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Grand jury to probe Florida cop who gunned down Corey Jones

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A Florida prosecutor chose not to file criminal charges against a police officer who shot dead black musician Corey Jones and said on Wednesday he would turn the case over to a grand jury.

State Attorney Dave Aronberg of Palm Beach County told a news conference that prosecutors would hand over evidence from their investigation of fired police officer Nouman Raja to the grand jury to decide whether to press charges.

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The Palm Beach Gardens Police fired Raja from the force nearly a month after the Oct. 18 shooting of Jones, 31, an amateur drummer who worked as a building inspector and assistant property inspector for the Delray Beach Housing Authority.

The death of Jones was one in a series of fatal incidents across the country involving police and black men, raising questions about the excessive use of force by officers.

It sparked further outrage after police revealed the officer was in plainclothes and never showed a badge before shooting.

Jones was waiting for a tow truck beside a highway off-ramp in the early hours of the morning when Raja pulled up in an unmarked van. A confrontation ensued and Raja fired six shots hitting Jones three times, authorities said.

Jones never fired the .380 caliber handgun recovered at the scene, investigators said. He had a concealed permit for the gun, which he had purchased legally three days earlier.

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(Reporting by Zachary Fagenson; Editing by Daniel Trotta and Alan Crosby)


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‘Smoking gun so hot it’s still on fire’: Ex-US Attorney astonished by text shown in Vindman testimony

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A former U.S. Attorney says Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has delivered "smoking gun" evidence of a quid pro quo arrangement between President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

The National Security Council staffer told a House impeachment inquiry that he was aware of -- and alarmed by -- efforts as early as March to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, which he believed were conducted to deliver a political benefit the president.

The counsel for House Democrats then showed a text sent 30 minutes before Trump's July 25 call to Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky, which shows the special envoy Kurt Volker dangling a White House visit to a Zelensky aide in exchange for an investigation.

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‘Perfectly impeachable’: George Conway says Vindman and Williams testimony is ‘absolutely devastating’ for Trump

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On Tuesday, as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams testified publicly about their knowledge of the Ukraine scandal, conservative lawyer George Conway called the testimony "devastating" for President Donald Trump — and proclaimed his conduct both impeachable and criminal.

This testimony, from two witnesses to the July 25 call, is absolutely devastating. That call was absolutely “perfect,” all right—perfectly impeachable.

And criminal.

— George Conway (@gtconway3d) November 19, 2019

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‘Improper’, ‘Unusual’: Aides describe Trump’s Ukraine call at impeachment hearing

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One top national security aide who listened to President Donald Trump’s July call with Ukraine’s president called it “improper.” Another said it was “unusual.” The two testified Tuesday at House impeachment hearings as the inquiry reached deeper into the White House.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer at the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, his counterpart at Vice President Mike Pence’s office, said they had concerns as Trump spoke on July 25 with the newly elected Ukraine president about political investigations into Democrat Joe Biden.

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