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clear evidence that secretary clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extre extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. >> in short, comey concluded that hillary clinton and her team were careless but not criminal. now, for a week, it appeared to be an open question, if the fbi would re-evaluate its findings two fridays ago. comey informed congress has investigators stumbled upon new, potentially pertinent e-mails uncovered on a computer, one we found out was shared by disgraced ex-congressman anthony weiner with his wife, clinton
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aide huma abedin. pamela, once again, a curve ball thrown into this by fbi director comey. >> yeah. it's been a bit of a roller coaster ride to say the least, jake. a surprise letter from comey to letters of congress saying the fbi reviewed all of the relevant e-mails from anthony weiner computer in the separate investigation. all the e-mails to and from hillary clinton and the fbi saying after the review, it stands by the decision, the recommendation of no charges. it gave that back in july. i can tell you, this is a surprise. by all accounts, jake, from folks we've spoken to in the fbi, my colleague, evan perez and i, this was something that was going to take a while. it was expected this review would not wrap up until after the election because of how lengthy it can be, separating the e-mails and going to the different agencies to determine if there was classified information. clearly, fbi director james comey was aware of how high the stakes were with the election right around the corner. based on this letter, he said,
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i'm very grateful to the professionals at the fbi for doing an extraordinary amount of high quality work in a short amount of time. they've been working around the clock since the new e-mails were uncovered. as a result of that, the fbi reviewed the additional e-mails to and from hillary clinton and determined that there still should not be charges. the bar was always high, jake. remember, the fbi did find classified information on hillary clinton's e-mails in the initial investigation over the course of that year. but it didn't recommend charges because i had to prove intent, that these e-mails, that the people sending them, including hillary clinton, knowingly and willingly sent classified information. the bar was very high in the new batch of e-mails to uncover intent. it is clear, according to the fbi's letter, that did not happen. what's unclear, jake, is whether new classified information was found in these e-mails. how many belonged to hillary clinton and how many were duplicates. those details are not included.
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the big news is that this probe is over for now. unless they find more e-mails. and that the fbi stands by its decision back in july, no charges against hillary clinton, jake. >> in this rather brief letter, the fbi director, james comey, said that since his letter of two fridays ago, october 28th, the fbi investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of e-mails from that device. presumably, he means that literally. they have actually been working 24/7 or close to it. >> yeah. >> dana bash, i suspect what we're going to see now, first after the july conclusion by director comey and the fbi, that hillary clinton's actions were careless but not criminal, and donald trump and republicans attacked him and democrats defended him. as of last friday, everybody switched places and democrats attacked him and republicans defended him. i suspect we'll go back in this game of musical chairs to the original position, with republicans attacking him and democrats defending him. am i being cynical? >> no.
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i shouldn't be laughing. but there is nothing else really i think you can do at this point. but to look at how bananas this is. you already are seeing from kellyanne conway, donald trump's campaign manager, sending out a tweet saying, you know, to the democrats who are saying ha, ha, we told you so, what happened to the way that you trashed james comey before? to be fair, what the democrats and what the hillary clinton campaign -- hillary clinton herself, what they had been saying, certainly, they were very critical of comey. but it was because he left such a gray area. he allowed the speculation. he sort of threw this out there without any conclusion. allowed the republicans to interpret it in a way that benefitted them in the highest, highest, sort of most political moment in any time in american history. so that is why, american history, what i mean is a week or so before a presidential
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election. so that is why this is turn on its head. privately, i was texting with a senior republican strategist, who said that there's no question that this is good for hillary clinton. you can't change the votes that have already happened, early voting, but there is no question it is good. the question for hillary clinton, how are they going to get this out there? i was texting with a clinton aide who said, well, it's more of a distraction because it was blocking out the sun. take from that what you will. >> tens of millions of americans have already voted in early voting. gloria borger, i'll bring you in here. we should make a note to people who this is their first presidential election they've paid attention to, maybe some younger viewers. when grown-ups use the term october surprise, usually, there is one of them. not 30 of them. we had the acce"access hollywoo video, the women making accusations, the comey letter from october 28th and now we're
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in november, i suppose. but this is all rather unchartdr territory. >> we're not used to november surprises. in terms of talking about how democrats and republicans are going to react to this, i've been texting with a couple of democrats who are still furious at comey. because they believe that he just basically said, nevermind. after turning the presidential race on its head not too long ago. they believe that he did need to do this in the first place. and the fear is that the damage has been done because, as you point out, there have been millions of people who have early voted, and maybe some of those people would have voted for hillary clinton and decided not to after this. the question -- and republicans, of course, will be furious with him for making the case that, oh, by the way, nothing has changed, and this quickly. we should note that it is remarkable that the fbi or anything in government has moved
