Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday dropped a little October surprise said his department has Hillary Clinton’s ‘deleted’ emails and will release them before the election.
“We’re getting them out,” Pompeo told Fox News Dana Perino.
“We’ll get all of this information out so the American people can see them,” Pompeo said. “There will be more to see before the election.”
“You will remember there was classified information on a private server. It should never have been there. Hillary Clinton should never have done that. It is unacceptable behavior.”
Earlier this week Trump lashed out at Mike Pompeo for withholding the release of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“He’s running the State Department,” Trump said earlier this week on “Fox and Friends.”
“Forget about the fact they were classified. Let’s Go. Maybe Mike Pompeo finally finds them, okay.”
Recall, it was Judicial Watch in 2015 that blew the story wide open about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while she was the head of the Department of State.
Hillary Clinton famously shrugged her shoulders when a reporter asked her about “wiping her server” — “You mean with a cloth?” she said snarkily.
Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated her BleachBit emails were personal in nature and only pertained to her daughter Chelsea’s wedding and yoga.
RELEASED: Pompeo tells all on Hillary's emails, China relations and more
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comments on the latest in Hillary Clinton's thought long-deleted email messages, and whether or not the American public will get to view them as appropriate. - with Newsmax TV's Greg Kelly
With little more than three weeks remaining until Election Day, President Trump is in a race against the clock as he continues to trail former vice president Joe Biden by double digits, his standing driven down by distrust on the issue of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The president has not managed to close the gap with Biden during a tumultuous period of events that included the first presidential debate, the debate between Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Trump’s hospitalization after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. In fact, the race has changed little over a period of months, with voters seemingly impervious to the flood of news and controversies.
Biden is favored by 54 percent of likely voters, with Trump favored by 42 percent. Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen receives 2 percent support, and Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins is at 1 percent. Biden’s lead among registered voters is also 12 points, consistent with Post-ABC polls taken in recent months.
National polls reflect the status of the popular vote and not the state-by-state contests for the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Post-ABC polls of battleground states, as well as other public polls, show Biden with an advantage in that competition as well, though the state margins generally are narrower, and some states are considered toss-ups. Still, no candidate has won an electoral-college majority while losing the popular vote by a margin like Trump’s current deficit.
The major obstacles in the president’s path remain his overall approval rating and how Americans judge his handling of the pandemic. Despite his efforts, he has not been able to change those assessments, and until he does, he will struggle to overtake his Democratic challenger.
Trump’s overall approval rating among registered voters stands at 45 percent positive and 54 percent negative, with 47 percent saying they strongly disapprove. Among those who approve of his job performance, 90 percent favor him for reelection, while among those who disapprove, 93 percent favor Biden. Notably, Trump’s deficit in support to Biden has hovered close to his net approval margin throughout the election.
This is the only battleground state Trump is polling ahead
The president’s ratings on handling the pandemic are slightly worse than his overall marks, with 41 percent of registered voters saying they approve and 58 percent saying they disapprove. Slightly more than 9 in 10 who approve of his handling of the outbreak support Trump for reelection, while nearly 9 in 10 who disapprove support Biden.
Trump’s best ratings come on the economy, where 54 percent of voters approve of his performance and 45 percent disapprove. However, on this measure, there is less symmetry in how this translates into support for him and Biden. Among those who approve of his handling of the economy, 77 percent back the president, and 16 percent favor Biden. Among those who disapprove of his handling of the economy, 96 percent support Biden for president compared with 0 percent for Trump, with the remainder supporting Jorgensen, Hawkins or offering no preference.
The reason for this appears to be voters’ judgment that the president’s pandemic response matters more to them than his handling of the economy as they determine whom to support. Among the 12 percent of the electorate that approves of Trump on the economy but disapproves of the way he has handled the pandemic, 58 percent support Biden, while 19 percent back the president.
About 4 in 10 registered voters approve of Trump on both the economy and the pandemic, and more than 9 in 10 of those voters back him for reelection. Just over 4 in 10 disapprove of his handling of both, and more than 9 in 10 of them say they support Biden.
Battleground Tracker: Biden leads in Michigan and Nevada, race tied in Iowa
Trump is judged harshly both for his handling of the pandemic and for failing to take what people regard as adequate protections to avoid contracting the virus.
Almost 2 in 3 voters say Trump did not take appropriate precautions to reduce the chances of catching the coronavirus, and 6 in 10 say they do not trust the administration to provide complete and accurate information about his health. White House officials have repeatedly refused, for example, to say when the president last tested negative, a key judgment in ascertaining whether he remains contagious as he returns to campaigning.
Just over 6 in 10 say they do not trust what he says about the pandemic, including 48 percent who say they trust him “not at all” in his pronouncements.
The poll finds that about 6 in 10 voters say they believe Trump is healthy enough to carry out his duties as president. The president has said he feels good and, after holding an event at the White House on Saturday, he plans to travel to Florida on Monday for a rally.
Still, given Trump’s illness and an increase in coronavirus cases in many states, the pandemic continues to cast a shadow over the election. Nearly 8 in 10 registered voters say the virus is somewhat under control or not at all under control, although the percentage who say it is not at all under control has dropped from 49 percent in August to 35 percent this month. Nearly 2 in 3 say they are “very” or “somewhat” worried that they or a family member might catch the virus, and 8 percent say an immediate family member has been infected.
Although most Americans do not trust what Trump says about the pandemic or his handling of it, a 63 percent majority say they have confidence in the federal government as a whole to handle the outbreak, views that are nearly identical to findings in March.
