PHOENIX (AP)-- On Wednesday Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio again doubled down on Obama's birth certificate and vowed to continue to dig for the truth for the Tea Party Patriots group that petitioned him five years ago to investigate President Barack Obama's birth. "I don't care where he's from," Arpaio told the crowd of about 200 people. "And quite frankly I'm not buying into it like Donald Trump just because I need votes," Arpaio continued. "We are looking for a forged document that we know is out there. Period."
Arpaion went on to tell the crowd that he knows for a fact, because of his recent private conversations with the Republican nominee that Donald Trump still believes Obama was not born in the United States. We questioned about that statement Arpaio responded, "I know all the politicians say, Sheriff, don't talk about it right now. We'll get to the bottom of it when Trump is elected president." Arpaio even hinted that is was quite possible that Obama could be deported once Trump is elected president.
Mark Salter, former top adviser to John McCain-- Whatever Hillary Clinton's faults, she's not ignorant or hateful of a raging lunatic. She at least acts like an adult and understands the responsibilities of an American president. That might not be a ringing endorsement. But in 2016, the year of Trump's campaign, it's more than enough."
Sally Bradshaw, former top Jeb Bush adviser. "As much as I don't want another four years of [President Barack] Obama's policies, I can't look my children in the eye and tell them I voted for Donald Trump."
KURT BARDELLA, former top aide to Republican Darrell Issa and ex-spokesman for BREITBART NEWS-- "A big reason why I decided that Hillary Clinton is the candidate I'm voting for-- the first Democrat I've ever voted for in my life-- is because this is a time where what's going on is much bigger than partisanship, it's about putting the country first over party first."
Mike Treiser, former Mitt Romney aide-- "In the face of racism, bigotry, hatred, violence, and small-mindedness, this time I will be voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton."
Richard Painter, Chief ethics lawyer.
William Reilly, EPA Administrator
Alan Steinberg, Regional EPA Administrator
Robert Blackwill, former Deputy National Security Adviser
Ashley Tellis, Special Assistant to the president and senior Director of Planning Southwest Asia.
Shirin Kheli Senior Adviser under Secretary of State Condolessza Rice
David Gross, State Department coordinator for International Communications
James Kunder, Assisatant Administrator for Asia and USAID
Kori Schake, National Security Council
Matthew Waxman, Senior Official in the State Department and Department of Defense
Frank Levin, Reagan Political Director. "It might not be entirely clear that Hillary Clinton deserves to win, but it is thunderingly clear that Donald Trump deserves to lose. From this premise, I will do something that I have never done in my entire voting life. I will be voting for the Democratic nominee for president."
Doug Elmets, former Reagan spokesman-- "I could live with four years of Hillary Clinton before I could ever live with just one day of Donald Trump."
Jim Cicconi, former Reagan and G.H.W. Bush aide. "Knowing Ronald Reagan personally, I am choosing the same path as Reagan would take and will not vote for Donald Trump. I fear, Trump would set our nation on a very dark path of no return."
Meg Whitman, former Hewlett-Packard CEO. "Donald Trump's demagoguery has undermined the very fabric of our national character."
William Oberndorf, donor of over $13 million to GOP candidates. "I could never support a lying narcissist as we see in Donald Trump. I owe more to my children and their future and with Trump it is never going to happen. I will be voting and supporting Hillary Clinton for the presidency."
Mike Fernandez, $8 million to Republican candidates in past elections. "If I have to choose between Trump and Hillary Clinton, I'm choosing Clinton. She will be the lesser of two evils."
HOUSTON (AP)- It was announced Tuesday that former president George H.W. Bush is adding his name to the growing list of prominent Republicans who will be voting for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The list of Republicans supporting Hillary Clinton is growing quickly-- with multiple new additions every day and more than a dozen on Monday alone.
For weeks, the Associated Press have been keeping track of all the GOP elected officials, administration officials, both past and present, business leaders and Republican donors who have crossed over to back Clinton over Donald Trump.
Below is that list as it stands today:
George H.W. Bush.
Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.), told the AP that he will support Clinton and that Trump is unfit to lead. "I think Trump is a total embarrassment to the United States of America.," Hanna said. "Is he really the guy you want to trust with the nuclear codes?"
Henry Paulson, Treasury Secretary.
