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Bernie Sanders eyes return to campaign trail — for Hillary Clinton

“I want to do everything I can to see that Secretary Clinton wins,’’ says Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
“I want to do everything I can to see that Secretary Clinton wins,’’ says Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.Associated Press/file 2016

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders, the runner-up for the Democratic presidential nomination, plans to return to the campaign trail after Labor Day, with an eye toward energizing working-class and young voters to support his former rival, Hillary Clinton, he said Friday.

‘‘I look forward to it,’’ the senator from Vermont said in an interview. ‘‘I feel very strongly that Donald Trump would be a disaster for the country. I want to do everything I can to see that Secretary Clinton wins.’’

Sanders, who endorsed Clinton last month, ticked off a list of states that he is likely to hit in coming weeks, including some where he won primaries and caucuses (New Hampshire, Maine, Michigan, and Wisconsin).


Sanders said that during some of those visits he will also campaign on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates, including Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania, Ted Strickland in Ohio, and Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire. He is also planning to campaign for other liberal down-ballot candidates, he said.

Sanders said he plans to hold large-scale rallies, which were a staple of his campaign, drawing from both his and Clinton’s lists of supporters.

‘‘I think we can create large turnouts,’’ he said.


Trump meets with board of Hispanic advisers

NEW YORK — Donald Trump met with his newly minted Hispanic advisory board in New York Saturday, sitting down with elected officials, business leaders, and faith leaders, along with his new campaign team.

The National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump is looking to help Trump focus his message, as well as provide assistance with the campaign’s Hispanic outreach.

But winning over Hispanic voters will not be easy for the Republican nominee. He launched his campaign with a speech that accused Mexico of illegally sending rapists and criminals across the border and has since vowed to deport all of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.


That message has not resonated well with minority voters.

Helen Aguirre Ferré, director of Hispanic communications for the RNC, called Saturday’s meeting a ‘‘game-changing’’ opportunity.


Parties criticize FBI over disclosures in Clinton probe

WASHINGTON — The political dust-up over the FBI handing documents about the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation to Congress is intensifying, with Republicans complaining the materials were turned over in such a way that assessing them is difficult and Democrats contending they should not have been given to legislators.

On Tuesday, the FBI delivered to Congress an overview of the investigation along with summaries of more than a dozen interviews with senior Clinton staffers, other State Department officials, former secretary of state Colin Powell, and at least one other person, according to an e-mail from an aide to Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa that was sent to congressional offices.

The tussle centers over whether the FBI has the authority to impose sharp restrictions on the material, which co-mingled classified and nonclassified documents. The FBI required Congress to maintain the materials in a secure area accessible only by those who have clearances. Also at issue is the aim of Grassley and other Republicans to publicly release the summaries, which include new, unclassified details about the FBI’s server investigation.

In announcing the agency’s findings last month, FBI Director James Comey said the investigation was untainted by political influence. Comey has said he wants to release more details than normal about the agents’ work to underscore the nonpartisan nature of the probe. But the unusual delivery of the records, and the restriction imposed by the FBI, have fueled the partisan squabble.


The FBI declined to comment for this article. Ron Hosko, a former assistant director at the FBI, said Comey has ‘‘spoken repeatedly on his respect and understanding’’ of congressional oversight, and that is probably why the director was so responsive to legislators’ inquiries.


Judge’s order ensures issue of Clinton’s e-mails endures

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Friday ordered Hillary Clinton to provide written testimony under oath about why she set up a private computer server to send and receive e-mails while secretary of state, ensuring that the issue will continue to dog her presidential campaign.

In a brief ruling issued on Friday afternoon, the judge, Emmet G. Sullivan of federal district court in Washington, approved a motion by the conservative advocacy organization Judicial Watch to pursue its vigorous campaign to investigate Clinton’s use of the private server.

In addition to requiring her testimony in writing, the judge allowed the group to depose a senior State Department aide who had warned two subordinates not to question her e-mail practices.

The ruling opened another front in a fight Clinton’s campaign certainly hoped to put behind her.