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FBI agents say investigations on hold due to shutdown: ‘There are no funds to pay for grand jury subpoenas’

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Agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed this week that some investigations have been put on hold due to President Donald Trump’s government shutdown.

In a “Voices from the Field” report released on Tuesday, the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) documented the “real consequences of the government shutdown.”

“On the child exploitation side, as an [undercover employee], I’ve had to put pervs on standby,” one agent from the Southern Region told FBIAA. “This just puts children in jeopardy.”

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One agent in the Central Region said that investigation into MS-13 gang members had been hampered because there are no Spanish speakers in the division.

An agent working counter-intelligence cases in the Western region said that the “shutdown has eliminated any ability to operate.”

“It’s bad enough to work without pay, but we can only conduct administrative functions,” the agent explained. “The fear is our enemies know they can run freely.”

“The operational impacts of the shutdown are immeasurable,” an agent in the Northeast Region insisted. “We have postponed the indictment of subjects due to the shutdown.”

According to a counter-terrorism agent, some grand jury subpoenas have been put on hold.

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“I am already starting to see a negative impact of the shutdown on the pace of our operations and investigations,” the agent said. “Particularly, the United States Attorney’s Office is unable to issue grand jury subpoenas for financial institutions… Most of our counter-terrorism cases have a strong financial angle.”

Other agents echoed concerns about grand jury subpoenas.

“I have been advised by our United States Attorney’s Office that because of the shutdown that are no funds allocated to pay for grand jury subpoenas,” the agent pointed out. “This is causing the affected investigation to be put on hold until the shutdown ends.”

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WATCH LIVE: Trump holds mask-option Mount Rushmore rally and fireworks celebration

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President Donald Trump left the White House during the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday to attend an Independence Day event in South Dakota.

Trump was told not to attend but did so anyway.

“Trump coming here is a safety concern not just for my people inside and outside the reservation, but for people in the Great Plains. We have such limited resources in Black Hills, and we’re already seeing infections rising,” the Oglala Sioux president, Julian Bear Runner, told the Guardian. “It’s going to cause an uproar if he comes here. People are going to want to exercise their first amendment rights to protest and we do not want to see anyone get hurt or the lands be destroyed."

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Trump Jr’s girlfriend tests positive for COVID-19 in South Dakota ahead of the president’s event: report

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Yet another senior Donald Trump advisor has tested positive for COVID-19.

"Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Trump’s eldest son and a top fund-raising official for the Trump re-election campaign, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday before a Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore, a person familiar with her condition said," The New York Times reported shortly before Trump's speech began.

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Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report

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Oglala Sioux protesters were arrested protesting against President Donald Trump's Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore on Friday.

The protesters argued that it is their land after the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, which was ratified by the U.S. Senate.

The Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, was among the lands the tribes received to bring about an end to Red Cloud's War, which is also known as the Bozeman Trail War.

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