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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's senior advisor as Secretary of State and current campaign vice-chairman, said in a deposition this week that she "always tried to do the right thing" in terms of using email while working with Clinton at the State Department.

The transcript of the deposition was released today by the conservative-action group Judicial Watch, which is suing the State Department for records related to Abedin's employment status while she worked for both Clinton at the State Department and an outside group.

A judge in the case has ruled basic discovery should include an understanding of how Clinton used her email, and this allowed many of Clinton's former staffers to be deposed.

The scope of inquiry covers Abedin and Clinton's use of a controversial private email server. Unlike Clinton, Abedin also had an email address provided by the State Department and she told lawyers did the "vast majority" of her work on that government account, according to the deposition transcript. In that same interview Abedin said she used the private email address "for the Clinton family matters" and for her own personal email.

Abedin said she didn't remember being told not to use private email for work-related purposes, suggesting she knew that practice would have been wrong.

"I always tried to do the right thing and tried to be on my State.gov BlackBerry," Abedin said in the deposition. Moments later she clarified slightly, saying she believed the use of a private email was allowed. "Did I think I wasn't allowed to use Clinton e-mail? No. I thought I -- I thought that was permitted. But my -- my practice was to use State.gov," Abedin said, referencing the State Department's email domain.

Abedin also said that in one instance both she and Clinton grew frustrated with the fact that Clinton's email message sent from her private account were going into the State Department's spam folder, according to the transcript. At one point she said it cause a communication failure that resulted in Clinton missing a call with a foreign dignitary. "So she wasn't able to do her job, do what she needed to do," Abedin said of the incident in her deposition.

Abedin also said she and Clinton were the only ones at the State Department using Clinton's private email server, which at the time was located at the Clinton's family home in Chappaqua, NY.

Clinton has apologized for her use of a private email -- first doing so in an interview with ABC News -- but she has always maintained that she did nothing illegal, particularly as it concerned her handling of sensitive information. The FBI is still investigating the use of the private server, and officials familiar with the probe do not believe the bureau will find any criminal wrongdoing.

Last month the State Department's inspector general found that she would not have been approved to use a private email had she asked in the first place. The Clinton campaign and Abedin have yet to respond to a request for comment.

The State Department said it would not comment on Abedin's statements as it is a matter of ongoing litigation.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund is behind a new anti-Hillary Clinton ad released Wednesday that appears to have been filmed in a U.S. national cemetery, which would be a violation of government policy.

The "Stop Clinton, Vote Trump" advertisement, which the NRA says was filmed outside an unidentified national cemetery, criticizes Clinton for the fatal Benghazi, Libya, attacks and urges voters to support Donald Trump in the general election.

It features Mark "Oz" Geist, one of six former elite military operatives who fought back in the 2012 Libya terror attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Portions of the ad appear to show Geist overlooking the cemetery while others show him walking the grounds.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has seen the advertisement, issuing a statement to ABC News that reflects the agency’s strict prohibition of filming campaign ads on national cemetery property that contains the graves of military personnel, veterans and their spouses.

"To date, the National Cemetery Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs has not received or approved any filming requests of this nature," VA spokesman James Hutton told ABC News. “NCA did not receive a request from the NRA to film the subject advertisement. If we had received such a request, we would have denied it based on the partisan content.

"As always, our veterans, their families and survivors are our top priority. To maintain the sanctity and decorum of VA National Cemeteries as national shrines, our filming policy states that filming may not be used for the expression of partisan or political viewpoints, or for uses that are (or may be interpreted as) an endorsement of a commercial entity," Hutton said.

In the ad, Geist says, "Hillary as president - no thanks. I served in Benghazi. My friends didn't make it. They did their part. Do yours."

 Despite the ad’s showing Geist walking among tombstones on the cemetery grounds, the NRA told ABC News it was filmed outside of a national cemetery. The NRA would not say which national cemetery it used to produce the ad, but denied it was Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The restrictions apply to all the 134 national cemeteries maintained by the V.A. in 40 states and Puerto Rico.

The NRA endorsed Trump in May. The ad is one of the few coming from a third-party group that backs Trump. The NRA spent $2 million on this ad and plans to air it in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The Clinton camp slammed the ad.