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as quickly as this has. so that's kind of stunning to everybody. i'm sure that the republicans will say, well, well, well, this is a bit of a whitewash, we are sure. it's not as if he has removed the fbi from politics now. because i think the damage was already done when he sent his original letter to congress. when we pull back from this, both sides will still be angry with him. the question is, does hillary clinton talk about this a lot or not? i mean, i think that is a decision they have to make. i believe that donald trump probably will just continue to talk about hillary clinton and her e-mails, as he did before today. >> interesting. gloria borger, pamela brown and dana bash, thank you, one and off. jeff zeleny is traveling with the clinton campaign. they are in cleveland, ohio, right now. a very key battleground, where polls have the candidates neck and neck. perhaps donald trump with a slight edge. jeff, we have not yet heard from secretary clinton since this
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news broke. her campaign has come out and said that they feel the matter is resolved and clinton is exonerated. >> they have, jake. she is on her way to this rally site. here, you can see democratic senator sherrod brown is warming up the crowd. she could be here any minute. they are still deciding if she will address this. i talked to one aide early on who said he assumed she would address this. the reality is, the best way for the clinton campaign to get this word out is for the candidate herself to make a statement from the podium. that's not yet been decided, i'm told. this will be her first opportunity to make a statement here. she has another event this evening in new hampshire. i have been talking to democrats close to the campaign. one democrat told me this, he said, it is impossible to fully undo the damage the last nine days. i asked why. a lot of early vote has already come in. even more than that, the campaign knows that this, you know, revelation and conversation over the last nine
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days has damaged secretary clinton among independents and republican women, leaning toward voting for her and switched in the last nine days. one other democrat close to the campaign described this to me as a wound that cannot be quickly healed. so it is unclear if this will change the last chapter of the race. the campaign says it is resolved. that may be true, but politically, it still has, you know, put all this into the atmosphere here that won't quickly dissipate. jake, what we're watching for here is hillary clinton, appearing here with lebron james, to talk about his endorsement, will discuss this when she campaigns in critical cleveland. critical cuyahoga county, ohio, one of the most important swing counties in the country. >> jeff, let me ask you, two days before the election, two days is generally, in politic, not considered enough time to deliver a message. there are no doubt going to be millions of americans who go to the polls on tuesday who know
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about comey's letter from two fridays ago but do not end up learning about this new letter before they vote. >> no question. people are voting as we speak, at this hour here in ohio. and so many other early voting states. the clinton campaign realizes this will take a few days to clean up, just as it did sort of to seep into the atmosphere. when this first happened nine days ago, it took a few days for the clinton campaign to get a sense of what this was going to do to the campaign. so it will take as much time to sort of turn it around here. but they are considering a variety of things. one, she could do an interview on this. the best way is for a candidate to talk about it. jake, you can be sure that they will be singing rafters. i expect donald trump will ignore it entirely, so his supporters don't see it. the democrat close to the campaign said they can't undo
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the damage this has done over the last nine days. >> jeff zeleny in cleveland with the clinton campaign. sarah murray is at the site of a trump rally in minneapolis, in a state that many republicans are skeptical donald trump can win. no republican has won in a presidential race since the nixon landslide of 1972. sarah, tell us about the strategy of going to minnesota. before you get to that, what is the reaction on the trump campaign to this comey letter? >> so far, we're not hearing from donald trump himself about this latest comey letter. he is continuing to hammer hillary clinton as a corrupt politician. we are seeing his campaign manager, kellyanne conway, on twitter, mocking the clinton campaign for being critical. she's on television right now knocking comey herself for how he has handled this
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investigation. as for donald trump, we haven't heard from him directly on this, as he campaigns here in minnesota. as you pointed out, this has been a blue bastion for three decades. all the polls show trump trailing behind. his campaign manager, kellyanne conw conway, is insisting their internal numbers show them tied. he hasn't had a presence here. this is his first rally in the state. he doesn't have a crowd organization to capitalize it if they did see a sudden surge of momentum. it is a long shot for donald trump. it is a way for him to be out here and say they're trying to make progress into blue states and to look like they're playing on offense, even though they're trying to sort of figure out what path could actually get them to 270, jake. >> sarah murray in minneapolis with the trump campaign. thank you so much. let's get some reaction now from laura coates, a cnn legal analyst and former federal prosecutor. joins me in studio.
