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Senate intel panel opens investigation into Loretta Lynch based on debunked Russian intelligence

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Republican senators have opened an investigation into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch based on the same Russian fake news that prompted former FBI director James Comey to act on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

The secret document, which the FBI now considers to be phony, appeared to be a piece of Russian intelligence claiming that Lynch had privately assured the Clinton campaign that the investigation into her handling of classified information would be limited.

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That false information prompted Comey to publicly declare in July that the investigation was over, but he criticized Clinton for “extremely careless” handling of classified info.

The Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter Friday to Lynch asking about her involvement in the FBI investigation, including whether she had assured Clinton associates that the probe wouldn’t “push too deeply into the matter.”

Comey told the committee earlier this month that Lynch, his superior in the Justice Department, had asked him to refer to the probe as a “matter,” rather than an investigation, while authorizing him to confirm its existence.

He also told lawmakers that he was concerned that Lynch could be impartial in overseeing the FBI investigation, although he declined to offer more details.

Comey decided to announce the investigation out of his concerns over Lynch’s impartiality, including her spontaneous June meeting with former President Bill Clinton aboard a grounded plane, and based on the Russian intelligence document he suspected was fake.

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He was concerned that Russia would release the dubious intelligence during the presidential campaign, and law enforcement would be unable to discredit the claims without revealing sources and methods.

The GOP-led Senate panel asked Lynch to confirm whether she or her staff had ever communicated with Amanda Reteria, a senior Clinton campaign staffer identified in the fake Russian document, during the presidential race, and to detail any of those communications.

According to the phony Russian intel, former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed in an email that Lynch had privately assured Renteria the investigation into Clinton would not go too far.

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Lawmakers asked Lynch about any communications she or her staff might have had with Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman.

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Trump personally asked what ‘tanks’ could be used to break up George Floyd protests

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast detailed how President Donald Trump himself has been behind the push to use the military to control the protests against the police killing of George Floyd — to the extent that he actually asked about specific military equipment that would be available for that purpose.

"[Defense Secretary Mark] Esper, along with other cabinet secretaries, stood next to the president during the remarks in the park after participating in an hour-long call with governors in which he said they needed to 'dominate the battlespace' to quell the protests," reported Erin Banco, Spencer Ackerman, and Asawin Suebsaeng. "But three senior Pentagon officials who spoke with The Daily Beast said they viewed the secretary’s comments on the call as a way to publicly show support for the president. They did not expect the department to actually implement a plan that would reflect the president’s rhetoric and force additional troops upon the states."

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FBI has ‘no intelligence’ Antifa was involved in Sunday’s violence at DC protests: report

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Attorney General Bill Barr and President Donald Trump have tried to blame Antifa -- or anti-fascists -- for violence in the protests against police injustice. But the public data has backed up their case, and even their on intel disputes the argument.

"he FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31, according to an internal FBI situation report obtained exclusively by The Nation. That same day, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would designate Antifa a terrorist organization, even though the government has no existing authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization," Ken Klippenstein reported for the magazine.

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NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."

Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?

Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt

— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020

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