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Robert Reich: Sally Yates testimony points to ‘Trump ordering Flynn’ to call Russian ambassador

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Writing on Facebook, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich laid out both the timeline of allegations regarding Russia’s election hacking and those related to disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Reich starts his timeline on December 29, 2016, when President Barack Obama announced “retaliation for Russian hacking of the U.S. elections”. He then switched to uncovered phone records from Flynn, that show calling “Russian Ambassador Kislyak several times”.

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Reich went on to suggest that Flynn lied publicly (and to Vice President Mike Pence) about the call, but that U.S. intelligence knew of its’ existence, and reported it to Yates. As a result, Yates would have, according to Reich, warned the White House about Flynn’s lies to the VP. She was subsequently fired, and Flynn resigned two weeks later.

According to Reich, Yates’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism fills in gaps in both the timeline of her firing and Flynn’s alleged inappropriate contact with Russian officials.

“The likeliest explanation for this sequence of events is Trump ordered Flynn to call Kislyak on December 29 in order to assure the Russians that Trump was behind them and grateful for their hacking, despite Obama’s retaliation,” Reich concluded.

Read Reich’s entire post below, via Facebook.

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WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons

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Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.

The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.

Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.

- Legal Aid Society’s Contact Number: 212-577-3300- Link to Brooklyn Bail Fund: https://t.co/cxRXqgrrum #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/IgISXvkOj1

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Trump is enacting the presidency ‘George Wallace never had’: Conservative columnist

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On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot tore into President Donald Trump's legacy on race.

"We know how a normal president responds when a white police officer ignites furious protests by killing a black man. It is the way President Barack Obama responded in 2014 after a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer who had fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the National Guard had to be called in to deal with looting and fires," wrote Boot. "Obama expressed sympathy for the protesters — their anger, he noted, was 'rooted in realities that have existed in this country for a long time' — while making clear that he had no sympathy with violence: 'Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts.'"

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White House goes into lockdown as George Floyd protests in DC rage hotter

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On Friday, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang reported that the White House has now issued lockdown orders.

The development comes as protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota have spread to Washington, D.C. and crowds are growing angrier. Earlier in the evening, a protester scaled the wall of a federal building and spray-painted an obscene anti-Trump message above a window.

The White House is currently under lockdown orders. https://t.co/LasnCIjkum

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