The Latest: ‘Very special meeting’ set for Sanders delegates

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the Republican National Convention (all times EDT):

5:45 p.m.

Bernie Sanders plans to meet with 1,900 of his delegates right before the start of the Democratic National Convention on Monday.

The meeting is aimed at providing direction to his undecided supporters after he endorsed presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

The Sanders campaign, in an email to delegates, is promising a “very special meeting with Bernie himself.”

The private meeting will follow morning briefings hosted by the campaign on health care, trade and criminal justice. One session will offer guidance to delegates about “how to keep the political revolution going strong.”

The email was obtained by The Associated Press.

Many Sanders delegates are expressing disappointment — and some uncertainty — as they prepare to descend on Philadelphia for a convention that will nominate Clinton.


4:35 p.m.

The Secret Service is investigating a prominent Donald Trump supporter who said Hillary Clinton should be “shot for treason.”

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback says the agency is aware of comments made by New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro. Hoback says the Secret Service “will conduct the appropriate investigation.”

Baldasaro said Clinton — a former secretary of state who’s the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason” over the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks says Trump and his campaign don’t agree with Baldasaro’s remarks.


4:20 p.m.

Pop singer Demi Lovato, actress Lena Dunham and actor Tony Goldwyn are among the celebrities expected to participate in next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

They’ll be joined by NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former NBA player and gay rights activist Jason Collins and actresses America Ferrara, Eva Longoria and Debra Messing.

Many of the celebrities campaigned on Clinton’s behalf during the primaries.


3:52 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential search is centering on three main contenders.

An announcement is expected as early as this weekend. Clinton is preparing for the Democratic National Convention set to begin Monday in Philadelphia.

Democrats familiar with the search say Clinton’s running mate process has focused on Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

That’s according to Democrats familiar with the process. They spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private discussions.

Clinton is expected to announce her decision during a two-day campaign swing in Florida later this week.


3:49 p.m.

New Hampshire Republicans are strongly condemning a Trump supporter for saying that Hillary Clinton should be “shot for treason.”

New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro said Clinton, a former secretary of state, should be — in his words — “put in the firing line and shot for treason,” over the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

State GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn says Baldasaro’s comments are, in her view, “appalling and have no place in public discourse.”

New Hampshire’s House speaker, Shawn Jasper, says Baldasaro’s remarks are “just outrageous.”


3:31 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has started a Spanish language Twitter account. It’s aimed at what the campaign says are the 40 million-plus people who speak Spanish in the United States.

The account is called @Hillary_esp. The campaign also has a website in Spanish and bilingual voter registration tool.


2:32 p.m.

There was Ted Cruz, the Texas senator and former GOP presidential candidate, discussing “what the future is going to hold” for his White House ambitions.

And then came Donald Trump’s personal jet, flying high in the Cleveland sky.

Right over Cruz’s head.

Cruz, who finished second to Trump in the GOP contest, calls it “pretty well orchestrated.”

Cruz is leaving open a future run for president. He’s speaking at the GOP convention on Wednesday night, but he’s not expected to endorse Trump during the address.


2:21 p.m.

Donald Trump has dramatically landed in Cleveland in advance of accepting the Republican nomination for president.

Trump’s plane landed at an airstrip near Lake Erie and then the celebrity businessman took his helicopter to a landing field at the Great Lakes Science Center a short distance from the convention site.

His wife, Melania Trump, wasn’t with him.

Trump is set to address the GOP convention Thursday night. He may appear with running mate Mike Pence during the vice presidential nominee’s speech Wednesday night.


1:49 p.m.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says that passages incorporated into Melania Trump’s convention speech from Michelle Obama’s convention speech in 2008 show that Americans admire similar values in their political leaders.

Earnest was reacting to news that Meredith McIver, a Trump Organization staff writer, says she made a mistake in including the passages.


1:12 p.m.

A prominent Donald Trump delegate from New Hampshire says Hillary Clinton should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason,” over the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.

New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro appears frequently with Trump and serves as an adviser on veteran’s issues.

He made the remarks Tuesday when asked on a Boston radio program if Clinton was responsible for the Benghazi deaths.

He says Clinton “is a disgrace for the lies she told those mothers about their children,” adding, “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

Baldasaro is known for making controversial comments in his role as a New Hampshire lawmaker. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.


1:03 p.m.

Some delegates to the Republican National Convention are upset that Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) is skipping out on the main events.

Kasich has avoided the convention hall in Cleveland and has refused to endorse Donald Trump, his former presidential rival Donald Trump.

New Hampshire delegate Steve Stepanek says Kasich’s actions are a “real slap in the face” and an “insult” to Trump and Republican delegates from across the country.

Missouri delegate Dave Spence says he’s “a little miffed” at Kasich. Spence supported Kasich in Missouri’s primary. And Kasich helped raise money for Spence’s unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in 2012.

But Spence says Kasich is “trying to be too coy” and should be at the Republican convention in his home state.


12:44 p.m.

A Trump Organization staff writer says she made a “mistake” in including passages from a Michelle Obama speech in Melania Trump’s convention speech.

Meredith McIver says she offered her resignation, but Donald Trump rejected it.

McIver explained her role in the Trump plagiarism controversy in a statement Wednesday.

McIver says Melania Trump read passages of Mrs. Obama’s 2008 convention speech during the writing the process. She says her notes from that conversation made it into the final version.

She says she feels terrible for the “chaos” she caused.

The Trump campaign has said denied accusations of plagiarism, saying the similarities were coincidence.


11:47 a.m.

Donald Trump says the plagiarism charges surrounding his wife’s speech at the Republican National Convention are not necessarily all bad.

Trump says in a tweet, “Good news is Melania’s speech got more publicity than any in the history of politics especially if you believe that all press is good press!”

Mrs. Trump’s speech Monday evening included two passages that matched word-for-word with First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech to the Democratic convention.

Trump advisers have defiantly denied the charge, despite clear evidence to the contrary.

Trump blames the press for harping on the issue, saying the media “is spending more time doing a forensic analysis of Melania’s speech than the FBI spent on Hillary’s emails.”


11:44 a.m.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is preparing for his closely watched moment at the center of the Republican National Convention.

Pence, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s running mate, will speak at the convention in Cleveland Wednesday night. He did a walkthrough at the Quicken Loans Arena that morning.

Joined by his wife Karen, Pence stood onstage at the arena for several minutes, checking the sight lines, doing a mic check and getting comfortable with the TelePrompTers.

Pence, who was selected by Trump last week after days of highly public debate, is expected to vouch for the celebrity businessman’s conservative credentials and call for unity in a Republican Party left divided after a bruising primary fight.