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CNN’s Chris Cuomo nails Trump’s wiretap claims: This is like the fire chief pulling the fire alarm

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A group of CNN panelists tried to wrap their heads around the claims made by President Donald Trump over the weekend in a series of tweets.

Co-hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota tried to steer the conversation toward facts that could be proven, rather than speculate about the president’s motives for accusing his predecessor, Barack Obama, of illegally wiretapping his presidential campaign.

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“This was a couple of coins into the conspiracy meter,” Cuomo said. “Joe Scarborough, (host of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’) who is an on-and-off friend with him, called the president of the United States crazy, essentially, so I think that speculation gets us nowhere, getting into his motives and all that.”

CNN political analyst David Gregory said no proof had been turned up in reporting over the weekend, and he said the White House had asked Congress to find proof to back the president’s wild claims.

“This is like somebody in high school walking down and pulling the fire alarm and getting everybody scurrying, and that’s the major story is that fire alarm set in in school,” Gregory said.

Cuomo amended Gregory’s analogy to better describe the dynamic of the sitting president baselessly accusing his predecessor of a serious crime.

“In this case, in your analogy, it would be the fire chief pulled the lever, because all he has to do is call the FBI (and ask),” Cuomo said.

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Jackie Kucinich, a CNN contributor and Washington bureau chief of The Daily Beast, said the president could easily find out whether federal investigators had tapped his phones — lawfully or not.

“He has access to so much information from so many different areas, and yet he chooses to trifle in conspiracy theories,” Kucinish said.

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Doctor fighting fraud charge cites Donald Trump in his defense of doling out COVID-19 drug

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As President Donald Trump promoted the drug hydroxychloroquine, one California doctor took his recommendations to the bank.

According to the San Diego Tribune, Dr. Jennings Staley is being charged in what appears to be the first case involving the drug. The FBI is charing Staley with mail fraud as part of an effort hailing hydroxychloroquine as a "miracle cure" and the "magic bullet" to an undercover agent posing as a patient, court documents say.

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The few police willing to join in solidarity with protesters

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Reports of the protests across the country are focusing on the violence, clashes and property damage caused by a small few rather than the peaceful protest of those rallying against injustice and the police standing in solidarity with them.

A few captured positive moments of cities where officers support the protests and believe Black lives do actually matter.

There were moments of protesters fist-bumping police, hugs with police, and in one incident in New York City over the weekend, one officer was separated from his unit. Protesters surrounded him with locked arms to protect him from those being violent. In Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington, police joined protesters in kneeling.

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Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist

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In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.

As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."

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