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James Clapper reveals he’s ‘offended’ but not surprised by Trump’s ‘distorted’ attacks on the intelligence committee

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Former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, responded to President Trump’s “distorted” reviews of his new book “Facts and Fear,” in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“If you look at Clapper, he sort of admitted they had spies in the campaign yesterday. Inadvertently. But I hope it is not true. But it looks like it is,” President Trump said.

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Clapper said the intelligence committee did not spy on the president during his campaign.

“We did not. And that is — that is a distortion of what I said. I had an aversion to the use of the term and thought I made that clear,” Clapper said in the interview.

Trump supporters have also spoken out in criticism against Clapper.

“Allies of the president, including former campaign staffer Michael Caputo and former house speaker Newt Gingrich have been brutal attacking you,” Tapper said.

Gingrich said he was  ‘astounded’ that Clapper appears to be “dishonest” and “incompetent.”

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“I take umbrage with that. I didn’t commit a crime. I was trying to explain my understanding of what this informant was doing. And I wasn’t spying on the campaign. I take exception to it. And I don’t particularly want to dignify it by talking about it too much,” Clapper said.

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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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