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also, we have with us, journalist and author, carl burnstein. comey's letter basically saying, nevermind. >> if it could have been resolved so quickly, why didn't you wait to give the letter in the first place? it's a precedent that comey continues to set. though the recent e-mail probe may be over, jake, well, he hasn't essentially said, i'm no longer going to insert myself into politics any longer. what if more e-mails come out before the inauguration and, in fact, she is elected president? this is an ongoing thing that will be capitalized on by the trump campaign and going forward for her opponents if she does takes office. because the whole point of this is essentially saying, we're not going to have a court of law decide. it's going to be the court of public opinion. the court of public opinion is exhausted at the prospect of impeachment proceedings or anything else. i think his impact is going to
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be far more lasting. it won't really be resolved by his continuous letters to congress, where he says, you know, it's a big nevermind. it is a big no problem here. we're going to maybe still have more e-mails that may come out during the course of investigations that aren't yet closed that would involve either her colleagues or herself. >> fbi director comey isn't here to defend himself. i'll play devil's advocate. if fbi director comey came out in july and spoke as freely as he did in the press conference, as well as to congress, because he felt it was -- transparency was important, for people to understand the integrity of his decision. that motivated him two fridays ago. hey, i testified under oath that all the evidence has been reviewed. suddenly, we have new information and that makes the statement no longer true. let me clarify with new information. then once again, he is doing something in the name, in his mind, of transparency and integrity. could you not see it through that lens and maybe not have the
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tougher conclusion that you reach? >> as a former public servant, i think those viewpoints are selfish. the idea that one would have to confirm or defend one's own objectivity, the position where he has a ten-year tenure, outlasting any president of even two terms, the onus was not on him to prove his objectivity. it was to adhere to the proper protocol in place by the people he serves, the greater united states, but more specifically, the department of justice. he had instruction from loretta lynch, the sitting attorney general and the former ag, eric holder, who put into place protocols to say we don't want to, one, allow our viewpoints to interfere with anyone's political motivation, but more importantly, we don't comment onion going investigations. i understand his selfish motivation to say, i'd like to make sure everybody here knows i'm on the up and up. i didn't do the service he needed to do as a public
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servant. >> let me go to carl on the phone. the idea that this e-mail -- the letter that was released two fridays ago, that these e-mails wouldn't have been mentioned to congress unless it was something serious was definitely, basically, conventional wisdom. he'd never do this unless it really could throw a wrench into the conclusion reached in july. that's what i believe a lot of people concluded. it doesn't seem to be the case. >> it doesn't seem to be the case. at the same time, republicans that i've talked to already don't seem willing to let go of this bone. that the dogs are still going to be chewing at this. they're furious now at comey and there is no sign that i can see that those who pursued this matter in congress, the republicans, are going to let go of this. particularly because of the element of hillary clinton's closest aide, huma abedin, and
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just the optics and exploitation of the notion that anthony weiner is involved in this. in terms of the election itself, hillary clinton has a chance here to perhaps not put this behind her but if she wins the election, particularly, to make talk to the american people about how this could be put behind her if she is the president elect for the good of the country. and she's got an opportunity here that she did not have two hours ago. >> carl, forgive me for bringing it up, but i was watching "all the president's men" a couple days ago. i was thinking of the fact that donald trump and others in the campaign was saying this is worse than watergate. we haven't had an opportunity to speak since the story broke two week ago. is this worse than watergate? >> no. the server has always been about hillary clinton's awful judgment. it was inexcusable, what she did. at the same time, watergate was
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about a criminal president of the united states. who presided over a criminal presidency from the time he came to office till the day he left. 48 people were found guilty or pleaded guilty in watergate. 30 something of them went to jail. it was an enormous conspiracy to undermine the very notion of government that serves the people, of free elections. there's never been anything in our history like it and hopefully there won't be again. but part of the problem, i think, for all of us who covered this story, we've tried to cover it as a matter of hillary clinton's judgment. as a legal matter, as well. at the same time, perhaps we have lost in the process some sense of comparison. there is no comparison. it is apples and oranges when you start to talk about watergate and about impeachment of a criminal president of the united states. >> carl bernstein and laura
