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Investigators have ‘never seen anything like’ the number of omissions on Jared Kushner’s background check

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Jared Kushner has made so many mistakes and omissions on his background check forms that Charles Phalen, the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, has never seen it before.

A Thursday CNN report cited Phalen saying he has “never seen that level of mistakes,” particularly at this level in a president’s senior staff. The comment was in response to a question during a House subcommittee oversight hearing where he was called to testify.

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Kushner’s initial SF-86 form neglected to mention any of his foreign contacts. Only after the first submission did he promise that more was coming. He ultimately updated it months later with about 100 contacts. However, the June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was omitted. When it became public, Kushner was forced to amend his form once again. Kushner said he didn’t remember the meeting that promised “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

Kushner’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, told CNN, “as we have previously stated, Mr. Kushner’s SF-86 was prematurely submitted and, among other errors, did not list any contacts with foreign government officials. The next day, Mr. Kushner submitted supplemental information stating that he had had ‘numerous contacts with foreign officials’ about which he would be happy to provide additional information. He submitted that supplemental information to the FBI and is cooperating fully with its background investigation.”


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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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