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GOP’s own memo admits George Papadopoulos ‘triggered the opening of an FBI investigation’ — not the Steele dossier

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The long-awaited memo, written by staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), portends to show abuses by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). What it fails to show, and in fact directly contradicts, is the notion that the FBI based the Russia investigation off a dossier compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele.

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In the memo itself, House Republicans acknowledge information related to onetime Donald Trump campaign advisor George Papadapolous “triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016.” This admission comes after extensive efforts to link the Steele dossier to FISA applications that targeted former Trump adviser Carter Page.

The Nunes memo argues the Steele dossier “formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application,” and pointed to the FBI’s failure to cite the origin of the Steele dossier (which included funding by a Republican during the 2016 primaries) as one of the key points. It also accuses the FBI of using media reports sourced by Steele in order to obtain FISA renewals on Page.

The memo further links the Page FISA warrant to the dossier by noting that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe “testified before the committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”

In the very next point, the memo acknowledges that it was information on Papadapolous—not Page—that prompted the FBI’s investigation.

“The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign adviser George Papadapolous, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadapoulous,” the memo reads. “The Papadapolous information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late July 2016 by FBI agent Peter Strzok.” The memo goes on to repeat GOP talking points accusing Strzok of “clear bias” against Trump.

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Denver cops busted for doing drive-by shootings of anti-police brutality protesters

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In a video posted to Twitter, a young Denver man protesting the killing of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minnesota police officers, found himself on the receiving end of an attack by police himself as he filmed them riding on the side of a truck -- only to have his phone hit by a fired police projectile while still in his hand.

According to Rachelle D'nae, a staff writer at Slate, her brother went to the Denver protest and was filming the officers when the incident occurred.

"My older brother went to a protest in Denver last night. as the police were leaving, one of them shot him with a pepper pellet that smashed the back of his phone and exploded in his face. they were ~30 feet from each other and it looks like the officer aimed directly at his face," she wrote before adding in a second tweet, "when my brother told me he was going I prepared for the worst. I made sure he had my number memorized so I could bail him out if I needed to and I sat up until he made it home, trying not to cry as he told me he had been tear-gassed."

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US military brought in to monitor police brutality protests in 7 states: leaked documents

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According to an exclusive report from The Nation, based upon Defense Department documents, U.S. military members are being dispatched to seven different states to monitor the activities of Americans who have taken to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops.

The report, by the Nation's Ken Klippenstein, notes that states include, "Minnesota, where a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, the military is tracking uprisings in New York, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, and Kentucky, according to a Defense Department situation report," with the author pointing out, "Notably, only Minnesota has requested National Guard support."

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‘Absolute vacuum in leadership’: Internet shreds ‘coward’ Trump for hiding as 75 cities protest

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President Donald Trump is under fire Sunday after the White House announced he will not be seen today despite five days and nights of protests in more than 75 cities across the country and governors in at least ten states activating the National Guard.

Possibly more than at any time during his three-and-a-half year old administration Trump is taking tremendous criticism for how he has managed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and for his handling of the protests against the killing by police of George Floyd.

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