Trump has sent mixed signals, at best, about wearing a mask and has disparaged Biden for his more rigorous mask-wearing and social distancing. When he returned from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last week, Trump made a show of quickly removing his mask as he stood on the balcony at the White House.
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Trump’s practices and pronouncements run counter to the views of a majority of the country, however. The poll finds that about 3 in 4 registered voters say that wearing a mask and practicing social distancing can reduce the chances of contracting the virus “a great deal” or “a good amount.”
Among the 56 percent who say those practices make a great deal of difference, Biden leads Trump in vote support by 75 percent to 20 percent. Voters who say these reduce risk “a good amount” account for about a fifth of registered voters, and they split 44 percent for Trump and 42 percent for Biden. Among the remaining quarter of registered voters who say these practices are less effective, Trump leads by 85 percent to 11 percent.
Interest in the election continues to be extremely high, with 65 percent of registered voters saying they are following it “very closely,” an increase of 11 points over the past two months. Nearly 9 in 10 say they are certain to vote or say they already have cast their ballots.
Half of all likely voters say they plan to vote early, and an additional 7 percent say they have already voted. Among likely voters who have voted or say they will vote early, 40 percent are voting by mail, and 22 percent are dropping off their ballots at a designated drop box, while 37 percent were voting in person. Over the past month, more say they will use drop boxes, and slightly fewer say they will use the Postal Service.
Likely voters 65 and older are much more likely to have already voted (15 percent) than voters under 65 (5 percent). A 64 percent majority of likely voters supporting Biden plan to vote early, and an additional 10 percent say they have already voted, leaving about a quarter who say they plan to vote on Election Day. Among likely voters supporting Trump, a 61 percent majority plan to vote on Election Day, while 33 percent plan to vote early, and 3 percent say they have already voted. Among senior likely voters, 23 percent who back Biden say they have already cast their ballots, compared with 6 percent of Trump supporters.
Enthusiasm among Trump’s supporters remains significantly higher than among Biden’s. Overall, more than 9 in 10 Trump supporters express enthusiasm, with roughly 7 in 10 saying they are “very” enthusiastic. Enthusiasm for Biden among his supporters has risen since midsummer but lags behind Trump’s coalition. Nearly 9 in 10 express some level of enthusiasm, with 52 percent saying they are “very” enthusiastic.
Full Panel: Trump Resumes Rallies With Stops In Florida, Iowa & Pennsylvania | Meet The Press
Donald Trump on Saturday held his first public event since he was found to have contracted the novel coronavirus just over a week ago, making a show of his recovery with not much time left until the Nov. 3 election.
"First of all, I'm feeling great," said the 74-year-old Republican president, who made an appearance from a balcony at the White House with a mask that he immediately removed to deliver a speech to cheering supporters.
Trump is trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden, the 77-year-old former vice president, in national polls, with the margin widening following the chaotic first presidential debate on Sept. 29, which was dominated by interruptions and insults, and his announcement three days later that he tested positive for the virus.
As he usually does in campaign rallies, the president spent a large amount of time attacking Biden and boasting of his achievements during his nearly four years as president.
But he wrapped up his remarks in about 18 minutes, much shorter than his usual campaign speeches that often last for over an hour.
Trump appears to be steadily recovering from the virus after he left the hospital where he stayed for three nights from Oct. 2 for treatment.
In a memorandum released after Trump's appearance in public on Saturday afternoon, his physician Sean Conley said the president is "no longer considered a transmission risk to others" based on morning test results.
"Now at day 10 from symptom onset, fever-free for well over 24 hours and all symptoms improved, the assortment of advanced diagnostic tests obtained reveal there is no longer evidence of actively replicating virus," he added. The memo did not clearly state whether the president tested negative for the virus.
The Trump campaign has already announced that, starting Monday, he will hold rallies in Florida, Pennsylvania and Iowa.
The president has been criticized for repeatedly downplaying the threat of the virus, but he maintained during his speech on Saturday that the pandemic is "going to disappear and is disappearing."
The United States remains the country hardest hit by COVID-19, with more 7.7 million confirmed cases and 210,000 fatalities, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Election 2020: can the Democrats win the Senate? | The Economist
Right now, our model thinks the Democrats are likely to win a majority in the Senate.
Estimated Senate seats
Our model is updated every day, blending the latest data on polls and fundraising with “fundamental” factors like incumbency and each state’s partisan lean. Below is a chart over time of our best estimate of the most likely number of Senate seats each party will win, surrounded by a range of other plausible outcomes.
Every day, our model explores 10,000 paths each Senate race could take. These simulations allow one party to do unusually well or poorly nationwide, and also provide appropriate uncertainty in each specific contest. The bars below display the probability of each of the two major parties winning a specific number of seats.
Win probability by race
Each state has two senators, but only a third are up for election at one time. Many of the 35 seats up for grabs this year are uncompetitive, so control of the Senate depends on a handful of hard-fought contests. The map below displays the party favoured to win each seat, and its estimated probability of victory.
*Democratic totals includes two independents who vote with the party. Neither is up for re-election this cycle.
Sources: Clerk of the House of Representatives; Congressional Quarterly; MIT Election Lab; VoteView; Gary Jacobson; Ballotpedia; Daily Kos Elections; OurCampaigns; state election records; Corwin Smidt; American National Election Studies; Polidata; RealClearPolitics; DC Political Report; FiveThirtyEight; US Election Atlas; Huffington Post Pollster; Congressional District Religiosity Dataset; American Community Survey; United States Census; Wikipedia; Database on Ideology, Money in Politics, and Elections; Carl Klarner; Federal Election Commission; Joseph Bafumi; Roper Center; The Economist
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