WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):
A trio of House Democrats is calling on congressional Republicans to denounce what they called “hateful rhetoric” by Donald Trump.
Pointing to the role that strong language can play in politics, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn said Tuesday during a press call organized by the Hillary Clinton campaign that House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should “stand up and disavow the kind of hateful rhetoric that we’re hearing from Donald Trump, the Republican nominee.”
Clyburn also said a tweet by a black Trump supporter showing Clinton in black face “went beyond the pale.”
Clyburn was referencing Pastor Mark Burns’ posting earlier this week implying Clinton is pandering to black voters. The South Carolina pastor has since apologized for the tweet and said he should have used “better judgment.”
If Trump is serious about courting black voters, Clyburn said, he shouldn’t turn down invitations to speak to groups like the NAACP.
“You don’t go to a 99 percent white audience and talk about us and call that an invitation to us,” the South Carolina Democrat said.
The FBI is expected to release documents soon related to its investigation into Hillary Clinton and her use of a private email server.
A law enforcement official said Tuesday that documents in the case would be made public as the FBI responds to Freedom of Information Act requests.
It wasn’t immediately clear when the documents would be released or exactly what they would include. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The FBI this month provided Congress portions of its file from the agency’s yearlong investigation into whether then-Secretary of State Clinton and her top aides mishandled classified information that flowed through a private email server.
CNN reported that the records could be made public as early as Wednesday.
—By Eric Tucker in Washington
Donald Trump and his aides used to say that voters didn’t care about the nitty-gritty of policy details. But now those details are tripping up his campaign.
Trump has appeared to wrestle with his controversial pledge to expel everyone living in the U.S. illegally with the help of a “deportation force.”
The GOP nominee polled an audience last week on the fate of an estimated 11 million people. It was a stunning display of indecision from a candidate who has asked voters to put enormous faith in his gut instincts.
Trump is now planning a major speech on immigration Wednesday. Supporters are hoping for a strong, decisive showing. But the episode underscores how little time his campaign has invested in outlining how he would accomplish his goals as president.
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