WASHINGTON – The Latest on the 2016 campaign (all times EDT):
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is seizing on a New York Times report about rival Donald Trump’s taxes as a sign of his business failures and evidence he may not have paid taxes for years.
Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook said in a statement that “this bombshell report reveals the colossal nature of Donald Trump’s past business failures and just how long he may have avoided paying any federal income taxes whatsoever.”
Mook says the report shows Trump lost nearly a billion dollars, “stiffed small businesses, laid off workers, and walked away from hardworking communities.”
And he said Trump “apparently got to avoid paying taxes for nearly two decades.”
He challenged Trump to go ahead and release his returns.”
Tax records obtained by The New York Times show that Donald Trump’s business losses in 1995 were so large that they could have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for as many as 18 years.
In a story published online late Saturday, The Times said it anonymously received the first pages of Trump’s 1995 state income tax filings in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The filings show a net loss of $915,729,293 in federal taxable income for the year.
That Trump was losing money during the early to mid-1990s — a period marked by bankruptcies and poor business decisions — was already well established. But the records obtained by the Times show losses of such a magnitude that they potentially allowed Trump to avoid paying taxes for years, possibly until the end of the last decade.
Trump’s campaign released a statement on Saturday lashing out at the Times for publishing the records and accused the newspaper of working to benefit the Republican nominee’s presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump says his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton should be in prison.
The Republican presidential contender has long accused his Democratic opponent of corruption. But he seemed to go a step further Saturday night at a rally in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
He also questioned her physical stamina and her mental health and said she has contempt for Americans.
Trump supporters often chant, “Lock her up!” during his events. But Trump himself has avoided such language in the past.
Donald Trump is again questioning the integrity of the nation’s voting system.
The Republican presidential nominee warned his supporters to keep a close eye on polling places after they vote next month — especially in “certain areas.”
Trump made the comments Saturday night during a rally in Manheim, Pennsylvania.
He said, “We can’t lose an election because of, you know what I’m talking about.” He added: “A lot of bad things happen. I don’t want to lose for that reason.”
Trump has repeatedly suggested that only election fraud could stop him from becoming president. There has never been evidence of widespread voting fraud in the United States.
Donald Trump is unveiling a new strategy to attract Bernie Sanders’ supporters.
The Republican nominee on Saturday night will highlight a leaked audio recording of Hillary Clinton from a private fundraiser in February, when she was still running against Sanders in the Democratic primary. In the recording, Clinton says many young people who support Sanders are living in their parents’ basements, unsatisfied with their education and jobs.
In prepared remarks released by Trump’s campaign ahead of a Saturday night rally in Pennsylvania, Trump says, “Hillary Clinton thinks Bernie supporters are hopeless and ignorant basement dwellers.”
The Trump campaign thinks it can attract a significant number of Sanders’ Democratic supporters who are unhappy with Clinton as their nominee.
Sanders has endorsed Clinton and campaigned with her earlier in the week.
In a leaked recording from a February fundraiser, Hillary Clinton expressed empathy for young voters who sided with her then-primary opponent, Bernie Sanders.
The hacked recording of Clinton at the fundraiser in Virginia was published by the Washington Free Beacon. During the event, Clinton said that many young people are “children of the Great Recession. And they are living in their parents’ basement. They feel that they got their education and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves.”
Clinton added that for people who don’t see any economic opportunities, being part of a political revolution is “pretty appealing.”
In a tweet, Republican Donald Trump seized on the comments. “Crooked H is nasty to Sanders supporters behind closed doors,” he said.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign says she raised $154 million last month for her presidential bid.
September was Clinton’s best fundraising month yet, landing $84 million plus another $70 million for Democratic Party committees.
Clinton’s campaign and joint accounts with the party began this month with $150 million in the bank, her aides say.
Donald Trump has not yet reported his September fundraising but said he raised a formidable $18 million for his campaign and the Republican Party in a single day last week.
Donald Trump’s friends and even his foes agree that he’s at his best in scripted moments — such as when he speaks with the aid of a teleprompter.
But Trump’s frequent unscripted moments are often drowning them out, diverting attention from his economic message and alienating women and minorities with early voting already underway in some states.
His speech Friday night in Michigan was the latest example of Trump’s sharpened focus on the economy and on Hillary Clinton’s shortcomings.
But earlier this week he fueled a political firestorm by attacking a former Miss Universe, first seizing on her weight and then calling on the world to view her “sex tape.”
The head of the Homeland Security Department says hackers have made their way into state election systems “in a few cases,” but the federal government hasn’t found “any manipulation” so far of voting information.
Jeh (jay) Johnson says 21 states have contacted the agency for help in safeguarding their election systems, and he’s urging additional requests for cybersecurity assistance.
A department official told The Associated Press on Friday that hackers have targeted the voter registration systems of more than 20 states in recent months.
Federal officials and many cybersecurity experts have said it would be nearly impossible for hackers to alter an election’s outcome because election systems are decentralized and generally not connected to the internet.