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Secret Trump/Russia investigation defended by ex-FBI agent now serving as a GOP House member: ‘These are not opened on a whim’

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Appearing on CNN’s New Day, a former FBI agent now serving as a Republican member of the House defended the decision of the FBI to open an investigation into Donald Trump after he fired former Director James Comey.

Speaking with CNN host Victor Blackwell, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) had no problem with the report that FBI higher-ups became concerned with Trump’s motivations after he abruptly dismissed Comey, saying opening an investigation into the president was not taken lightly.

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“Two things you want to look for there,” Fitzpatrick explained. “I haven’t seen the New York Times story yet. But there are assessments and preliminary inquiries, which have limited scope and full field investigations. That’s the first thing. The second thing is, any time an investigation is opened on an elected official, member of the media, member of the clergy, they are put in a sort of a separate category called SINS, sensitive investigations that require the highest level of approval.”

“In this case, it would have been, in all likelihood, the deputy director at the time, Andy McCabe and requires coordination with the DOJ and the deputy attorney general, at which point it would have been Rod Rosenstein,” he continued. “So it sort of raises more questions.”

He later defended the decision to go forward with the investigation saying, “These are not opened on a whim.”

Fitzpatrick went on to express his support for special counsel Robert Mueller under whom he worked when they were both serving in the FBI.

“I think one of the reasons all members of Congress should be supporting the Mueller investigation — he was my former boss at the FBI — he’s going to do a very thorough job, no doubt,” he stated.

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Texas doctor blasts Trump’s COVID-19 ‘misinformation campaign’: ‘You can’t hide hospitalizations’

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A doctor in Texas has delivered a scathing rebuke of the Trump White House's attempts to ignore the surge in novel coronavirus infections throughout the United States.

Dr. Peter Hotez, the co-director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is simply lying when he says that America is "in a good place" with COVID-19.

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper exposes Trump’s lies on COVID deaths: He ‘doesn’t want you to know the whole story’

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On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper laid into President Donald Trump for his false narratives about the coronavirus pandemic.

"New modeling from the University of Washington today forecasts 208,000 people in this country may be dead of COVID-19 by Election Day," said Cooper. "Which the president still does not seem to think is all that bad. Because he is still repeating the same falsehoods as ever about testing and mortality, which fell for a while, but is once again sadly, sickeningly, ticking up."

"We have more cases because we're doing more testing," said Trump in the clip. "We have more cases. If we did half the testing, we'd have far fewer cases but people don't view it that way. What they have to view, though, is if you look at the chart, and maybe Mike has it, but we looked at it before, if you look at the chart of deaths, deaths are way down. What we want to do is get our schools open. We want to get them open quickly, beautifully in the fall."

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Trump’s record as one of the ‘dumbest students’ in college makes cheating story credible: Trump biographer

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On Tuesday, Trump biographer David Cay Johnston discussed the allegation from Mary Trump's book that the president paid for someone to take his SAT — an accusation he denies vehemently.

"He claims he was a top student, best of the best. What do you make of this, David?" asked host Erin Burnett.

"The story makes perfect sense," said Johnston. "First of all, back in the 1960s, it was easy to have someone go and take your test for you. There weren't IDs and the checks we have today because of the kind of cheating. The idea that a rich boy paid someone else to take the test, to people of my generation, is no surprise. Trump claims he was a great student, yet one of his former professor described him as the 'blank blank dumbest student he's ever had,' but thinks he knows everything. There were no honors for Trump at Fordham or Penn."

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