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Pro-Trump GOP staffers wrote the ‘secret memo’ Republicans are trying to release: report

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House Republicans (and Russian bots) spent this week trumpeting a secret memo they say could bring an end to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The document allegedly proves conduct by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations that rivals Watergate or, as one GOP congressman said Friday, “the KGB.”

But, as the Huffington Post reports, the document itself was written by Republican staffers.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a Trump-backing Republican who has actively tried to discredit Mueller’s investigation, told the Huffington Post the memo “kind of aggregates” intelligence data proving widespread abuses by the DOJ and FBI.

“I believe that the contents of that memo need to be made available to the public immediately, and that that is a critical concern in kind of all of the Mueller, Russia, Trump discourse,” Gaetz said.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who served on Donald Trump’s transition team, has been leading the charge to release the memo to the public. As chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Nunes has launched his own tangential Russia investigation, notably charging Barack Obama’s administration with improperly “unmasking” members of the Trump transition team.

Nunes was accused of making that information public in order to give credence to Trump’s unproven claim that Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower during the campaign.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House intel committee, accused his colleagues of once again trying to “carry water” for White House.

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“Rife with factual inaccuracies and referencing highly classified materials that most of Republican Intelligence Committee members were forced to acknowledge they had never read, this is meant only to give Republican House members a distorted view of the FBI,” Schiff said. “This may help carry White House water, but it is a deep disservice to our law enforcement professionals.”


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WATCH: Franklin Graham tells Jeanine Pirro coronavirus pandemic is because of people sinning

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Franklin Graham blamed sinners for the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.

Host Jeanine Pirro noted the growing death toll and wondered how God could let that happen.

"Well, I don't think it's God's plan for this to happen," Graham said.

"It's because of the sin that's in the world, judge," he argued.

"Man has turned his back on God, we have sinned against him, and we need to ask for God's forgiveness and that's what Easter's all about," he continued.

"This pandemic, this is the result of a fallen world that has turned its back on God," he added.

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Drought causing water shortage amid coronavirus crisis in Chile

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With historically low river flows and reservoirs running dry due to drought, people in central Chile have found themselves particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic.

Years of resource exploitation and lax legislation have allowed most reservoirs in that part of the country to run dry.

"There are now 400,000 families, nearly 1.5 million people approximately, whose supply of 50 liters of water a day depends on tankers," Rodrigo Mundaca, spokesman for the Movement for the Defense of Water, the Earth and the Protection of the Environment, told AFP.

One of the main pieces of advice to protect people against coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly.

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Trump warns of ‘tough week’ ahead — after the United States surpassed 300,000 coronavirus victims

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US President Donald Trump warned Americans on Saturday to brace for a "very horrendous" number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days as the total number of global fatalities from the pandemic soared past 60,000.

As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.

Europe continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, however, accounting for over 45,000 of the worldwide deaths, and Britain reported a new daily high in fatalities.

There are now more than 1.17 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world and there have been 63,437 deaths since the virus emerged in China late last year.

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