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Texas man busted for falsely accusing #BlackLivesMatter supporters of vandalizing his truck

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A Texas man who raised almost $6,000 in funds online to repair his truck was arrested on Friday after authorities determined that he vandalized the vehicle himself and tried to blame supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement for the damage, KDFW-TV reported.

Police charged 45-year-old Scott Lattin with making a false report after arresting him at his home in Whitney, Texas. While the suspect denied the accusation during a brief on-camera interview, his arrest warrant stated that he admitted to damaging the truck for “insurance reasons.”

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Lattin organized the fundraiser after claiming last week that vandals spray-painted “Black Lives Matter” across his truck as well as “F*ck the police” because he had decorated the vehicle with the phrase “Police Lives Matter” in support of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed at a gas station last month. Both authorities and conservatives have attempted to connect Goforth’s death with the movement, seemingly without any evidence.

Whitney Police Chief Chris Bentley told KDFW that when his department took Lattin’s initial statement, there was no damage to the inside of the truck. But footage aired on the station showed that the suspect then claimed that the vehicle’s seats were slashed and its glove compartment ripped open.

“We have so many groups that have participated and come to Whitney, Texas of all places to help these people,” Bentley said. “And for them to have been deceived? It’s just wrong.”

The chief said that he is working with local prosecutors to see how to return the money Lattin raised to the donors.

Watch KDFW’s report, as aired on Friday, below.

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Devin Nunes is livid at report he helped Trump’s White House: ‘Who the hell is leaking this?’

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The ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee is suing Washington, DC's hometown newspaper.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced that he was suing The Washington Post during a Friday appearance on Fox News.

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The House Intelligence Committee will be working through the weekend to protect the 2020 election from Russian meddling, one member of the committee revealed on MSNBC on Friday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was interviewed by MSNBC Chuck Todd about reports that Russia is backing President Donald Trump's reelection in the 2020 presidential race.

"Are we going to have public hearings on this sooner rather than later?" Todd asked.

"I'll let the chairman address that," Swalwell replied. "But our staff is working through the weekend to make sure that our elections are free from Russian interference."

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Ambassador McFaul calls for declassification of intel showing Russia’s support for Donald Trump’s reelection

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