Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s fundraising trip to Southern California next week includes a dinner in Bel-Air, where donors are being asked to contribute up to $449,400 per person.
The reception and dinner will take place at a private home on July 14, just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, according to an invitation obtained by The Times. The least expensive ticket, which gets a donor into the reception but no picture or dinner, costs $2,700 per person.
Trump has sharply increased his fundraising schedule in the aftermath of campaign finance reports that showed he lags far behind presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump ended May with $1.3 million on hand, compared with Clinton’s $42 million.
The White House sidestepped questions Tuesday about whether President Obama agrees with the FBI’s decision not to recommend prosecution for Hillary Clinton, citing the ongoing case as reason for the chief executive to stay out of it.
As Obama and Clinton flew to North Carolina together for their first 2016 campaign event together, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest pointed out that the Department of Justice hasn’t decided how to proceed on the FBI recommendations. With that decision yet to be made, Earnest said, the White House doesn’t want to weigh in.
“The president is aware of the news,” he said, adding that no one at the White House got a heads-up about the decision or even that the director would make his announcement Tuesday.
For months, Hillary Clinton’s foes — Republican and Democrat alike — hung their hopes on the prospect she would be indicted for using an unsecured home server to handle her emails as secretary of State
The threat was cited by backers of Donald Trump as a response to his myriad and many stumbles; however poorly he performed or whatever discouraging news turned up in opinion surveys, they suggested, a criminally charged Clinton would be in even worse political shape come November.
A similar notion was cited by supporters of Bernie Sanders as the reason the Vermont senator should persist in his bid for the Democratic nomination, long after it was evident he would fall short.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said the FBI's recommendation not to prosecute anyone over Hillary Clinton's emails "defies explanation" — but he suggested House Republicans may pursue additional investigations into the matter.
Ryan specifically called it "absolutely inappropriate" that former President Clinton and Atty Gen. Loretta Lynch met privately last week in an unscheduled encounter at the Phoenix airport as the FBI's work continued.
"We’re taking a look at this a little more deeply," Ryan said Tuesday on a radio show in Wisconsin, his home state.
House Republican leaders are considering whether to reprimand House Democrats over the 25-hour anti-gun violence sit-in that shut down the chamber last week.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) have been highly critical of the Democratic protest and will be meeting with the sergeant at arms on Tuesday at the Capitol to discuss the issue.
“That is not the way the House should work,” McCarthy told reporters. “That behavior, and the breaking of the rules, I’ve never seen in my lifetime. ... To me, I don’t think that’s what democracy looks like to the rest of the world, I don’t think that’s what the United States Congress looks like. ... That type of behavior cannot be tolerated.”