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REVEALED: The FBI opened a secret investigation into whether Trump worked for Russia

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The FBI in 2017 opened a secret probe into whether Donald Trump was working for Russia when he fired former director James Comey early in his presidency, the New York Times reported Friday evening.

Former law enforcement officials told the Times that agents and more senior FBI officials were suspicious of Trump’s ties to Russia during his 2016 campaign — but held off ” in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude.”

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An investigation was opened in the days following Comey’s firing and including a now-well-known criminal aspect, the report noted: whether Trump obstructed justice in doing so.

“Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security,” the report noted. “Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.”


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Trump brutally fact-checked by CNN host for lying and blame-shifting about shortages of US pandemic supplies

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The morning after Donald Trump held yet another coronavirus press conference where he said that the country is about to enter into a week with a sharp increase in COVID-19 deaths, CNN's Victor Blackwell brutally dissected the president's lies that the government is helpless because of a shortage of medical supplies because former President Barack Obama left the shelves bare.

Using clips of the president's ever-evolving excuses and contradictions, the CNN host took apart Trump's blame-spreading.

"This morning, a fact check," the CNN host began. "Hospitals across the country are desperate to find the gowns and the gloves and the face shields. And some states have received millions of pieces of that personal protective equipment and the N95 masks from the federal government, but now President Trump says that the strategic national stockpile is nearly depleted of those supplies."

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Trump faces backlash after US tries to take medical supplies intended for other countries: report

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to inflict misery all around the world, officials in the United States and other countries realize that they will need a plentiful supply of respirators and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N-95 masks and latex surgical gloves. And the U.S., according to The Guardian, is competing with other countries when it comes to obtaining those items.An article published in The Guardian on Friday and written by four different reporters (Orée-de-Puisaye, Oliver Holmes, Bethan McKernan and Lorenzo Tondo) describes the type of competition taking place. At an airport in Shanghai, China, for example, some masks were about to be shipped to France — a country that has been hit hard by the pandemic (John Hopkins University in Baltimore reported more than 5300 coronavirus-related deaths in France, as of early Friday afternoon). But according to The Guardian, U.S. buyers showed up and offered three times what France had offered to pay for the masks.French politician Jean Rottner, president of the Regional Council of Grand Est, told The Guardian, "On the tarmac, they arrive, get the cash out.… So, we really have to fight." And Rénaud Muselier, another French official, told France's BMFTV, "The icing on the cake: there is a foreign country that paid three times the price of the cargo on the tarmac."
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Confusion surrounds Georgia’s coronavirus lockdown

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ATLANTA — You can still play golf.You can still go to the beach. Or shop for groceries, get takeout from a restaurant, pick up medicine, see a doctor, exercise outdoors, and go to church.You can even, in many instances, go to work.So many loopholes reside in Gov. Brian Kemp’s statewide shelter-at-home order that many Georgians spent Friday in a state of confusion and disarray, trying to determine what is — and isn’t — allowed as the state combats the coronavirus pandemic. Some questioned whether the exceptions undermine the lockdown’s effectiveness.“A set of uniform statewide policies earlier ... (more…)

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