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FBI Director James Comey asks Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s ‘wiretap’ claims

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey has requested that the Department of Justice publicly refute Pres. Donald Trump’s call for an investigation into claims that former Pres. Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Towers.

The New York Times said Sunday that since Trump made the unsubstantiated allegations on Saturday, Comey has been trying to get the Justice Department to confirm for the public that the FBI did not break the law and spy on the president’s business headquarters in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.

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“Mr. Comey’s request is a remarkable rebuke of a sitting president,” wrote Michael S. Schmidt and Michael D. Shear, “putting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the position of questioning Mr. Trump’s truthfulness. The confrontation underscores the high stakes of what the president and his aides have unleashed by accusing the former president of a conspiracy to undermine Mr. Trump’s young administration.”

In spite of offering no evidence to support the claims, the White House is pressing ahead with the allegation — which some critics suggest is a fake news story that Trump saw on right-wing website Breitbart.com and conspiracy theory hub InfoWars and believed unquestioningly.

Now the president has tasked Congress and its top attorneys with coming up with evidence to support the claims after the fact, in spite of the issues posed by confirming that a federal judge has found reason to surveil Trump, such as probable cause of a crime or that Trump might be a foreign agent.

Former aide to Pres. George W. Bush David Frum said on Twitter that Comey’s rebuke is unprecedented, writing, “If report is accurate, the director of the FBI is rebuking the president of the United States as a fantasist & liar.”

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One of the issues Comey faces is finding a Justice Department official of sufficient rank to make a statement against the president’s order. Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions recused himself from any cases involving the Trump campaign and possible collusion with the Russian government.


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Trump’s health officials privately grumbling about his obsession with unproven anti-malaria drug for COVID-19: report

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On Monday, Politico reported that some health officials in the Trump administration are privately "unsettled" by the president's ongoing fascination with hydroxychloroquine, the drug primarily used to treat malaria, lupus, and arthritis that is now being suggested as a treatment for the novel coronavirus.

The president has repeatedly touted hydroxychloroquine as a possible miracle cure, and has even suggested he might start taking it himself, even though his tests for COVID-19 have been reported as negative and even though there's a lack of data that it is safe or effective for that purpose.

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Wisconsin GOP slammed for making people choose between their health and their vote

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After Republicans nationally and in Wisconsin successfully sued in both state and federal court to block voters from being given extra time and options to cast votes in the middle of a pandemic, commenters on social media reacted with fury.

What just happened re: Wisconsin can seem a bit confusing. The TL;DR: The Supreme Court decided that Republicans winning elections is more important than keeping voters healthy & alive.

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Watch how the BBC reports on ‘the reality’ in the United States during COVID-19 crisis

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The British Broadcasting Corporation is reporting on the "frantic and on-the-edge" situation in an intensive care unit in New York City.

The BBC had footage from CBS News, which was allowed in the ICU.

"Though the administration says there's no shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the reality is otherwise," the BBC noted.

A front-line worker wearing a garbage bag "wished" she had the same PPE as the reporter.

"It's very, very difficult, it's like something out of 'The Twilight Zone,'" she said.

"And I don't think any of us going through it will ever be the same," she added.

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