NEWS
10/15/2016 12:03 EDT | Updated 10/16/2017 01:12 EDT

The Latest: Clinton aides hoped stars could boost campaign

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

4 p.m.

As Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign geared up in 2015, her aides hoped to procure some star power to give her a boost — someone sensational, but not too sensational.

New hacked emails released via WikiLeaks show that Clinton's scheduling director asked aides for a list of celebrities willing to help the campaign and suggested options "somewhere between a high school band and Lady Gaga."

Aides quickly gave the go-ahead to using actress Julianne Moore. One aide said "Girls" creator Lena Dunham would help but cautioned that the actress was "a bit more edgy." Also floated were Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jesse Taylor Ferguson, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

In another email, an aide listed musical performers who would likely help if in New York, among them Nick Jonas, Jon Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, John Legend and Alicia Keys.

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3:20 p.m.

Donald Trump says he raised $100 million last month for his presidential campaign and Republican partners.

That would make September the best fundraising month Trump has had. But it was no match for Hillary Clinton. The Democratic nominee raised $154 million last month.

Trump and his allies began October with $75 million in cash reserves — exactly half of what Clinton's team said it had.

Trump's statement on Saturday comes five days ahead of when he and Clinton will file September fundraising details with federal regulators. Clinton disclosed her monthly totals two weeks ago.

Trump's September fundraising includes a $2 million personal donation.

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3:10 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan's office says the Wisconsin Republican is "fully confident" that the November election will be carried out "with integrity."

Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong says the U.S. democracy "relies on confidence in election results." She says Ryan has confidence in the states, which oversee voting.

Ryan's office was responding to a question about whether the speaker agreed with Donald Trump's assertion that the election may be "rigged." Trump has offered no evidence to back up his claim.

Ryan has said he will no longer defend Trump or campaign for him. But he has not revoked his endorsement of the Republican presidential nominee.

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1:55 p.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign is hitting back against Donald Trump's assertion the White House race is shaping up as "a rigged election."

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says participation in the electoral system — and particularly voting — is something to be encouraged, and not, in his words, "dismissed or undermined because a candidate is afraid he's going to lose."

Mook points to what he says will be a record turnout on Election Day. And he says voters will turn out in unprecedented numbers because they can see through Trump's "shameful attempts to undermine an election weeks before it happens."

Trump posted tweets on Saturday morning alleging "false and unsubstantiated charges" and "outright lies" are being pushed by the media as part of a scheme to help elect Clinton president.

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1:10 p.m.

Donald Trump is accusing rival Hillary Clinton of being on some kind of drug during the last debate, and says that both candidates should be tested for substances ahead of the next one.

The Republican presidential nominee offered no evidence to support the bizarre claim, which he appeared to base on his belief that Clinton was energetic at the start of their second debate and downbeat at its conclusion.

He says, "I think she's actually getting pumped up" while she's off the trail. He also mocked Clinton for what he suggested was wasting time by preparing for their debates.

Trump called on both candidates to take a drug test prior to the final debate on Wednesday.

The GOP nominee made the extraordinary, baseless assertion when speaking at an outdoor rally on Saturday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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12:55 p.m.

Donald Trump's campaign is denouncing and severing ties with the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, Matt Borges.

It's the latest crack in GOP unity in the critical battleground state, where Republican Gov. John Kasich is also not behind the party's presidential nominee. Borges has been openly critical of Trump on several occasions and told some Ohio news outlets he wasn't sure if he would vote for Trump.

Trump's Ohio chairman Bob Paduchik is accusing Borges of undermining Trump as part of a bid to be the next Republican National Committee chair. Borges has been mentioned as a possible successor to Reince Priebus.

Paduchik says in a letter to state committee members that Trump is "very disappointed in Matt's duplicity."

Paduchik says he still expects the Ohio Republican Party to pay the campaign's payroll and expenses in the state.

Borges did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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9 a.m.

Donald Trump has taken to Twitter on Saturday morning to go after Hillary Clinton and the media, and to claim again that the presidential race is looking like — in his words — "a rigged election."

That's an unprecedented assertion in a country with a history of peaceful democratic transition.

Trump is denying stories in which some women have accused him of sexual misconduct.

He says the allegations are "100 per cent fabricated and made-up charges" and are being pushed by the Clinton campaign and the media. Trump says they "may poison the minds of the American Voter" and he claims: "FIX!"

Trump tweets that such "false and unsubstantiated charges, and outright lies" are being pushed before the Nov. 8 election in order to put Clinton in the White House.