The latest controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email system while secretary of state is not only a possible drag on her presidential campaign, but it also creates a potential headache for Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The inspectors general for the State Department and intelligence community on Friday disclosed that an internal review of Clinton's system concluded some emails contained classified information and that the inspectors general had sent a non-criminal "referral" to the Justice Department over the matter. Lynch and her department must now determine what to do next -- including whether to open a criminal investigation -- and whatever she decides will be under intense scrutiny, especially by Republicans on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Real estate magnate Donald Trump moved to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field in a CNN poll released on Sunday, edging rival Jeb Bush and gaining support from Republicans in the last month despite a series of controversial statements. Trump was backed by 18 percent of Republicans in the CNN poll, which was conducted entirely after his July 18 criticism of Republican Senator John McCain's war record. His lead over Bush, a former Florida governor who was at 15 percent, was within the poll's margin of error. "There is a movement going on. ...
U.S. Republican presidential contender Rand Paul said on Sunday he plans to continue pushing to cut federal funding for the non-profit reproductive healthcare organization Planned Parenthood over a dispute about treatment of aborted fetal tissue. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has started a "fast-track process" to bring Paul's legislation for a vote soon, McConnell's spokesman told Reuters on Sunday. Republicans have rallied around secretly recorded videos that critics say show Planned Parenthood illegally selling aborted fetal tissue.
Donald Trump's wild ride to the front of the Republican presidential field showed no signs of abating Sunday, with a new poll showing him with a big lead in a key early primary state. The NBC/Marist poll had the trash-talking billionaire with a seven point lead in New Hampshire and just two points behind the leader in Iowa, another closely watched early primary state. A CNN/ORC poll, meanwhile, found that most Republicans voters want to see him stay in the race and 22 percent thought he would be their party's eventual nominee, ahead of every other candidate except Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor whose brother and father were presidents.
By Alana Wise WINTERSET, Iowa (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that she did not use a private email account to send or receive classified information while she was secretary of state, in response to a government inspector's letter this week. "I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time," Clinton said at a campaign stop in Iowa. The email controversy has dogged Clinton's bid for the presidency, fuelling worries that the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination has tried to sidestep transparency and record-keeping laws.
Mayci Breaux, 21, will be remembered in an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at the Church of the Assumption in Franklin, Louisiana, Ibert's Mortuary said in an online obituary. Franklin is about 50 miles southeast of Lafayette. Breaux and Jillian Johnson, 33, were killed on Thursday night when authorities said John R. Houser, fired at them and others at the Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette during the movie "Trainwreck." Houser, 59, then killed himself.
In a possible setback for Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIO’s political committee has recommended the nation’s largest labor union federation delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race as it seeks to push her to be more supportive of its policies on issues such as trade and wages. The move highlights the pressures Clinton is facing to take a tough stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed free trade deal backed by President Barack Obama but vigorously opposed by unions who see it as detrimental to jobs and wages in the U.S. Unions also want her to back labor-friendly policies on other issues, such as the minimum wage and the Federal Reserve.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will appear in October before the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, Clinton's presidential campaign said on Saturday. "Earlier this week we were pleased for Secretary Clinton to receive an offer from Congressman (Trey) Gowdy to appear before the committee in a public hearing in October, and yesterday accepted his invitation," campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said. (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Angus MacSwan)