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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

Donald Trump's campaign team is either feeling confident or on a mission to stroke the egos of the Republican nominee's most loyal supporters, as three campaign advisers shared with NBC News a list of candidates for the top posts in a potential Trump White House.

The list of contenders for cabinet positions and other leading roles is chock full of Donald Trump's most vocal defenders and campaign staff.

Here's the list shared with NBC News by three Trump campaign advisers:

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, on Sunday evening said that he was glad FBI Director James Comey announced the conclusion of the Hillary Clinton latest email review, but he lamented that some of the damage had already been done.

"I’m glad he came forward to clear it up, and I’m glad that the FBI so swiftly went through the emails. But, Wolf, this should have never happened," he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I don't think that the director should have come out last week and put out that very vague letter, and I think it was a mistake."

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FBI Director James Comey's Sunday letter announcing that a new review of emails did not change the FBI's conclusion about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server will not stop Congress from continuing to investigate the former secretary of state, according to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).

"We’re going to keep after this until we get to the truth. We don’t have it yet," Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee, said on Fox News Sunday night.

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CNN's Anderson Cooper on Sunday night pressed Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on the Republican nominee's recent predictions that Hillary Clinton will face a criminal trial, asking Conway if it was "irresponsible."

When first asked by Cooper if it was irresponsible for Trump to predict criminal charges against Clinton without facts, Conway said that Trump is "welcome to speculate as to why FBI Director Comey would make an unprecedented move so close to an election." She then attacked the Clinton campaign for questioning Comey's letter announcing a new review of emails related to the original probe.

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Donald Trump on Sunday rejected the FBI's announcement that a new review of emails did not change the conclusion of the probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, questioning how the FBI reviewed the emails so quickly and insisting that Clinton is "guilty" and "corrupt."

During a rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Trump told the crowd that the FBI's decision shows that the system is "rigged."

"Right now, she is being protected by a rigged system. It’s a totally rigged system,” he said. “You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days. You can’t do it, folks."

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After FBI Director James Comey announced on Sunday that the review of newly discovered emails did not change the conclusions of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) still insisted that the FBI probe nonetheless revealed that Clinton was careless and played "by her own rules."

"Regardless of this decision, the undisputed finding of the FBI's investigation is that Secretary Clinton put our nation's secrets at risk and in doing so compromised our national security. She simply believes she's above the law and always plays by her own rules," Ryan said in a statement released shortly after Comey's letter was publicized. "This is a pattern with the Clintons, and the American people should not have to endure four more years of their scandal and baggage."

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In another upheaval to the presidential race, FBI Director James Comey on Sunday afternoon sent a new letter to Congress notifying members that after reviewing a new batch of emails to and from Hillary Clinton, the bureau has not "not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton."

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While criticizing the "political and media elite" during a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, on Sunday, Donald Trump acknowledged his wealth and suggested that he had had some kind of epiphany about the plight of the working class.

"The political and media elite have no idea what it's like to be living on a paycheck, paycheck to paycheck basis, not knowing whether or not the owners and leaders of their company are negotiating to move their plant or factory to Mexico or some other country and fire them sometimes with virtually no notice — happening all over the country, not going to happen with us, folks. It's not going to happen with us," he said.

Trump talking about living paycheck to paycheck may strain credulity, but Trump assured the crowd that he understood and is on their side now.

"Politicians don't understand what that's like. The media and the political elite don't know the pain and the suffering these people are living under, but I figured it out a long time ago, and that's why I'm here. I'm with you rather than where I was. I was on the other side," he continued. "I was on the other side. I understand it well. I understand the other side well. I was enjoying my life for many years on the other side, but I also love our country, and I will tell you, our country was going bad."

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