"It's outrageous that the gun lobby is standing in the way of keeping dangerous assault weapons out of the hands of terrorists while also politicizing a terrorist attack in an effort to hurt Hillary Clinton and aid Donald Trump," Clinton campaign spokesman Glen Caplin today said in a statement provided to ABC News. "The country would be a better and safer place if the gun lobby invested their resources in common sense measures to save lives instead of trying to save Donald Trump's candidacy."

The ad comes on the heels of an 800-page report published by House Republicans on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that is strongly critical of the Obama administration and Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Donald Trump’s supporters appeared to further his feud with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, showing their ire by breaking into a stereotypical Native American war cry when her name was mentioned at Trump’s Maine rally today -- a jab over Warren's claims about her heritage.

Conservative radio host Howie Carr brought up the liberal Massachusetts senator prior to Trump coming onto the stage at a Bangor, Maine rally.

"I heard Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren campaigning. You know Elizabeth Warren right?” Carr told the crowd.

Carr was referring to the first joint campaign appearance of Clinton and Warren earlier this week in Ohio. Warren has served as a surrogate for Clinton and has been praised by Clinton’s campaign for her ability to take on Trump.

The mention of Warren by Carr led Trump supporters to chant, “Pocahontas.” When Carr put his hand to his mouth and began making a whooping noise to mimic a stereotypical Native American war cry, Trump supporters began to do so too.

WATCH: Howie Carr imitates "war whoop" to mock Elizabeth Warren at @realDonaldTrump event. https://t.co/CJDaHk8E5K

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 29, 2016

"Elizabeth Warren said, or maybe it was Hillary, she said the only people for Donald Trump are rich guys. Are any of you guys out there rich guys? I don’t see too many rich guys out here today,” Carr said.

Trump later took the stage but did not mention Warren. However, in the past, he has repeatedly mocked Warren, calling her “goofy” and “Pocahontas” on Twitter. Warren has said that she has Native American heritage, but Trump claims that she has made fraudulent claims about her background to advance her career. Warren has denied those claims.

After Warren’s appearance with Clinton earlier this week, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown said that Warren should take a DNA test to prove she has Native American heritage.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- On a self-described "rant" about populism, but without mentioning Donald Trump by name, President Obama Wednesday submitted that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s rhetoric is not populism, but actually "nativism or xenophobia."

“They don’t suddenly become a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes," the president said, taking a moment of liberty at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa, Canada, after several questions at a news conference explored Trump’s campaign rhetoric.

"That’s not the measure of populism. That’s nativism. Or xenophobia or worse. Or it’s just cynicism."

"I would just advise everybody to be careful about suddenly attributing to whoever pops up at a time of economic anxiety the label that they’re populist,” the president implored at the National Gallery of Canada. “Where have they been? Have they been on the front lines working on behalf of working people?”

Obama said people like Sen. Bernie Sanders, who have campaigned for social opportunity, “deserve the title,” while someone who has never shown the same regard for workers, social issues and making sure poor kids have a shot at life does not meet the standard.

"Let’s just be clear that somebody who labels ‘us versus them’ or engages in rhetoric about how we're going to look after ourselves and take it to the other guy; that's not the definition of populism. Sorry,” Obama deadpanned.

The president then jokingly apologized for his "rant."

"This is one of the prerogatives of when you're at the end of your term,” he said. “You go on these occasional rants."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Two women named Misty won primary races Tuesday night but the similarities between them don't stop there.

Both Misty Snow, who won the Democratic Senate primary in Utah, and Misty Plowright, who won a Democratic congressional primary in Colorado, are transgender.

"It's kind of baffling when I found out," Plowright said of Snow's campaign.

"We even used some of the same language to describe some of the same things," she said.

They were inspired to launch their inaugural political campaigns in part by Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential run.

Misty Snow, 30, who beat her Democratic competitor by nearly 19 percent in the primary, said she believes her working class background is striking a chord with voters.

She did not attend college and has been working as a cashier at Harmons grocery store for more than 13 years.

"A lot of people in Congress have never been poor. They have no concept of what it's like to be scraping by paycheck to paycheck," Snow said.