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the scene in cleveland, ohio. we are awaiting former secretary of state hillary clinton and king james. lebron james of the nba championship winning cleveland cavaliers will appear in that key battleground state. we will bring you her remarks when she appears. we are following breaking news. the director of the fbi has written a new letter to congress this afternoon. a new letter to congress saying that, basically, remember that letter that he sent congress on two fridays ago? basically, nevermind. we're sticking with our original conclusion in july, that what secretary clinton and her staff did when it came to the e-mail server was careless but not criminal. let's bring in a democrat ic
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clinton supporter. your reaction to the comey news, this letter saying, basically, nevermind. >> well, jake, this is a major, major development. to have this happen with two days remaking, as you yourself has pointed out, that is not a lot of time for people to hear about it, to learn about it. my initial hope here is that the newscasters across the country will be covering this as much as they covered this letter for the last week. because i have this new letter in front of me. it basically says that they worked around the clock. they reviewed a large volume of e-mails and, quote, based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in july with respect to secretary clinton. this matter is resolved. ads have been run during the last week, charges have been made against secretary clinton that are completely unfair. now that the cloud is lifted, in the next two days, the citizens
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of this country can go back and look at who they want as commander in chief based on what they saw in the two hree debate. it is very clear and it should be hillary clinton. >> donald trump in your home state of minnesota today. the trump campaign claiming polls show the race tightening. it is a state that hasn't gone republican for a presidential candidate since the nixon landslide of 1972. are you worried as your colleague from minnesota is about the state? could it go trump? >> first of all, we always welcome candidates to our state. but i'll tell you whithis, 500, early voters. 65% there for secretary clinton, double the early voters we've seen. i'm talking about democratic votes. we feel very good about the early votes. we feel very good about her strength in the state. we have one of the highest voter
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turnouts in the country. doesn't mean we're not going to work as hard as we can, but i believe that donald trump is doing a trip, quick stops in many, many states. the bottom line is she is strong in minnesota. we're going to win it for minnesota. this new news for independent voters, for people that were kind of confused at what was going on during the last week, is so significant. the fbi director, who is a bush appointee, who has been appointed by a republican president, has come out and said, nothing changes his conclusions, which he already said in july, it was not a close call. there was no case against her. so this is a big deal. i just implore you and the other people to talk about this as much as you've been talking about the initial letter over the last week. i don't think this is a time for monday night quarterbacking and analysis of if there is going to be hearings. i think this is a time to get the facts out. that is that this case is resolved and the voters of this
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country can make a decision based on the merits and who they think should be commander in chief. someone who is doing tweet storms in the middle of the night and talking about adding nuclear weapons to asia or someone who has the experience to do this job. >> senator, before you go, you described fbi director comey as a bush appointee. he was in the justice department. he's currently an obama appointee. >> of course. the president has said, made clear, that he did not agree with the decision, to send that letter a week ago. i also thought it was a very strange thing to do and didn't agree with it. but the point is, he was originally a bush appointee. he is someone who generally has respect from people in law enforcement. he's made a decision. donald trump cannot go from saying he suddenly loves the fbi and loves jim comey to suddenly criticizing them, which we have yet to hear. he clearly continued to say in
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minnesota things like, she shouldn't be allowed to run for office. the people in my state, having been around the last few weeks, they want to talk about how they're going to pay their student loans. they want to talk about what the minimum wage should be. this is what hillary clinton has been focused on, the bread and butter issues. donald trump should no longer be allowed to distract people with untrue claims about criminal trials and what's happening x when the only one that is going to trial is him with trump university after this election concludes. >> senator, thanks for joining us. we have breaking news now from justice. >> i love being on "the lead." let's go to pamela right now. >> we're getting breaking news in. the surprising letter from fbi director james comey was the culmination of a fast-paced review. mostly because most of the e-mails uncovered from the laptop were duplicates, e-mails that had already been looked at