Carlos Gutierrez, Commerce Secretary
Rosario Marin, U.S. Treasurer
John Negroponte, Director of National Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of State, five time Ambassador and Reagan Deputy National Security Adviser.
Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State and adviser to Ronald Reagan. "Trump is a very, very dangerous man who has no clue whatsoever about national issues nor does he even want to take the time to learn"
Brent Scowcroft, Chairman of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board and adviser to three previous Republican presidents. "The presidency requires the judgment and knowledge to make tough decisions under pressure... Clinton has the wisdom and the experience to lead our country at this critical time."
James Clad, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. "There is no other choice. In sharpe contrast to her opponent, Secretary Clinton is ready and prepared with the knowledge to govern America. With a proven preference for bipartisanship, she must be elected for the good of the country."
DALLAS (AP)-- Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire Mark Cuban offered Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and unusual deal on Friday: $ 10 million in exchange for an interview on his foreign policy.
In a series of tweets, Cuban initially said Trump could have the money go to the charity of his choice. But he subsequently suggested that the GOP nominee could probably use that money to continue to prop up his smoke and mirror billionaire façade.
"I'll add an option. If you need it, I'll write the check directly to you and you can use the money to keep your smoke and mirrors image going rather than be forced to give it to charity," he jabbed.
Cuban also listed a few terms for the interview, including that it would be just a one on one, billionaire to billionaire interview with no one else in the room but a broadcast crew.
CINCINNATI (AP)- A former Ohio mayor indicted on rape charges reportedly confessed that he had sex with a child-- a young girl, who, the ex-mayor claimed, was a willing participant. Court records filed Monday described conversations in which Richard Keenan, a former Republican mayor of Hubbard, Ohio, talked to several people, including his wife and a pastor, about sexual assaults that occurred over the course of two years, beginning in 2013, when the girl was just 4-years of age. The 65-year-old Keenan, who describes as a man of faith, was indicted last month on eight counts of gross sexual imposition, eight counts of rape of a child and four counts of attempted rape of a minor child. According to court documents filed by Trumbull County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gabriel Wildman, Keenan's wife confronted him after the child talked to about the sexual assaults.
"I did it, Keenan told his wife, according to the documents filed in court.
Keenan talked in more detail with a local pastor about the rapes, saying it all began when the child walked in on him in the bathroom as he was pleasuring himself. But claimed she was more than a willing participant
It's unclear how he and the child knew each other.
Keenan was sworn in as Republican mayor in January 2010 and served until 2011. he previously served as a council member and a probation officer.
At the times, Keen had ran on the 'Family Values Platform' saying he had dedicated his life to Christ--- a decision that said changed his life and called him into politics. "Don't preach it, but live it," he told his supporters on the campaign trail.
His attorney could not be reached for comment.
NEWSWEEK-- For over 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have been pursuing Hillary Clinton's personal email habits, and yet no evidence of a crime was ever found. But now they at least have the skills and interest to focus on a much larger and deeper email conspiracy, one that involves war, lies, a private server run by the Republican Party and the contempt of Congress citations-- and all of it still unsolved and unpunished. Clinton's email habits look positively transparent when compared with the subpoena-dodging, email hiding, private-server-using President George W. Bush and VP Cheney's administration. Between 2003 and 2009, the Bush White House "lost" 22 million emails. This correspondence included millions of emails written during the darkest period in America's recent history, when the Bush administration was ginning up support for what turned out to be a disastrous war in Iraq with false claims that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and, later, when it was firing U.S. attorneys for political reasons.
Like Clinton, the Bush White House used a private email server-- owned and operated by the Republican National Committee. And the Bush administration failed to store its emails, as required by law, and then refused to comply with a congressional subpoena seeking some of those emails pertaining to the Iraq war and Bush's Iraq energy policy meeting set by the oil industry.
NEW YORK- The moderators for the 2016 presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have already been chosen and announced earlier this month. But Trump is now hinting he may not be up for the task of holding debates with moderators.
"We should have no moderator," Trump said in a Monday interview on CNBC. "Let Hillary and I just sit there and just have our own debate, because I think the system is rigged so it's going to be a very, very unfair debate in her favor."