For her part, 33-year-old Plowright also "encountered financial barriers and was unable to attend college" and enlisted in the Army. She told ABC that she was a self-described "computer geek" during her time in the military and currently works as an IT consultant. She was a longtime independent but became a registered Democrat because of Sanders' campaign, she said. She launched her campaign in late March.

Plowright is married to a woman and they have a "loving, long-term, committed relationship with their mutual partner, Sebastian," according to her campaign bio page.

She has been open about her polyamorous love life since the beginning of the campaign, and said that it has not been a major factor with voters.

"There hasn't been much interest in it any time that it comes up, I simply explain it to people," she told ABC News.

Plowright said that she didn't "want to run away" from her her trans identity but sees her candidacy as a way to help raise awareness.

"One of the really big things that really helped create the sea of change for gay rights was people getting to know gay people ... and you realize that gay people are amazingly enough -- people," she said. "The same thing is true with people who are trans and the more that we are out there and the more people get to know us ... things will really start to get a lot better and the same sea of change will happen."

As the first transgender person from a major political party to run for Senate, she said "a lot of people have told me that I've made a difference by running and that they appreciate it."

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(OTTAWA, Canada) -- President Obama indirectly blamed ISIS for Tuesday's terrorist attack in Istanbul, calling the carnage "an indication of how little these vicious organizations have to offer" to society.

“We stand with the people of Turkey and we intend to do what's necessary to make sure that these kinds of terrible events are not happening," Obama told reporters following a meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in Ottawa, Canada.

Obama also extended his “deepest condolences” to the people of Turkey for what he called a “terrible attack” in Istanbul. The president said he was in touch with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“I had a chance to speak to President Erdogan earlier today to discuss with him not only how heartbroken we have been by the images of the injured and those killed but also to reaffirm our strong commitment to partner with Turkey, with NATO, with the broad-based alliance that we've structured around the world to fight ISIL,” Obama said.

Although ISIS has not claimed responsibility, U.S. lawmakers have indicated the attack mirrors tactics previously executed by the terror group.

“While it is too early to determine who is ultimately responsible, this attack does fit the model previously employed by ISIL,” Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated. “These attacks are tragic reminders that ISIL is not contained and that America and our allies need a comprehensive and decisive strategy to defeat this extremist group.”

The terrorist attack at Ataturk International Airport left 41 people dead and 239 others injured, according to Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- Voting for Donald Trump? That doesn’t mean you’re completely on board, according to a new analysis of data from this week’s ABC News/Washington Post poll.

With presumptive nominees Trump and Hillary Clinton garnering the lowest favorability ratings of major candidates in recent times, some voters say they are choosing to hold their noses and pull the lever in the ballot boxes.

“Unfortunately, all that’s left is really Trump or Clinton, so I gotta say Trump,” Heath Sandbulte, a 33-year-old veteran of the Iraq war from Pella, Iowa, who participated in the poll, told ABC News. “I don’t like either one of them.”

Indeed, less than half of people who support Trump or Clinton say they are “very comfortable” with the idea of their candidate as president. But the poll shows that a significant block of Trump supporters harbor a unique reluctance and hesitancy, despite their plans to back him.

The poll shows 18 percent of people who say they will vote for Trump say that the real estate mogul is not qualified to be president. One in six Trump supporters (16 percent) admit that Clinton has a better temperament to be president.

When asked specifically about the recent shooting in Orlando, Florida that killed dozens at a gay nightclub, two in 10 Trump backers (19 percent) said Clinton showed better temperament, with another 17 percent unwilling to pick a side.

“If there’s a situation that requires a little more tact, I don’t know that Trump will have it,” Sandbulte said. Clinton’s defections are in the low single digits on these questions.

A sweeping two in three Trump supporters (67 percent) say the GOP presumptive nominee’s comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s heritage was inappropriate, and almost half of those (30 percent) went so far as to say his comment was racist.

Only a quarter of people who say they will vote for Trump (26 percent) defended the remark as appropriate. Plus, three in 10 supporters of Trump say they disapprove of the way he’s handling questions about Trump University, while less than half -- only 44 percent -- say they approve of his responses.