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in the initial private serve ser investigation, as well as several personal e-mails. there were thousands of e-mails the fbi had to go through. the fbi used special software to weed out the ones that were irrelevant. most were duplicates and personal e-mails. one law enforcement official i just spoke to said the fbi went through this as quickly as it could. it is clear officials were aware that the election was right around the corner and the fire storm that the initial letter that comey sent caused. we know the laptop was ten years old. it was an older laptop. last week, jake, you'll remember an official telling me that huma abedin claimed that she didn't realize how these e-mails, the e-mails from her, ended up on her husband's laptop. her estranged husband, anthony weiner. this laptop was taken as part of a sexting investigation. during the course of that, the fbi realized there were e-mails pertinent to the private server investigation. the question is, jake, why
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didn't this come out earlier, in terms of -- the question could be asked about james comey. why didn't he do the search warrant and see what the significance of the e-mails were before sending that e-mail to congress? i should say letter to congress. i imagine that is going to be something that's going to be asked over the next few days. i imagine he'll be under scrutiny for that. this is huge news. we're learning the fbi director, after reviewing the new e-mails, will not recommend charges against clinton. he stands by his decision he made back in july. jake? >> pamela, thank you so much. let's bring in my panel to talk about the breaking news. cnn political commentator. cnn political analyst and column list requester "usa today." senior writer at "the federalist." national political reporter. cnn political strategist. former senior adviser to
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president obama. former executive director of the congressional black caucus. and jeffrey lord, former reagan white house political director, trump supporter. i'm hearing from democrats today, a lot of hostility toward james comey. you heard the senator referring to him as a bush appointee, even though he is also an obama appointee. kind of glossed over that a little. and then also earlier today, i interviewed her colleague from minnesota, franken, who was suggesting that as a member of the judiciary committee, he wanted hearings -- before this letter -- about the fbi. this isn't going anywhere, this issue. >> it's not. i mean, it's so ifs nate ifasci. when he is on your side, you have his back. i think the real important thing here is maybe this is for the clinton campaign, too little, too late. they feel the damage has been done. those independents and
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republican women who were making their decision a couple, you know -- back a couple weeks ago, this was just to remind them of everything that they didn't like about the clintons. so now, comey coming out this afternoon, i mean, i don't know how much that can change. i also -- voters are not necessarily tuning in to the latest developments here. >> they might be tuning into this. let's go to cleveland right now, where lebron james of the world champions -- national champion cleveland cavaliers is taking the stage with secretary clinton. he is a revered figure in the buckeye state, in the battleground state of ohio. a state where hillary clinton has been having trouble gaining momentum. polls have her either neck and neck with donald trump or maybe a point or two behind. it is a highly contested state. it is an electoral vote rich state that hillary clinton would love to win. she doesn't need it. the way donald trump needs it in order to win. but winning would help her. let's listen in.
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>> thank you. thank you so much. first of all, thank you for the applause. i mean, i know you guys are excited to see her. i didn't know you'd be excited to see me, too, but thank you. before i get started, i want to bring up a good friend of mine and also someone that's for hillary, as well. my good friend, j.r. smith. and his beautiful daughter. you guys know why i'm here. number one, because of hillary and what she believes in. i want people to understand, now i grew up in the inner city and i know the whole notion of getting out and voting. i was one of those kids, and i was around the community that
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was like, our vote doesn't matter. but it really does. it really, really does. we have to get out and make sure we vote. we have to get out and be knowledgeable about what's going on. about what we see that our future entails. this woman right here has the brightest future for our world. the next thing that i love most importantly is the fact that with my foundation and my inner city kids, is giving my kids an opportunity to feel like they're important. with my foundation, giving kids the notion that someone cares about them, that what they dream about, that someone like myself and j.r. and president hillary clinton could make their dreams become a reality is very important to me. i believe that this woman right here can continue that.
