appears to be over-classification run amok,” it said in statement.

It comes three days before she competes in the Iowa presidential caucuses – the first time the public will cast their votes in the run-up to November’s election.

Messages were marked “top secret” because they would cause “exceptionally grave” damage to national security if disclosed, the State Department said.

Intelligence officials told the Associated Press that the 37 pages being withheld concerned so-called “special access programmes” – clandestine projects such as drone strikes or government eavesdropping.

It was unclear whether Mrs Clinton sent “top secret” messages or only received the information.

Previously, sensitive information has been redacted from the published messages, but Mr Kirby said the “top secret” emails would not be released, even in part.

Mrs Clinton’s opponents have accused her of putting US security at risk by using an unsecured computer system.

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Image captionThe State Department has asked for more time to vet Mrs Clinton’s emails

The presidential hopeful has admitted that her decision to use a private email server at her New York home was a mistake.

The State Department released another batch of Mrs Clinton’s emails on Friday evening.

The department has yet to release about 7,000 pages of emails from her private server.

Officials in the State Department have asked for additional time to vet the messages because of the recent snowstorm that hit Washington.

They have asked to release the final batch messages on 29 February, which is after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.

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