The Republican nominee's hint that he might not debate Hillary with a moderator comes less than a week after Matt Laur faced harsh criticism over his poor performace at NBC's Commander in Chief Forum, where the 'Today' show host failed to fact-check Trump's claim that he was "totally against the Iraq war from the start."
"Everybody said I won that debate," Trump said on Monday. "They all said I won and that Matt was too easy on me. Well I can tell you this, he wasn't. He was extremely tough on me and very professional, I have to be honest, because as you know, I am a very, very honest man. I think as everyone of my supporters know, Mat was treated very, very unfairly."
"What they are doing is they're gaming the system so that when I go into the debates, I'm going... to be treated very, very unfairly by the moderators," Trump said. "I can see it happening right now because everyone's saying that Matt was soft on me. So now the new person is going to be really, really hard on me just to show, you know, the establishment what he can do. So I think it's unfair what they're doing. So I think they should have a debate with no moderators-- just me and Hillary sitting there. And if they're unwilling to do that I might have to reconsider the debates."
WASHINGTON (AP)- Even before Donald Trump won the Republican presidential primary on shoestring budget, the billionaire has been an innovator when it comes to finances. The real estate mogul, who has declared bankruptcy four times, has a long history of refusing to pay contractors for their completed work, lawyers, and employees who work for him. So it perhaps unsurprising that several members of Trump's campaign have found themselves the latest victims of Trump's scamming workers. The campaign workers finally walked out the down at the end of August when the paychecks they were owed and promised never materialized, according to the Washington Post. "It's a huge disaster," one former campaign adviser told the Post. "Trump like to use and abuse people and make huge promises but never delivers," said former staffer, Vince Mindykowski.
WASHINGTON (AP)-- Donald Trump held a private conversation with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi just before his charity cut a large donation check to support her re-election effort.
Bondi's spokesman told an AP investigator in June that Bondi personally solicited the donation from Trump during a 2013 private phone call. The Donald J. Trump Foundation check arrived just days after Bondi's office told a newspaper it was deliberating whether or not to join the proposed multi-state lawsuit against Trump University and Trump Institute.
Charities are barred by law from supporting political activities and that the improper check was against the law.
The Washington Post first reported last week that Trump's charity paid an IRS penalty earlier this year, following media reports about the impermissible 2013 donation.
HOUSTON (AP)- Several of Trump's most prominent Hispanic supporters are now abandoning their support following his major speech on immigration Wednesday.
Jacob Monty, a prominent attorney is Houston, has resigned from the Republican candidate' National Hispanic Advisory Council after hearing Trump's speech in Phoenix.
"I was a very strong supporter of Donald Trump when I believed he was going to address the immigration problem realistically and compassionately," Monty told the AP. What I heard today was not realistic nor is it compassionate."
When asked if he would continue to raise money for Trump's campaign, Monty replied, "no way Jose'... It would be like pouring money down the drain."
Similarly, Alfonso Aguilar, the president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, told AP that he too was dropping his support for Trump after this week's big speech. He also promised their would be no more money going towards the Trump campaign coffers from their group.
Massey Villarreal, a wealthy businessman in Houston, told MBC Latino that he was finished supporting Trump after Wednesday night's "God awful" speech. "We're extremely disappointed. We feel very misled., he added.
The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting a wide-ranging investigation into the corrupt dealings by the government of former Ukrainian president Victor Yanukovych, including the hiring of Washington lobbyist for the regime by former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a senior law enforcement official for the FBI confirmed today.
WASHINGTON-- For the past year, Donald Trump has been selling himself to Republican voters and party leaders as a master developer, casino mogul, airline executive and all around brilliant business leader who is a giant job creator.
What they didn't hear much about, though, was his single greatest talent: Master self-promoter. Now, with the general election just three monts away, they are finally learning they may have been scammed and been sold a bill of goods.
It's becoming clear that TRUMP is actually just a 'so-so' developer. That his casinos all failed and pushed him to the edge of his own personal bankruptcy along with his business bankruptcies. That his airline was a money-losing vanity project that he eventually lost when he missed loan payments. That his business acumen, far from brilliant, is now fodder for hundreds of successful businessmen and corporate CEOs.
He is, as a successful billionaire once said, the "hobo's idea of a billionaire." said Rick Wilson, a Florida top political consultant. "I've heard real billionaires say that Trump is no real billionaire, Trump is just a clown with a credit card."