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Devin Nunes trying to destroy research firm as punishment for Trump-Russia dossier: attorney

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Attorneys for the political consulting firm behind the infamous Trump-Russia dossier accused a Republican lawmaker of abusing his power to punish the president’s political enemies.

Legal counsel for Fusion GPS argued late Monday that a subpoena issued by the House Intelligence Committee seeking two years of the opposition research firm’s bank records was overly broad and would destroy the company, reported Business Insider.

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They also issued a statement Tuesday morning, ahead of a news conference by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), accusing the committee chair of acting unethically.

“This overly broad subpoena for Fusion’s bank records serves no investigative purpose and is designed to punish President Trump’s political foes while chilling future investigative research into his actions,” attorney William W. Taylor III said. “It is an abuse of authority by a chairman already under an ethics investigation who supposedly recused himself from work related to Russia’s involvement in the last election.”

Attorneys argued that complying with the subpoena would pose and “existential threat” to Fusion because it would publicly reveal the firms relationship with about 25 clients and approximately 30 contractors.

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“In short, compliance with this subpoena will not only harm Plaintiff’s business, it has a high likelihood of ruining it,” the firm’s lawyers said.

They argued that committee staffers had “systematically disclosed confidential and prejudicial information” about Fusion.

Nunes stepped aside from the congressional probe in April after briefing Trump and reporters on classified intelligence without telling his colleagues on the panel.

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He has conducted his own investigation of the “unmaskings” of Trump associates caught by the Obama administration, and Tuesday announced a new congressional probe of Hillary Clinton’s alleged ties to Russia.


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Trump ‘knows he’s losing’ – but can’t entirely fire Brad Parscale because ‘he knows too much’: report

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President Trump demoted his campaign manager Brad Parscale as new polling shows him losing in five swing states. According to an analysis from Axios, it's a significant development because it signifies that Trump knows that he's losing.

Parscale played a large role in Trump's 2016 win as the architect of his digital strategy. According to Axios' report, there's a reason that Parscale will remain on Team Trump despite his demotion.

"Trump really can't fire Brad: He knows too much, and he built the digital infrastructure the campaign relies on," Axios states.

As Axios points out, Bill Stepien, a Trump loyalist and longtime GOP operative, will be taking Parscale's place. "Stepien worked on Trump's 2016 campaign, then was White House political director before moving to the campaign."

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Anti-maskers bombard Marco Rubio with rage after he debunks their conspiracy theories

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday did his best to debunk false claims about face masks being made by conspiracy theorists -- but he wound up getting bombarded by angry anti-maskers anyway.

In a tweet posted in the morning, Rubio declared that "mask wearing isn’t some novel idea they came up with to control us," referring to a popular refrain among conspiracy theorists that masks are the New World Order's way of asserting dominance over a pliant population.

He went on to say that "surgeons, nurses and dentists have used them forever to protect patients and themselves," and then asked his followers rhetorically, "If it doesn’t work, what’s the harm?" and "And if it has a 10% chance of getting us back to school,sports and life why not do it?"

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Video shows Portland police violently tackling bicycle rider in protest zone

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Police in Portland, Oregon were seen this week tackling a protester who was riding a bicycle.

Video of the incident was shared on Twitter on Thursday.

The video, which was posted by KATU's Dan McCarthy, shows three officers running toward the cyclist as he rides near Lownsdale Square. One officer uses his body as a projectile, knocking the man off the bicycle.

According to McCarthy, the protester was arrested. Details of the arrest were not immediately available.

The incident comes as police cleared protesters in Lownsdale Square Park and Chapman Square. At least five arrests were made during the action, McCarthy said.

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