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Trump quickly backtracks on Clinton’s emails: ‘I think I read that and I heard it’

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Donald Trump was unable to produce any evidence on Thursday when pressed over his claims regarding Hillary Clinton’s email server, Media Matters reported.

“She shouldn’t have had a personal server, okay?” Trump told NBC News anchor Lester Holt. “She shouldn’t have had it, it’s illegal. What she did is illegal. Now she might not be judged that way because we have a rigged system, but what she did is illegal. She shouldn’t have had a personal server.”

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“But is there any evidence it was hacked other than routine phishing?” Holt asked.

“I think I read that, and I heard it,” Trump replied. “And somebody also gave me that information.”

“Where?” Holt asked.

“I will report back to you,” Trump said. “I will give it to you.”

“You said it with such certainty yesterday,” Holt observed, making reference to the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s speech attacking Clinton on Wednesday.

“I don’t know if certainty. Probably she was hacked,” Trump said. “You know what, you can be hacked and not know but it she probably was hacked. The fact is she should not have had a personal server.”

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Trump also dodged when Holt pressed him on his accusation that Clinton was “sleeping” during the fatal attack in Benghazi, which Clinton refuted while speaking under oath.

“She might have been sleeping. What?” Trump said. “Because she put out a tweet, somebody said she put out a tweet, therefore she wasn’t sleeping? Nobody else could put out a tweet?”

Watch footage from the interview, as posted by Media Matters, below.

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Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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‘Retaliation plain and simple’: Vaccine agency top Doc fired by Trump administration files whistleblower complaint

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Dr. Rick Bright has retained an attorney and will be filing a whistleblower complaint after the Trump administration fired him from his position as head of the federal agency charged with developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Bright was moved to a different agency with a narrower focus after he raised concerns over President Donald Trump's obsession with promoting hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug recent studies found doubles the death rate in coronavirus patients.

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Checking blood for coronavirus antibodies – 3 questions answered about serological tests and immunity

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Coronavirus testing in the United States is moving into a new phase as scientists begin looking into people’s blood for signs they’ve been infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This technique is called serological testing.

Virologist Daniel Stadlbauer helped develop a serological test to detect SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and helped transfer it from the research lab to the clinical setting. Epidemiologist Aubree Gordon regularly uses serological assays in her research studies on influenza and dengue fever. She’s now established serological testing for SARS-CoV-2 in her research lab.

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