Clinton backers aren’t afraid to voice qualms with their own candidate either. One in three of them say they disapprove of the way she’s handling questions about her personal e-mail use at the State Department.

Two in 10 people who say they will vote for Clinton (19 percent) say they are “anxious” about the idea of her as president -- but still far fewer than the 35 percent of Trump supporters who say they are “anxious” about Trump as president.

Trump’s comments on the campaign trail have drawn some criticism from leaders on his own side of the aisle, prompting some Republicans to withhold endorsements or avoid attending the GOP convention next month.

But a majority of Trump supporters don’t object to GOP efforts to keep Trump in line. Fifty-five percent say that other Republicans should speak out when they disagree with his views -- not avoid criticizing him.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The decision by a number of well-known Republicans to leave the party because of Donald Trump's ascension to the top of the ticket could be seen as an effort to help rebuild the party, some experts say.

Longtime conservative and political columnist George Will said he recently changed his voter registration from Republican to unaffiliated.

Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who is Republican and served under President George W. Bush, wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post why a Trump presidency is bad for the country, declaring that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton this fall.

And Brent Scowcroft, who was the national security adviser to Republican Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, put out a statement supporting Clinton and her "wisdom and experience." He did not mention Trump by name.

The "Never Trump" movement gathered steam during the primaries and there are still elected officials who say they support the idea. The recent announcements by party elders could also represent a rebuke of Trump's campaign.

Hans Noel, an associate professor at Georgetown University, said longtime party members "don’t think [Trump] is going to win, so they don’t need to back him."

Regarding Will and Paulson, "Their careers are winding down. So they just care about their legacy. They are jumping on the bandwagon now because Trump’s poor performance is making it relevant," Noel noted.

Noel said these developments within the GOP mean that the party "is thinking ahead to life after Trump. And I think if Trump loses big, then the rebuilding task is easier."

James Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo who has written a book about political polarization, said many Republicans view the November election as a lose-lose proposition.

"If Hillary wins, they and the nation loses," Campbell said. "In the unlikely event that Trump wins, the nation loses and the party is saddled with Trump into the future."

Zorine Bhappu Shirley, who served as regional finance director for the Republican National Committee in the 1980s and the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the 1990s, said discontent among Republicans has been growing in recent years.

"Over the years, we have become a bigger government party - higher taxes, bailouts, and corruption - all these things that run contrary to what I believe a Republican believes in," Shirley told ABC News.

I don't know if we continue in that direction, if we can heal this and unify the party," she said.

That said, she is still supporting Trump's bid for the White House.

"I feel as if I have more faith that Trump will do what is right knowing that Hillary will do everything that I am against," Shirley said.

Campbell warns that if Trump and his policies end up being viewed as the Republican establishment, that could be a "recipe for political failure."

"I think it is not too early to start the recriminations for the Trump fiasco. The establishment ignored the Tea Party by ramming through McCain and Romney and now the Tea Party folks are openly at war with their own party's establishment," he explained.

"Someone has to figure out a way to bring the party together. I am not convinced that leaving the party is a productive route to doing this," he said.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- When it comes to television advertising, Hillary Clinton is blowing Donald Trump out of the water.

Clinton and her allies have outspent Trump forces by more than $20 million in June on television advertising, according to an ABC News analysis of CMAG/Kantar Media data.

For every $1 that Trump and his allies spent on television in June, Clinton and her allies spent $12. The presumptive Democratic nominee and her main super PAC, which can raise unlimited funds, doled out about $23 million during the month of June.

Almost nine in every 10 dollars spent on television in June were spent boosting Clinton’s campaign. Six in 10 dollars came from Priorities USA Action, the Clinton-backing super PAC, with another quarter of spending coming from Clinton’s campaign itself.

Trump’s campaign, meanwhile, has spent no money on television advertising, while unofficial super PACs backing his bid spent less than $2 million.

The lack of advertising spending isn’t a change in strategy for the real estate mogul -- his bare-bones primary campaign relied heavily on dominating news coverage, but spending little money on advertising or staff.

But this means Clinton’s ground game has a monumental head start moving into the general election. Her campaign and her main super PAC have almost $100 million the bank -- more than 20 times as much as Trump and his allies. And according to campaign finance records, Clinton has nearly 10 times as many staff on her campaign’s payroll: 684 vs. 70.

