Hillary Clinton's 12-point lead over Donald Trump 'wiped out':

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Hillary Clinton's 12-point lead over Donald Trump 'wiped out':
« on: October 31, 2016, 09:08:29 AM »

FBI obtains warrant to search emails as Hillary Clinton's 12-point lead over Donald Trump 'wiped out': Monday US election briefingHillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Credit: Reuters
• Barney Henderson, New York
• Chris Graham
31 October 2016 • 6:27am

The FBI has obtained a warrant to begin searching newly discovered emails belonging to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Agents are attempting to examine as many of the emails as possible before election day on November 8. However the fact there are 650,000 emails has led to fears that the new probe could last weeks, and, if Hillary Clinton wins the election, hamper the early part of her presidency.

“The process has begun,” a federal law enforcement official said.

Emboldened by the latest Clinton scandal, Mr Trump now has a possible path to victory next week and has been targeting Democratic states. Mrs Clinton now leads by just a point in the latest Washington Post/ABC poll - she had enjoyed a 12-point margin last week.

The new emails were discovered on a device seized during an unrelated underage sexting investigation into former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who is Ms Abedin's estranged husband.

It remains unclear what connection, if any, the newly discovered emails might have to the Clinton email investigation.

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Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, last night accused James Comey, the FBI director, of possibly breaking federal law by announcing the new steps in the email investigation so close to the election.

“Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another,” Mr Reid wrote in a letter to Mr Comey.

“I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.”

Mr Trump rallied in Colorado and New Mexico yesterday, traditionally Democratic states. He then heads to Michigan today and Wisconsin on Tuesday - also Democratic leaning in recent presidential elections.

He now leads in the key swing state of Florida by four points, according to a New York Times Upshot/Siena poll released yesterday.

In Colorado, he raised questions about the state's postal voting system. "The one thing I worry about is the ballots," he said.

Mr Trump has repeatedly raised doubts about the integrity of the US election despite the fact that experts say fraud is extremely rare.

He described a fictional scene on Saturday in which ballot-counters only log the votes they like.

Nevertheless, he sounded confident: "Are we doing as well in Colorado as I'm hearing? I'm hearing like unbelievable things."

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Clinton 'would let in 650 million people ... in a week'

Donald Trump ramped up the alarmist rhetoric about immigration on Sunday, claiming Hillary Clinton would let 650 million people pour into the country in a week. 

Addressing a rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Republican nominee made the false claim while discussing border security.

Boasting about the endorsement from the union which represents ICE and border patrol officers, he told them: “You know, it would be much easier working for Obama or working for crooked Hillary because frankly when you’re working for Hillary, she wants to let people just pour in.

"You could have 650 million people pour in and we do nothing about it. Think of it, that’s what could happen. You triple the size of our country in one week. Once you lose control of your borders you have no country.”

Huma Abedin hides from 'never-ending scandalabra'

Huma Abedin, the trusted aide at the centre of the Clinton email storm, spent the weekend holed up at her luxury New York apartment, Nick Allen and David Lawler report.

Speculation mounted that Mrs Clinton would be forced to sack Ms Abedin or at least distance herself.

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's campaign manager, called the email saga a "never-ending scandalabra".

While Mrs Clinton took to the stage with Jennifer Lopez in Florida her close confidante, usually never far from the Democratic nominee's side, looked glum as she was photographed looking out of her Manhattan window.

Ms Abedin told friends she had no idea how her emails ended up on a computer she had shared with husband Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman accused of sending sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl.

She said the computer was primarily used by Mr Weiner.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with senior aide Huma Abedin aboard her campaign plane on Friday Credit: AP

Trump thanks Weiner

Mr Trump thanked Mr Weiner for his role in the FBI's discovery of new emails that may be pertinent to its investigation into Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server.

He told a rowdy rally crowd in Las Vegas that, "We never thought we were going to say thank you to Anthony Weiner".

"Hillary has nobody but herself to blame for her mounting legal problems," he said.Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner Credit: AP

Clinton: 'it's always Trump first and everyone else second'

Mrs Clinton slammed Mr Trump's lack of charitable giving, saying "it's always Donald Trump first and everyone else second", AP reports.

She singled out a Washington Post report that Mr Trump attended a fundraiser for young children with HIV but never donated money. "Who does that?" she asked.

Mrs Clinton was speaking to gay and lesbian supporters in South Florida, where she spent the day campaigning. She said Mr Trump has a "terrible record on LGBT rights" and warned he would nominate Supreme Court justices who would overturn the legality of gay marriage. Mrs Clinton urged supporters to show up to vote in big numbers, declaring, "Let's break every single record".

Picture of the dayA woman joins Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as he holds up a "Latinas for Trump" sign during a campaign rally at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas

A woman joins Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as he holds up a "Latinas for Trump" sign during a campaign rally at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday Credit: Reuters

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Analysis of the day - The rise of paranoid politics could make America ungovernable – and the FBI is fuelling the fire

Juliet Samuel writes:

Mr Comey threw all normal rules out of the window. Despite having no information about what these emails contain, and despite longstanding Justice Department policy that the FBI doesn’t make sensitive statements right before elections and never comments on ongoing investigations, Mr Comey went public. The FBI, he wrote, would “review these emails”. All hell broke loose.

Bear in mind that neither he, nor any of his staff, has yet read a single one of them and can’t do so until they obtain a court order. So the FBI’s agents have no idea whether these emails are relevant to its Clinton investigation. They don’t even know whether these emails are ones they’ve already seen among the information Ms Abedin previously handed over.

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•Donald Trump in Grand Rapids, Michigan - 12pm ET (4pm GMT)
•Donald Trump in Warren, Michigan - 3pm ET (7pm GMT)
•Mike Pence in Cocoa, Florida - 12pm ET (4pm GMT)
•Mike Pence in Maitland, Florida - 3.30pm ET (7.30pm GMT)
•Mike Pence in Clearwater, Florida - 6pm ET (10pm GMT)

•Hillary Clinton in Kent, Ohio - 12.15pm ET (4.15pm GMT)
•Hillary Clinton in Cincinnati, Ohio - 3.45pm ET (7.45pm GMT)
•Tim Kaine in Jacksonville, North Carolina -  9.15am ET (1.15pm GMT)
•Tim Kaine in Sanford, North Carolina - 1.30pm ET (5.30pm GMT)

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