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.
Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton on Tuesday of endangering the United States with what the FBI has concluded was her “extremely careless” handling of classified information on a private email server when she was secretary of State.
Campaigning in North Carolina, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said his Democratic counterpart had exercised “horrible” judgment by using private servers at the Clinton family house in Chappaqua, N.Y., for email about national security matters.
“Hillary Clinton put the entire country in danger,” Trump told supporters at a rally in Raleigh, echoing FBI Director James Comey’s assertion earlier Tuesday that Clinton and her aides at the State Dept. had left top secret information vulnerable to hacking.
Federal law makes it a crime for a trusted U.S. official to “knowingly and willfully” disclose or transmit secret information to an “unauthorized person.” A second law makes it a crime to “remove” secret documents kept by the government or to allow them to be stolen through “gross negligence.”
Neither law applies clearly or directly to what FBI Director James B. Comey described Tuesday as Hillary Clinton’s “extremely careless” handling of classified emails that were sent through her private system when she was the secretary of State.
“It’s just not a crime under current law to do nothing more than share sensitive information over unsecured networks,” said Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas. “Maybe it should be, but that's something for Congress to decide going forward.”
President Obama infused new energy into Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House as he joined her on the stump for first time Tuesday, making a forceful case for her candidacy after the two arrived together in Charlotte, N.C., on Air Force One.
The address offered a glimpse of Obama’s role in the Clinton campaign, and it is likely to be a potent one. The president, a natural campaigner, captivated the crowd in a state that is a must-win for Donald Trump, speaking admirably of Clinton’s experience and judgment while laying out the policy gains made under his administration that are at risk if Democrats lose the White House.
The event came at a welcome time for Clinton, who is scrambling to contain the damage from some of the harsh assessments the FBI made about her emailing practices while she was secretary of State. Although the FBI ultimately advised against indicting Clinton, Director James B. Comey described the private server Clinton set up in her house as reckless.
Donald Trump pounced on Hillary Clinton's FBI troubles Tuesday, branding Clinton a liar while arguing that the FBI's recommendation not to charge her was evidence of special treatment.
"Because of our rigged system that holds the American people to one standard and people like Hillary Clinton to another, it does not look like she will be facing the criminal charges that she deserves," Trump wrote in a lengthy statement.
"The final jury will be the American people, and they will issue the verdict on her corruption, incompetence, and bad judgment on November 8th," election day, he warned.