The Sanders campaign and environmentally-focused super PAC NextGen Climate also each spent money leading up to the California primary during the first week of June.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The House Select Committee on Benghazi released its 800-page report Tuesday on the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead, wrapping up its two-year, $7 million investigation.

The report did not challenge the main conclusions of previous investigations, and includes new findings about the events around the attacks and their aftermath in Libya and Washington, culled from more than 80 new interviews and thousands of pages of documents.

Here’s a look at the report’s big takeaways:


The new report, like others before it, did not find any new evidence of wrongdoing by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Obama administration officials, though it was critical of the response from officials following the attack.

Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who has faced criticism that his panel has targeted Clinton because of her presidential run, insisted Tuesday that the report “has never been about one person.”

“Democrats want to make this about one person. That's never been our intention,” he told reporters.

Two Republicans on the committee -- Reps. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Jim Jordan of Ohio -- released their own analysis of the report that more directly faults Clinton and her leadership, accusing her and top Obama administration officials of putting politics before policy and endangering the lives of Americans.

“My job is to report facts,” Gowdy said of the majority’s report.

One of the panel’s most revealing discoveries was Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department, a revelation that has dogged her presidential campaign and prompted an FBI investigation.


The report describes the bureaucratic confusion following the attack, detailing how assets sent to Libya did not leave for hours after orders were given by the secretary of Defense -- and how one unit was forced to change in and out of uniforms four times as officials debated protocol.

The report also claims that the Libyans who evacuated Americans from the CIA Annex to the Benghazi airport were former Moammar Gadhafi loyalists who had served the former leader the year before -- and not members of the militias the CIA had cultivated relationships with.

The investigation also described details of a high-level meeting at the White House on the evening of the attack. Separately, emails from senior Clinton aides at the State Department also indicated that Clinton was preparing a trip to Libya in October of 2012.

The report, citing interviews with administration officials, also describes administration deliberations before and after Susan Rice, the national security adviser and former United Nations ambassador, appeared on five Sunday shows to represent the White House following the attacks. Rice was later criticized for claiming that they grew out of protests of an anti-Muslim YouTube video.


Previous investigations into the Benghazi attacks found that U.S. forces in Europe would not have been able to reach Benghazi in time to rescue Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the three other Americans who died. The new report doesn’t challenge that conclusion, even as it adds details to administration decision-making and mobilization.

“Nothing could've reached Benghazi because nothing was ever headed to Benghazi,” Gowdy said Tuesday. “At the time that those two Americans were killed, not a single wheel on a single US military asset had even turned toward Libya.”


Republicans say the administration “severely tested” Congress’ oversight by resisting requests for documents and witnesses from the committee, and that “serial delays” delayed the release of their report, leaving unanswered questions.

The committee even considered beginning procedures to hold Secretary of State John Kerry and CIA Director John Brennan in contempt of Congress for the delays, according to the report, which recommends changes to House and Senate rules to force the administration to be more responsive to future requests from Congress.


The report also includes seven pages of recommendations based off of the attacks and the administration response, including closer coordination between agencies for emergency planning, and joint training exercises.

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ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver predicted on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday that Hillary Clinton will win the general election against Donald Trump.

Clinton has a 79 percent chance of winning the election, compared to Trump's 20 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s forecast.

Chances of winning the election according to @FiveThirtyEight and @NateSilver538:
Clinton - 79%
Trump - 20% pic.twitter.com/LkCN7lBot5

— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 29, 2016

"We're at halftime of the election right now," Silver said. "She's taking a seven-point, maybe a ten-point lead into half time. There's a lot of football left to be played. She's ahead in almost every poll, every swing state, every national poll."

Silver said "both candidates have a lot of room to grow," but historically the only candidate to blow a lead like the one Clinton holds now was former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis in 1988.

"Trump has never been ahead of Clinton in the general election campaign," Silver said. "He did a great job of appealing to the 40 percent of the GOP he had to win the election, the primary -- a lot different than winning 51 percent of 100 percent."

Silver called 49 out of 50 states correctly in the 2008 election and got all 50 states correct in the 2012 election.

