The Latest: Obama says experts cite Russians in DNC hack


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):

8 p.m.

President Barack Obama says experts have attributed the Democratic National Committee hack to the Russians, and he says the FBI continues to investigate.

Obama says this incident aside, the Russians “hack our systems.” He says they hack both government systems and private systems.

Obama tells NBC News that he can’t say what the motives were in leaking thousands of DNC emails. But he says Republican Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He says Trump has been covered favorably by the Russian media.

Asked whether Russia could have leaked the emails to help Trump, Obama says, “Anything’s possible.”

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7:45 p.m.

Former President Jimmy Carter says Hillary Clinton has his support — and he tells delegates at the Democratic National Convention — “I know she will also have yours.”

Carter’s message cane in a video address to delegates.

The former president says these are “perilous times” and the nation needs someone with a “strong heart,” a deep understanding of issues and a “steady hand.”

Carter is also thanking Bernie Sanders for energizing young people and bringing them into the political process.

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7:33 p.m.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager watched the final votes alongside Hillary Clinton’s team.

When Clinton hit the magic number clinching the nomination, Jeff Weaver joined Clinton’s staff in their box.

He gave a big hugs to top Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Jen Palmieri and sat with the team as the remaining states cast their votes. That’s according to a campaign worker.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook cheered and embraced other top staff as the final tally was announced.

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7:25 p.m.

This one’s for posterity purposes.

Here’s what Bernie Sanders said at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday to bring the party’s presidential race to a close and formally nominate Hillary Clinton:

“Madam chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules. I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates, be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States.”

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7:23 p.m.

“Very emotional.”

That’s how Brian Pine, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Vermont, describes the feeling he had watching Sanders make his call at the Democratic National Convention for Hillary Clinton’s nomination.

Pine says the Vermont senator’s supporters must accept the gains they’ve made in the party platform and now move on to support Clinton against Republican Donald Trump.

Pine puts it this way: “In so many ways we’ve won, but the primary’s over and we came up short in the end,” he said.

He says Sanders’ supporters will need time to heal, but should consider the dark reality of a potential Trump presidency.

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7:20 p.m.

Moments after Hillary Clinton officially won the Democratic nomination for president, a large group of Bernie Sanders’ supporters left the convention hall in Philadelphia to hold a sit-in protest at a nearby tent for journalists.

Some supporters had their mouths taped shut. A few others sang “This Land is Your Land” and held a banner that read, “We The People.”

They say they’re holding a peaceful protest to complain about being shut out by the Democratic Party.

One protester is 64-year-old Talat Khan, of San Bernardino, California.

He says: “It’s for the betterment of our children and the future of our children.”

Earlier Tuesday, Sanders asked the convention to nominate Clinton by acclamation. The delegates did so, to wild cheers inside the Wells Fargo Center.

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7:15 p.m.

Some of Hillary Clinton’s top campaign aides were on the side of the convention stage when word came that Clinton had become the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, vice chair Huma Abedin and media adviser Jim Margolis exchanged hugs after the news was announced.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was next up at the podium and praised his longtime friend.

McAuliffe was embraced by Mook on the side of the stage after his speech. Mook served as McAuliffe’s campaign manager in 2013.

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7:10 p.m.

Donald Trump isn’t ruling out the idea of hiring ex-Fox News executive Roger Ailes for his presidential campaign.

The billionaire businessman tells The Hollywood Reporter that Ailes has never mentioned that idea to him. But Trump says, “Roger’s been a friend of mine for a long time and he’s done an incredible job.”

Trump says he’d “think about” the idea of having Ailes onboard.

But Trump also says: “We have a great team. We have a great campaign going. But Roger is a very capable guy and he’s a friend of mine.”

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7:05 p.m.

Donald Trump says that he has “zero” investments in Russia — a statement coming in response to suggestions the Russian government may be working to sway the U.S. presidential election in his favor.

The GOP nominee says on Twitter: “In order to try and deflect the horror and stupidity of the Wikileaks disaster, the Dems said maybe it is Russia dealing with Trump.”

