The Latest: Protesters’ siren draws Trump’s attention

October 31, 2016 GMT
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cheer during a campaign rally, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cheer during a campaign rally, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential race (all times EDT):

11:30 p.m.

The siren was loud enough to be heard throughout the airport hangar in Albuquerque where Republican Donald Trump was speaking.

Javier Benavidez (hah-vee-AIR’ ben-ah-VEE’-dez) from the Southwest Organizing Project had placed it near a fence outdoors to distract Trump while two dozen protesters chanted outside.

At one point, Trump stopped his speech to comment on the noise.

“What happened?” he asked.

“That’s some alarm,” he said, adding with sarcasm: “That’s alright. Let it run all night, why don’t you?”

Seven protesters were removed for interpreting Trump’s speech. Other protesters clashed with Trump supporters in minor scuffles. No injuries or arrests were reported.


10:20 p.m.


Donald Trump is reviving his call for the U.S. to engage in more extreme interrogation methods, saying the country has to be “pretty vicious” sometimes.

Trump was talking about the barbaric tactics used by Islamic State militants at a rally that drew thousands to an Albuquerque airport hangar. He scoffed at the fact that President Barack Obama has barred the use of waterboarding — a tactic Trump has long insisted works.

He says, “We have to be in some cases pretty vicious, to be honest with you.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report in late 2014 concluded that no actionable intelligence was gained from the detainees who were put in ice baths, threatened with death, kept in cages, waterboarded and subjected to sleep deprivation, booming music and other forms of psychological torture.

Trump is raising eyebrows with his decision to campaign in Democratic states like New Mexico and Michigan.

But Trump says that he’s a different kind of Republican and expects to win the state.


8:30 p.m.

The top Senate Democrat says FBI Director James Comey may have broken the law by disclosing 11 days before Election Day word of newly discovered emails possibly related to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

In a letter late Sunday to Comey, Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada says his office has determined that the FBI director’s actions may have violated the Hatch Act, which limits some political activities of federal employees.

Reid wrote to Comey: “Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.”

The Democrat also railed against what he sees as a double standard by Comey, saying the FBI has “explosive information” about close ties between Republican Donald Trump and the Russian government. Reid says there is no danger to American interests to release that information and accuses Comey of resisting calls to inform the people.


7:45 p.m.

Donald Trump is encouraging his Colorado supporters to vote in person instead of relying on Colorado’s vote-by-mail system.


Trump tells rally-goers in Greeley that they should head to a local polling place on Monday to pick up new ballots instead of using the ones they received by mail.

He says, “They’ll void your old ballot and give you a new ballot and you can go ahead and make sure it gets in.”

Trump has been suggesting without evidence that ballots sent by mail might not be counted, as part of his larger allegations about the election being “rigged” against him.

But some Trump supporters are pushing back.

Volunteer Skip Carlson tells Trump before the rally that the vote count in the district will indeed be honest.

Carlson says, “We’re all Republicans here.”


7:15 p.m.

A law enforcement official says the FBI has obtained a search warrant to start reviewing newly discovered emails that may be tied to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The emails were discovered on a device seized during an unrelated sexting investigation into former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner. He is the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

FBI Director James Comey on Friday said the FBI would take steps to review those emails to see if any were classified.

It’s not clear what connection, if any, the newly discovered emails might have to the Clinton email investigation.

__ Associated Press writer Eric Tucker.


6:45 p.m.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder and dozens of other former federal prosecutors have signed a letter critical of FBI Director James Comey.

The letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press says Comey broke from Justice Department policy when he alerted Congress to the new discovery of emails potentially related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

That policy is meant to prevent the appearance of prosecutors affecting the electoral process.

The ex-prosecutors say in the letter that Comey’s disclosure has “invited considerable, uninformed public speculation” about the significance of the emails.

Comey has said he felt obligated to notify Congress about the existence of the new emails given his past public statements that the investigation had ended.

The former prosecutors say in the letter the American public deserves more information.


6:30 p.m.

Donald Trump is continuing to raise questions about the integrity of Colorado’s vote-by-mail system without evidence as he pays his second visit to the state in as many days.

Trump tells volunteers at a phone bank before a rally in Greeley, Colorado, “The one thing I worry about is the ballots.”

The GOP nominee has repeatedly raised doubts about the integrity of the U.S. election despite the fact that experts say fraud is extremely rare.

Trump described a fictional scene on Saturday in which ballot-counters only log the votes they like.

Still, Trump sounds confident about his chances in the state. President Barack Obama won Colorado in both 2008 and 2012.

He asks, “Are we doing as well in Colorado as I’m hearing? I’m hearing like unbelievable things.”


5:30 p.m.

Tim Kaine says the FBI director James Comey’s announcement that the agency is reviewing new emails that may be connected to Hillary Clinton has “revved up enthusiasm” among Democrats.

The Democratic vice presidential candidate is speaking at a rally in Taylor, Michigan. Kaine says it was “very unusual” that Comey sent a letter to Congress about newly found emails just 11 days before the election.

Kaine’s encouraging the crowd not to be “distracted” by the latest email news.

The Clinton campaign is calling on the FBI to release more information about the emails and the investigation immediately.

The new emails were discovered in a separate inquiry into sexting by former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. Weiner is the estranged husband of long-time Clinton aide Huma Abedin.


3:30 p.m.

Donald Trump is thanking former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner for his role in the FBI’s discovery of new emails that may be pertinent to its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Trump tells a rowdy rally crowd in Las Vegas that, “We never thought we were going to say thank you to Anthony Weiner.”

The new emails were discovered during a separate investigation into Weiner’s sexting. Weiner is the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Trump is also again accusing the Justice Department of trying to protect Clinton. He offered no evidence of his claim.

But he says, “Hillary has nobody but herself to blame for her mounting legal problems.”


2:45 p.m.

A law enforcement official says FBI investigators in the Anthony Weiner sexting probe knew for weeks about the existence of newly discovered emails that might be relevant to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

FBI Director James Comey said he was briefed Thursday about that development; he told Congress on Friday that investigators had found emails that were potentially relevant to the Clinton investigation.

The emails were found on a device that belonged to Weiner, the estranged husband of close Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

The official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A second law enforcement official also said the FBI was aware for a period of time about the emails before Comey was briefed, but wasn’t more specific.

__ Associated Press writer Eric Tucker.


2:30 p.m.

Hilary Clinton is slamming Donald Trump’s lack of charitable giving, saying “it’s always Donald Trump first and everyone else second.”

Clinton singled out a Washington Post report that Trump attended a fundraiser for young children with HIV but never donated money. “Who does that?” she asked.

Clinton is speaking to gay and lesbian supporters in South Florida, where she’s spent the day campaigning. She said Trump has a “terrible record on LGBT rights” and warned he would nominate Supreme Court justices who would overturn the legality of gay marriage.

Clinton urged supporters to show up to vote in big numbers, declaring, “Let’s break every single record.”


12:55 p.m.

Donald Trump’s wife will be making a rare appearance on the campaign trail with just days to go before Election Day.

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweets that Melania Trump will deliver a speech Thursday in suburban Pennsylvania.

It will be her first appearance on the campaign trail since her speech at the Republican National Convention.

That speech was well-received. But it was quickly overshadowed with allegations that she had plagiarized sections from a speech given by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Mrs. Trump has taken an unusually behind-the-scenes role in the election, choosing to stay home with her son instead of joining her husband on the trail.

The campaign did not immediately respond to questions about the topic of the speech or whether she would be accompanied by her husband.