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so as much as you will love to hear from me, i would much rather love to hear from our next president, ms. hillary clinton. all you. [ cheers and applause ] >> oh, my goodness. thank you! thank you, all, so much. it is great to be back in cleveland. i am thrilled to see all of you. i have to really thank lebron, what he does on the basketball court. you all know. it makes him so special. it makes him a champion. but i am just as impressed, as i
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have told him, about what he does off the court. because what he does off the court is to care for every child as though that child were his own. he has been so committed through the lebron james family foundation. he's using the national platform he earned to advocate for children everywhere. especially right here in ohio. and it was an extra special treat to have j.r. smith here, as well. i can't tell you how exciting it is for me to have lebron and j.r. part of the team that's going to take us to the white house starting on tuesday. i also have to thank a lot of
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the elected officials that i've worked with, that i have such high regard for. let me thank your senator, sherrod brown. let me thank your amazing, absolutely great congresswoman, fudge. let me thank your county executive. and let me thank and hope you'll vote for your former governor, ted strickland, to be your next senator. i want to thank the dj for his musical performance, and i want to thank a very special young
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man, who was out here. a young man who has turned what was a very bitter and unjust experience into an opportunity to try to help lift others up. now, i was thrilled to be here on friday night with jay-z and beyonce. beyonce even had her dancers in blue pantsuits, which i love. but what was most important was how beyonce and jay-z talked about hwhat this election means for their daughter and all our daughters and sons. that's why i am so grateful to them, as well as to lebron, because this election really is about the future. it's about your kids and grand kids and every child in this
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country that we hope will have their own shot at the american dream. they may not all become champion basketball players, but everybody should have the right to go as far as their hard work and talent will take them in america. so let me ask you this, are you ready to vote? are you ready to volunteer for the next few days? are you ready to choose our next president? well, i think by now, you know the choice could not be any clearer. it really is a choice between division or unity. between an economy that works for everyone or one that is stacked for those at the top. between strong, steady leadership or a loose cannon.
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and as you think about this choice, i want you to know where i am coming from. because what i want to do as your president is to really build on and continue what i've done my entire life. fighting for kids and families. standing up for our country. if you elect me on tuesday, that's what i will do every day as your president. because from the start, our campaign has been focused on you. you know, i have now spoken in front of hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people. small groups and big events. what i try to do while i'm up here speaking is to really look at the faces of the people in front of me. because i don't know your dreams. i don't know your struggles. but i want so much to convey to
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you that i will be on your side. i will fight for you. fight for your families. fight for your futures. i want us to do all we can to help you get ahead and stay ahead. and my vision is very different from my opponent's. look, we know enough about what he says and what he's done. you don't need to go through the litany of all the people he's insulted and demeaned. but the bottom line is, his vision of america is so dark and divisive. it is not the america that i see as i travel around our country. i want us to have a vision that is hopeful, optimistic and unified about what we can do together to make sure america's best years are ahead of us. i love our country, and i believe in our people. and i will never, ever quit on
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you. no matter what. now, that is not to say we don't have our challenges. of course we do. we're just human beings. but, boy, we have so many assets. we have so many opportunities. never forget, america is great. because america is good. and if we act like that, we lift each other up instead of tearing each other down, we can be even greater. we've come through some tough economic times. a lot is changing in our country. there are powerful forces inside and outside of america that do threaten to pull us apart. we've arrived at a moment of reckoning in this election. our core values as americans are being tested. i think of all the people i've met across the country in this campaign. i've heard some really, really
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sad stories. you know, when you run for president, at least for me, the moments that stand out are about somebody grabbing my hand. i'll be in a coffee shop or maybe shaking hands on a rope line. somebody will grab my hand and share a personal feeling or experience with me. a lot of times, it is about problems or troubles in their families. i feel like they are entrusting me with this really important piece of their lives. i walk away from that motivated, but i also walk away confident. my faith in our future has never been stronger. and i know if we come together, not just to win the election, that's just the beginning. but then to work together. there is something for every one of us to do in our own lives. our families, our neighborhoods
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and communities. i want an america where everyone has a place. where everyone is included. you know, i know there's a lot of frustration and even anger in this election season. i see it. i hear it. sometimes, you know, i'm the subject of it. i get it. but anger is not a plan. anger is not going to get us new jobs with rising incomes that will create a strong, thriving middle class. i believe we're going to grow this economy. we're going to grow it from the middle out and the bottom up. not the top down. that is what my opponent offers. and it might work for him, right? it might. but it's not going to work for the vast majority of working americans. that's why i want us to have a big infrastructure jobs program.
