Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Throughout his testimony Thursday before the House oversight committee, FBI Director James Comey defended his decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton arising from her use of a private email server. But he also gave House Republicans some material to work with in attacking Clinton and the way she handled classified information as secretary of state.

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During the House oversight hearing with FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) suggested that the FBI launch an investigation into the people who sent classified information to Hillary Clinton over email.

Comey told Massie that in some of the cases where classified information wound up on Clinton's private server, staff had forwarded the information in a chain of emails until it eventually reached Clinton herself.

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday morning quizzed FBI Director James Comey on whether Hillary Clinton lied about her email use and told Comey that he would like the FBI to review Clinton's testimony to Congress.

During his line of questioning with Comey, Chaffetz first attempted to establish whether Clinton received classified information on her private email server. Comey confirmed that she did, which he had already spelled out in his Tuesday statement.

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FBI Director James Comey opened his Thursday testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with a fierce defense of his decision not to recommend prosecuting Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information.

"I hope at the end of the day, people can disagree, can agree, but they will at least understand that the decision was made and the recommendation was made the way you would want it to be, by people who didn't give a hoot about politics, but who cared about what are the facts, what is the law, and how have similar people, all people, been treated in the past," Comey said.

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Now that he has decided to run for re-election, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will not attend the GOP national convention in Cleveland.

"Florida has always been a competitive state, and it will be this fall. Marco had planned to go to the convention before he decided to seek reelection. Since Marco got into the race late, he will be in Florida campaigning and meeting with voters instead of going to Ohio," Rubio spokeswoman Oliva Perez-Cubas wrote in an email statement to Politico on Wednesday.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) wrote a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Wednesday asking him not to brief Hillary Clinton with classified information during the presidential campaign.

In the letter provided to Politico, Ryan noted that the FBI Director James Comey said that the investigation into Clinton's email use found that the former secretary of state was "careless" with classified information.

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On Wednesday evening, Donald Trump renewed attempts to defend a tweet his campaign published on Saturday calling Hillary Clinton the "most corrupt candidate ever" in a Star of David.

Trump published a tweet Wednesday night with an image of a "Frozen" themed coloring book that included a six point star on its cover.

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The Donald Trump campaign on Wednesday released a statement boasting about its June fundraising haul, but the press release was convoluted and jumbled, making it unclear just how much money Trump raised for the campaign itself.

Campaign finance experts were unable to determine exactly how much money Trump raised for his campaign, as opposed to money raised for joint committees that also provide donations for national and state Republican parties.

"We have no idea from this how much money he actually raised for Trump’s campaign committee," Brett Kappel, a campaign finance expert and partner at the Akerman law firm, told TPM regarding the Trump campaign's new numbers.

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