“Crazy!” he says.

The Democratic National Committee was recently hacked, with private emails posted on Wikileaks.

The cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike Inc. discovered traces of at least two sophisticated hacking groups on the Democrats’ network — both of which have ties to the Russian government.

Trump has taken a relatively friendly approach to Russia in his campaign.

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7 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is honoring his wife Hillary Clinton as she becomes the first woman in the United States to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

The former president writes on Twitter, “So proud of you, Hillary. #DemsInPhilly”

Bill Clinton is headlining Tuesday’s night’s convention with an address to delegates.

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6:56 p.m.

Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination after rival Bernie Sanders asked delegates at the party’s national convention to nominate her by acclamation.

It was a dramatic end to the roll call of states.

Sanders told the convention that he wanted the procedural rules to be suspended and that Clinton be selected as the party’s nominee.

And that’s what happened. And that’s how Clinton was declared the nominee.

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6:54 p.m.

A historic moment in Philadelphia — and for the United States.

Hillary Clinton is the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. That first has just come at the Democratic National Convention.

The former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady wants to be the first female president in U.S. history — and to do that, she’ll have to beat Republican Donald Trump in the general election in November.

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6:45 p.m.

Vermont has passed in the roll call of states as the Democratic National Convention considers the party’s next presidential nominee.

Bernie Sanders’ home state is expected to be the final one in the roll call.

Hillary Clinton has received a majority of the delegates needed to become the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

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6:37 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has won the convention votes needed to capture the Democratic presidential nomination — and make history as the first woman to become the White House nominee of a major U.S. political party.

The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state had faced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a tough primary fight for the nomination.

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6:25 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is on the cusp of becoming the first woman to win the American presidential nomination of a major party.

Clinton has surpassed 2,000 delegates during a roll call of states that has been conducted through Ohio.

When the roll reached New York, the governor — Andrew Cuomo — said his state was the “proud home of the next president of the United States.”

Clinton needs 2,382 delegates to claim the nomination.

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6:10 p.m.

Jerry Emmett was born before women gained the right to vote in America, so it’s fitting she announced that the Arizona delegation was casting 51 of its 85 votes for Hillary Clinton for president.

Clinton is in line to become the first woman to be nominated for president of a U.S. political major party. And she’d make more history by being elected the first female president of the United States.

Emmett is 102 years old and from Prescott, Arizona. She remembers seeing her mother go to vote for the first time after the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920.

Emmett is legally blind and doesn’t hear very well, but she says she walks about a mile a day and still bakes pies.

She says she was thrilled to be at the Democratic National Convention — where she carried a blue-and-white sign that read: “Centenarian for Hillary.”

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5:50 p.m.

A lifelong friend of Hillary Clinton’s is announcing Illinois’ vote for president.

“This one is for you, Hill,” Betsy Ebeling says at the Democratic National Convention.

Ebeling announced that Illinois had given 98 delegates to Clinton.

Ebeling says it’s in honor of “Dorothy and Hugh’s daughter and my sweet friend.”

Ebeling was a childhood friend of Clinton’s in suburban Chicago.

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5:40 p.m.

No surprise here: Bernie Sanders is getting his brother’s vote at the Democratic National Convention.

Larry Sanders says he’s casting that vote with what he calls “enormous pride.”

Larry Sanders addressed the convention during the roll call of states — and he was speaking as a member of the Americans Abroad delegation. Larry Sanders lives in Britain.

He appeared to be emotional — and said their late parents would have been proud of the Vermont senator’s accomplishments.

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4:50 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says the most ardent of Bernie Sanders’ supporters will eventually end up voting for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump.

Biden tells reporters at the Democratic National Convention that he doesn’t think the Democratic Party is fractured. He says Bernie Sanders’ supporters have changed the party in a positive way. He says they just need a little time to get over the fact that Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee.

And Biden tells ABC that those supporters aren’t going to pull the lever for Trump “for God’s sake.”

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