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there is so much work to be done. good, honest, honorable, dignified work. our roads, our bridges, our airports, our tunnels, our water systems. these are jobs that can't be exported. they've got to be done right here in cleveland, in youngstown, in dayton, in akron and columbus and cincinnati. we're going to bring back advanced manufacturing to ohio and elsewhere in our country. some people when i say this, they kind of, you know, look at me like, well, that's not going to happen. it is going to happen. i'll tell you, two of my strongest allies are going to be sherrod brown and marsha fudge and i hope ted strickland when he gets to washington. people say to me all the time, how you going to get anything done? won't there be gridlock? there will only be gridlock if people elected to represent you
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don't want to help you. it's not complicated, my friends. if they want to keep helping the wealthy, the powerful and the well-connected, yeah, then we're going to have gridlock. because i want jobs with rising incomes. i want people having a better shot at the future. and we have going to have more clean, arenewable energy jobs t put americans back to work. i want to be the best president small business ever had because that's where most of the new jobs will come from. once we get the new jobs and start producing more things in america, i want people to buy those things in america. any of you see the debates?
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in the last debate, i pointed out that donald trump has bought chinese steel to build his last two buildingsme. all the while, he's been running around ohio, talking about what a great advocate he is going to be for working people. he didn't have to buy chinese steel. he didn't have to help employ chinese steel workers. he could have bought good, american steel made by american steel workers. so don't just watch what we say. watch what we've done for the last 30 years and whose side we'd bet on. we're going to make this economy fairer. look, i really believe in hard work. that's how i was raised. that's the kind of family i came from. so i think everybody has to work. everybody who can needs to work. but i do think we need to raise the national minimum wage.
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because if you work full time, you shouldn't still be in poverty. and i also think if you are working, you ought to get paid fairly, which is why we need to guarantee equal pay for women's work. you know, this is not a woman's issue. it is a family issue. if you have a mother, wife, sister or daughter working, you don't want her shortchanged. and we need to start recognizing that a lot of the costs that families are facing now are really burdensome. i want to get child care affordable. right? do you know in a lot of states right now, good child care costs as much or more as in-state college tuition? it is crazy. who can afford that?
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and i want us to have paid family leave so if you get sick or your spouse is sick, or your parent is sick or your child is sick, or you bring a newborn home. now, you know, i don't think these are luxuries anymore. i think these are all about rebuilding the american middle class. i believe it is all about respecting work, providing enough jobs for people to have a good future, getting incomes rising, making it work for everybody. and i've said i will pay for everything i'm proposing without adding a penny to the national debt. right? and that is in very stark contrast to my opponent. because what i've said is i am not raising taxes on the middle class. anybody making less than $250,000 a year is not going to
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have any tax increase while i am president. but i am going where the money is. the money is with the wealthy and corporations because they've done really well in the last 15 years. they should pay their fair share to support our country. people say, how are you going to get that through congress? i'll tell you. i think it is pretty simple. i'm going to look at all the people, all the people who would be helped by everything i've just said. the new jobs and the rest of it. i'm going to compare it to the very few people in every congressional district who would have their taxes raised. i'm going to say, whose side are you on, mr. or madame congresswoman. are you supporting the five people in your district who will have their taxes raised or are
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you supporting the 500,000 people who will be benefitted by what we're going to do together? and another big barrier we've got to knock down is making college affordable for every single person. it's outrageous. i meet people across america who couldn't afford to start college, could not afford to stay and never graduated. and still have debt. don't have a degree but they got debt. that's crazy. i see some people pointing to themselves. i've got to tell you, look, i believe that education is an investment. that's what i want. good schools with good teachers in every zip code in america. that's why i want to get more technical education back into high schools. i think there are a lot of great
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jobs waiting to be done by people who have the skills from high school or community college or apprenticeship programs. i'm going to do everything i can to lift up and honor hard work. when somebody can make something, when somebody is a machinist or a tool and dime maker or a carpenter or even a computer coder, that may not at all require a four-year college education, and it is about time we honored all work in america and made all work paid for everybody. but for people that want to go to college, we're going to make it easier. i want every public college and university to be tuition free for families making less than $125,000 a year. and debt free for everybody else.
