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Trump’s Treasury Department is trying to block Senate from continuing financial portion of Russia investigation: report

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The U.S. Treasury Department is blocking inquiries from Senators attempting to follow the money in the Russia scandal.

According to a BuzzFeed report, there are crucial financial records that the Treasury is refusing to provide to the Senate for the investigation. They’re also refusing to send an expert to answer questions about the money trail. To make matters worse, some of the department’s own employees fear the Treasury is intentionally trying to hold up the Senate.

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A series of emails obtained by BuzzFeed chart the barriers thrown up every time the Senate Intelligence Committee attempted to obtain bank records that could detail the path of Russian funding.

This isn’t the first time Treasury has served as a block. Last year, the department refused to help the Senate’s investigation with an expert behind closed doors. There were a series of shell companies, off-shore accounts and difficult to trace cash transactions.

Some staff at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, indicated a fear of whether it was legal to share confidential information about a US citizen. The division indicated that the Senate told them not to hand over personal financial documents of some individuals.

According to sources, these directives all came from senior officials in the General Counsel’s Office of the Treasury Department.

The requested information follows tracked transactions of large amounts often called SARs. Anything that could be suspected of money laundering or any financial misconduct is handed over from banks to Treasury. That’s where the Senate investigators have focused their attention.

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The financial documents “play a part of a very important roadmap just like every other piece of evidence,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) told BuzzFeed. “They tell us whether you turn right or you turn left.”

The committee has renewed its requests in recent weeks and the FinCEN has been slow to respond.

Read the full report at BuzzFeed.

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60 million Americans live in states where the US military is monitoring protests: report

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The United States military is monitoring anti-police violence protests in multiple states according to a new report.

Defense Department documents obtained by The Nation show the Pentagon is monitoring protests in at least seven states.

"In addition to 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," reporter Ken Klippenstein revealed. "Notably, only Minnesota has requested National Guard support."

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Mayors rush to impose curfews as civil unrest rocks cities from coast-to-coast

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Minneapolis was the first to impose curfews designed to prevent protests of police violence after Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew on Friday.

On Saturday other cities followed suit, with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan imposing a curfew set to start only 14 minutes after her announcement.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a curfew for downtown LA.

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Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests

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President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.

Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.

BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.

Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.

Protesters flipped off the president’s helicopter.#dcprotest #MAGANIGHT #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/EMgCaOof1J

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