FiveThirtyEight launches its general election forecast later Wednesday here.

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ABC News (ST. CLARKSVILLE, Ohio) — In an effort to narrow in on economics and hammer Hillary Clinton on trade, Donald Trump got graphic on Thursday in describing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster, done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country. Just a continuing rape of our country. That’s what it is too,” he said at a rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

“It’s a harsh word. It's a rape of our country. This is done by wealthy people that want to take advantage of us, and that want to sign another partnership. So Hillary Clinton not so long ago said this is the gold standard of trade pacts,” he went on.

He also blamed the loss of jobs in Ohio on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and reminded voters that Clinton was "married to the man that signed NAFTA."

“It was signed by Bill Clinton, and I assume Hillary was there watching over him,” he said.

Earlier in the day in Monessen, Pennsylvania, Trump laid out a seven-point plan to “Make America Wealthy Again."

Reading from a teleprompter, he claimed the country was robbed by the financial elite of which he “used to be” a part of.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump's backers expressed a range of opinions over the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s tweak in his proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., according to phone interviews with participants in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Some criticized Trump’s bowing to political pressure, while others praised what they called a pragmatic move that could strengthen his hand in the general election.

Trump in recent weeks appears to have moderated his original policy, which called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," to a ban on immigration from "terrorist countries."

Melvin Hicks, a retired 79-year-old mechanical engineer and a Trump backer from Lakeland, Florida, supported the candidate's original pledge in December to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., and expressed disappointment over the shift.

"I would have rather he stayed with his stronger position," he said. "He's getting a lot of pressure and I think he's wilted a little bit there."

Other Trump voters see the apparent shift as pragmatic. “I think he's probably getting pressure from the government people,” said auto body shop owner Roger Crouse, 60, of Winona Lake, Indiana. “I think he's just trying to win -- you’ve got to win more people.”

Trump supporter Margie Burns, 50, a secretary and Virginia resident, told ABC News that she accepts Trump’s shift “if it helps get him into office.”

One Trump supporter who said that the candidate's original approach to Muslim immigration amounted to “reintroducing prejudices” told ABC News he now supports the tweaked version.

“Any country that especially has a lot of support for terrorism, we should be careful of anyway,” said Heath Sandbulte, 33, of Pella, Iowa who is a veteran of the Iraq War and works as an assembler in a factory.

Michigander Carly Rasper, 18, a college student who works as a summer deli cook, is still debating whether to vote for Trump.

“I think that he is a bit extreme, but also at the same time extreme measures need to be taken,” Rasper said. She supports Trump’s shift because it is “not assuming that everyone is a terrorist, but I’d rather be safe than sorry.”

The Trump campaign has denied that Trump is rolling back his proposed Muslim ban. Former Pennsylvania Rick Santorum echoed this sentiment, telling ABC News, “Does it make sense to focus on all of the countries where most of them come from? Yes, it does. I don't think that it's a backing away from the policy.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump has maintained and even increased his favorability numbers among white Protestant Republican voters in the past few weeks, a recent Gallup poll shows.

The numbers stand in stark contrast to the latest ABC News-Washington Post poll showing his loss of support in the past few weeks among several other key voting blocs, including Hispanics and African-Americans.

The Gallup poll found that Trump’s favorability among “highly religious” white Protestant Republicans increased to 66 percent this month from 57 percent in the window between February and the end of May. The 9-point gain is reflective of attitudes among evangelical Republicans, according to Gallup.

“Highly religious white Protestant Republicans, a core group whose support presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sought last week, are slightly more positive about Trump now than they were from February to May,” Gallup said.

Fifty-four percent of white Protestant Republicans identify as highly religious, according to Gallup.

The poll reflects positively on Trump’s efforts to reach out to evangelical voters, as evidenced by his recent speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Washington. The slight increase in support for Trump comes after Sen. Ted Cruz’s decision to drop out of the race in May. Cruz had performed well among evangelical voters.

Gallup points out, however, that when factoring in race and partisanship, “religiosity doesn’t make much of a difference in views of Trump.”

