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‘Spygate is a lie!’ CNN panel erupts as Trump backer tries to justify president’s conspiracy theories

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CNN contributor Scott Jennings tried to defend the investigation over President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that federal authorities planted a “spy” in his presidential campaign. But he received a verbal lashing from one of his fellow panelists.

White House lawyer Emmet Flood made an unexpected appearance at a classified briefing by the FBI and intelligence officials Thursday. But Jennings insisted there was nothing illegal about him showing up.

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“It is made to seem like Emmet Flood showed up today and did something untoward,” he insisted. “… he showed up and said hello. He said hello.”

But MoveOn spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said whether Flood technically broke the law or not was besides the point.

She described Trump as a lying conspiracy theorist, who was using this issue to distract from Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

“He is muddying the waters because he doesn’t want the investigation,” Jean-Pierre explained.

“Spygate is a lie,” Jean-Pierre said as a fellow panelist tried to argue over her. “Just like Obama wiretapping Trump Tower.”

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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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