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because this should be seen as an investment. if you are struggling with student debt, we have a plan to ease that burden. get the cost down. get the interest rates down. get it paid off much faster. you see, i really believe that every single person should be able to go as far as you're willing to work for it. and not have your dreams dashed while you are a child or a teenager or a young adult. elections are about the future, so let's lift up the young people of america! that includes, let's dismantle the school to prison pipeline and replace it with the cradles to college. >> let's go to jeff zeleny, who is covering the clinton campaign in cleveland. jeff, i couldn't help but notice that secretary clinton did not mention the fact that the fbi
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director, james comey, just this afternoon issued a letter, writing to congress, basically saying that those new e-mails discovered on anthony weiner's laptop, they found nothing in there to change their conclusion from july that there was no criminal activity by secretary clinton or any members of her staff. she didn't raise the subject at all, even though essentially, james comey cleared her this afternoon. >> right, jake, that is extraordinary. she is still speaking behind me here in cleveland. as of now, she's not mentioned it. i am told by her communications director that she has no plans to mention this today or her rally this evenin in manchester, new hampshire. this is why. democrats close to the campaign said she simply does not want to engage in a back and forth about the fbi this close to the end of the election. they know if she says something, she's likely to be engaged in a back and forth with donald trump over this. of course, they know the word is going to get out. other democrats will be out there talking about it. but she has no plans to address
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it. i pressed on this, saying wouldn't she want to get this information out? she said, we simply do not want to talk about e-mail. they're trying to make a pivot here, jake, to a more positive close of what has been a very negative and dark campaign here. in the final 48 hours, they don't want to talk about e-mail, even if it is somewhat good news. but the question here is, as one democrat strategist close to the campaign, who works with the campaign told me earlier, this damage cannot be fully undone here over the last nine days. they've made a calculation she will not address it, at least as of now, today or before election day on tuesday. jake? >> the general subject, of course, jeff, is not a good one for her. it reminds people about a subject that has been dogging her for more than a year and one of the reasons why so many voters have issues with her perceived trustworthiness. i can't help but think probably one of the other reasons, why
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the clinton campaign would make this decision, is she still is ahead in many of the polls. if you look at what's going on on the republican side of the aisle, they are now attacking the fbi director, james comey, despite the fact they spent the last week or so praising him. there seems to be a flailing going on in the republican side. >> no doubt about it. they do not want to get into a fight with the fbi publicly. now, jake, we can say the speech is over. she has gotten through this speech without addressing it at all. so they do not want to engage with a fight over director comey or talk about e-mail at all. one aide described this as a wound that they thought had been healed but then in the last nine days, it certainly has not. if she wins on tuesday, this is something that carries her forward. this e-mail controversy really shaped public opinion about her, jake. >> jeff zeleny in cleveland with secretary of state hillary clinton. thank you so much, jeff. thank you for joining me today.
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good evening from washington. less than 48 hours from election day, i'm wolf blitzer. we want to welcome our view ier in the united states and around the world to a special edition of "the situation room." we start with breaking news on the fbi's surprising impact on this, the 2016 presidential electi election, here in the united states. it has now taken a very dramatic turn. with the fbi director james comey now saying the fbi has found nothing in those new e-mails that changes their original decision that there was no criminal activity onhe