Trump polls relatively well among all white Protestant Republicans. Trump’s favorability increased three points among “moderately religious” white Protestant Republicans, to 73 percent from 70 percent in the same period of time, while remaining mostly steady among “not religious” white Protestant Republicans.

Sixty-five percent of Republicans who identified in the Gallup poll this month as “not religious” white Protestants view Trump favorably, which is not a statistically significant difference from the 64 percent of the “not religious” white Protestant Republicans who viewed him favorably between February and May.

While support among highly religious white Protestant Republicans increased, the Gallup poll also shows that support among white Protestant Republicans overall has remained steady and relatively close in number among people claiming varying degrees of religiosity.

Given the relatively small difference in favorability among highly religious white Protestant Republicans, when compared to “moderately religious” and “not religious” white Protestant Republicans, Gallup concludes, “it's not clear whether Trump will ever generate the type of differentially strong appeal among evangelicals as was the case for Cruz.”

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- Following the release of the House Republicans on the Benghazi Select Committee’s final report, Hillary Clinton brushed off the document, saying it was nothing new and that it was “time to move on.”

“I'll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it's pretty clear it's time to move on,” Clinton told reporters while campaigning in Denver, Colorado.

“I said this when I testified for 11 hours that no one has thought more about or lost more sleep over the lives that we lost, the four Americans, which was devastating,” Clinton said. “We owe it to those brave Americans to make sure we learn the right lessons from this tragedy.”

Clinton also seemed to suggest that the Benghazi committee spent millions of taxpayers' money for nothing and that the report “took on partisan tinge.”

The report says U.S. State Department officials, including presumptive Democratic nominee Clinton, should’ve been on alert because there was intelligence leading up to the attacks suggesting the diplomatic consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi were not safe. The 2012 Libya terror attacks killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

In a statement earlier Tuesday, the Clinton campaign slammed the Benghazi Select Committee for releasing parts of the report overnight and argued committee Republicans are “finishing their work in the same, partisan way that we've seen from them since the beginning.”

“In leaking out select portions from their report in the middle of the night, without even allowing some of the committee's own members to see it, the Republican members are clearly seeking to avoid any fact-checking of their discredited, conspiracy theories,” Brian Fallon, spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said in the statement.

"After more than two years and more than $7 million in taxpayer funds, the Committee report has not found anything to contradict the conclusions of the multiple, earlier investigations,” the statement from the Clinton campaign read.

The statement went on to say that the report is an attempted takedown of Clinton ahead of the general election, pointing to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s comments on Fox News and a former staffer’s claims that he was fired from the Benghazi committee for refusing to focus solely on Clinton.

“This Committee's chief goal is to politicize the deaths of four brave Americans in order to try to attack the Obama administration and hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign,” the statement read.

During a press conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy, fought back accusations that the report was partisan, arguing that the Republicans’ report mentions Clinton far less than the Democrats' report released yesterday. The Republicans’ report came to no new conclusions from previous investigations about Clinton’s wrongdoing in the Benghazi attack.

“My audience are fair-minded Americans who want to know what happened to their fellow citizens and they can draw their own conclusion,” Rep. Gowdy said Tuesday in a press conference on Capitol Hill, adding, “If you can read this report and you believe on the last page of the report that it is about one person instead of about four people, then there is nothing I can say that is going to diffuse you of that.”

The RNC released a statement following the press conference, saying, “Hillary Clinton was in charge, knew the risks and did nothing. Together the report’s findings make clear we cannot afford to let Hillary Clinton be our next commander-in-chief.”

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump hit Clinton on Twitter Tuesday, saying Benghazi was "just another Hillary Clinton failure."


Benghazi is just another Hillary Clinton failure. It just
never seems to work the way it's supposed to with Clinton.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2016


Less than a week ago, Trump also tweeted that Clinton lies to Benghazi families.


If you want to know about Hillary Clinton's honesty & judgment, ask the family of Ambassador Stevens.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016


Trump has also praised Chairman Gowdy as a “seasoned prosecutor” when Gowdy was first appointed to lead the committee, but then later criticized Gowdy in 2015 on Twitter after he endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for president.


I hope @TGowdySC does better for Rubio than he did at the #Benghazi hearings, which were a total disaster for Republicans & America!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2015


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