It was only a matter of time, but the shadowboxing between Donald Trump and conservative rival Evan McMullin turned into a full-scale brawl Saturday.
Who is McMullin? The 40-year-old Republican-turned-independent is the face of the Never Trump movement; he announced his presidential candidacy in August and as a Mormon has built up a well of support in Utah, where he could very well stop Trump from winning a state that no Republican has lost in years.
Trump delivered the first blow, calling McMullin a "puppet" backed by prominent conservatives — namely, neoconservative commentator Bill Kristol.
Top Democrats want answers from FBI Director James Comey — now.
In a letter to Comey and Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch on Saturday, four Senate Democrats, including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Senate intelligence committee, wrote that more information must be made public in regard to the new investigation into emails that might be related to Hillary Clinton's private server.
A day earlier, Comey wrote to lawmakers that the FBI was probing newfound emails that might be related to Clinton's use of a private server while at the State Department. The timing of the announcement, less than two weeks before election day, concerned Democrats and Republicans alike, who called for more transparency.
The announcement by FBI Director James B. Comey that his agency was probing emails that might be related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of State sent shockwaves through the presidential campaign in its final days.
Word from Comey about the newfound correspondence rekindled a politically damaging controversy that has dogged Clinton since she launched her campaign last year.
Here is some of what we know so far and what we don’t.
The father of slain American aid worker Kayla Mueller joined a Donald Trump rally here Saturday, taking the stage with a heartfelt endorsement from a parent seeking answers for the country after the loss of his daughter.
"It's time for a change," Carl Mueller told the big crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center.
"We cannot afford another four years of the same failed policies.... We need a leader who will take a stand, not follow the same tragic path," he added, announcing that he had cast a ballot for Trump in early voting.
Ever since federal agents concluded this summer that they had no case against Hillary Clinton over mishandling classified information, FBI Director James B. Comey has been in a bind.
He could either take the traditional approach of keeping mum or publicly explain his reasoning. A man unafraid of the spotlight, Comey decided to address the matter head-on, as he did again Friday in telling lawmakers that agents were reviewing newly discovered emails that may be pertinent to the investigation.
Comey, confidants say, wanted to maintain transparency in the face of multiple pressures: from both political parties and from agents, former agents and his bosses at the Justice Department. But by making such a move just 11 days before the election, he also has thrown the FBI under a glare as harsh as klieg lights and influenced a presidential race more deeply than the bureau ever has.
Hillary Clinton sharply criticized FBI Director James Comey on Saturday, calling it "deeply troubling" for him to say he was looking into newly discovered emails related to her private server without detailing more information so close to the election.
“If you’re like me, you probably have a few questions about it," Clinton told a crowd of 900 at a rally a day after Comey announced the new examination of emails.
"It is pretty strange to put something like that with so little information right before an election. It’s not just strange. It’s unprecedented, and it’s deeply troubling. Voters deserve to get the full and complete facts.”