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

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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During a Wednesday speech in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Hillary Clinton tore apart Donald Trump's business record in the city, warning that he could bankrupt the United States just as he has bankrupted his casinos.

Clinton noted that Trump boasts about his business record and argues that his business prowess will help him run the country, but that two of his casinos have closed and another is under new ownership.

"What he did for his businesses and his workers is nothing to brag about. In fact, it's shameful," Clinton said. "And every single voter in America needs to know about it, so we don't let him do to our country what he did to his businesses."

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the chair of the House Oversight Committee, has asked FBI Director James Comey to testify before the committee on Thursday to explain his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of email servers.

Chaffetz told Fox News Wednesday morning that he spoke to Comey over the phone and via text message to set up a time for the FBI director to answer questions from House members. Comey said that he could testify on Thursday, prompting the House committee to set a hearing for Thursday at 10 a.m. ET, according to Chaffetz.

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