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California Dem unleashes on GOP during Strzok hearing: ‘The FBI hasn’t magically been transformed into a left wing organization’

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Zoe Lofgren and Peter Strzok

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) nailed her fellow committee members during the hearing with FBI agent Peter Strzok about the nonsensical portrayal of the bureau to the American public.

“I just want to talk at a more macro level about what’s going on here,” she began. “You know, one of the things I try to do is to imagine how I would feel if various things had been done or said about a member of my own party who was president. And how I would react, because I think it’s important to try and understand that.”

She explained that Strzok acknowledged his text messages out of context could make any Trump supporter uneasy about his intentions and raised suspicions.

“The fact that you also had highly critical texts of the Attorney General Eric Holder, of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), I mean, isn’t really relevant,” she continued. “They were not, to the best of my knowledge, subject to an investigation. So, you know, it was important that the inspector general go in and take a look to find out for us, for this committee, and for the American people what really happened, and he did.”

She noted the IG interviewed many people and chastised Strzok, but found that there wasn’t any bias involved that would influence his job.

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“Now, you know, to listen to some of my friends, you would think that the FBI, which I had always felt was made up of conservative law enforcement people, had magically been transformed into a left-wing organization,” she said. “That’s not my understanding and, in fact, if you take a look at the people in charge, you’ve got Mr. [Christopher] Wray, who was appointed by Mr. Trump who was not a Democrat, Mr. Comey, who was appointed by Mr. Trump, he’s not a Democrat. I happen to know that Robert Mueller is not a Democrat. So, these are not political designates made by political operatives.”

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US sanctions Chinese oil trader for violating Iran restrictions: Pompeo

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The United States is placing a leading Chinese oil importer on its sanctions blacklist for trading in Iranian crude, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday.

"As part of that maximum pressure campaign, I am announcing that the United States is imposing sanctions on the Chinese entity Zhuhai Zhenrong and its chief executive Youmin Li," Pompeo said in a speech.

"They violated US law by accepting crude oil," he said.

The announcement was the latest step by Washington to ratchet up economic pressure on Tehran over its alleged military activities in the Middle East and its nuclear program by taking aim at business partners.

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Trump says he could win Afghanistan war ‘in a week’ by wiping country ‘off the face of the Earth’

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President Donald Trump said that he could win the war in Afghanistan in a week if the country was "wiped off the face of the Earth."

Trump made the remarks on Monday during a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minsister Imran Khan, according to a White House pool report.

“I could win that war in a week," Trump reportedly said. "I don’t want to kill 10 million people. Afghanistan could be wiped off the face of the Earth. I don’t want to go that route.”

Just in, Trump’s comments on Afgahanistan, via pooler @DavidNakamura: “I could win that war in a week. I don’t want to kill 10 million people. Afghanistan could be wiped off the face of the earth. I don’t want to go that route.”

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French inventor to hover across English Channel on ‘flyboard’

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A French inventor aims to soar across the English Channel this week on a jet-powered "flyboard", despite authorities warning the stunt is a danger to shipping.

Former jet-skiing champion Franky Zapata has pledged to go ahead on Thursday on his device, which can reach speeds up to 190 kilometres an hour (118 mph).

It will come 10 days days after the entrepreneur wowed crowds when he flew above the Champs-Elysees boulevard in Paris in front of President Emmanuel Macron for the annual July 14 military parade.

But authorities are divided over the daredevil venture, which will mark 110 years to the day since Frenchmen Louis Bleriot made the first aeroplane flight across the Channel.

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