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Rep. Darrell Issa: Mueller probe needs to end because it’s distracting Trump — ‘the one person keeping us safe’

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Rep. Darrell Issa on Friday told Fox News that the Mueller probe into President Donald Trump needs to end soon because it may be distracting Trump from his important job of keeping America safe.

Talking with host Harris Faulkner, Issa downplayed the need for Mueller to head any kind of investigation, and noted that Congress was conducting its own investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.

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He then suggested that Mueller’s probe is too much of a burden on Trump, while noting that such a burden should instead fall on members of Congress.

“Congress needs to get to the bottom of it, I’m not objecting to that,” he said. “But the difference of 535 members of the House and Senate’s time, versus the one person who must keep us safe by being the chief executive, the chief of security and the chief of the military.”

Issa then praised the president for being able to keep the country safe despite being under investigation for potentially colluding with Russian government officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I’ll tell you, I’m glad that the president has been able to bifurcate this problem and all the important things he’s doing,” he said.

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Coronavirus data disappears from CDC dashboard after Trump hijacks info

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The Trump administration on Tuesday forced all hospitals and states to make a significant and immediate change in how they report coronavirus patient data, hijacking the information to be funneled into the Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Experts warned the move could allow the administration to politicize the data, hide it, be less transparent, all of which interferes in the real-time usage of information to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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Driver hits 63-year-old man with his car after he asked him to wear a mask in a store: police

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A Rhode Island driver is being accused of hitting a 63-year-old man with his car after the man had confronted him about not wearing a face mask into a local convenience store.

Local news station WJAR 10 reports that 63-year-old William Beauchene got into an argument this week with a 30-year-old man named Ralph Buontempo, who had gone into the convenience store in the town of Lincoln, Rhode Island without wearing a mask.

Witnesses told police that the two men began yelling obscenities at one another, and that at one point Buontempo slapped a cup of coffee out of Beauchene's hand, which then splashed all over the store manager who had come outside to try to deescalate the confrontation.

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Trump has rolled out a ‘new scam’ amid internal turmoil over Fauci: op-ed

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, Greg Sargent takes a look at the Trump's administration's recent walkback of its attempts to undermine its top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, after they discovered that it wasn't being received by the public so well.

According to Sargent, President Trump's "new scam" is to present the image that his administration actually respects Fauci's advice while continuing to undermine him behind the scenes.

"What’s really going on here is a kind of two-step, a double game," Sargent writes. "Trump and his advisers want him to reap the political benefits of appearing to harbor general respect for Fauci’s expertise, while simultaneously continuing to undermine Fauci’s actual claims about the threat the novel coronavirus will continue to pose — because those claims badly undermine Trump’s reelection message."

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