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NBC reporter: Jared Kushner amplifies Russian propaganda by claiming election attack was ‘a few Facebook ads’

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NBC national security reporter Ken Dilanian on Tuesday accused Jared Kushner of “amplifying Russian propaganda” after the president’s son-in-law dismissed Russian election attacks as “a few Facebook ads.”

While appearing at a Time 100 Summit, Kushner was asked about special counsel Robert Mueller’s recently-released report on the investigation into Russian election interference.

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“In the campaign we didn’t know that Russia was doing what it was doing,” Kushner told the moderator. “The notion of what they were doing didn’t even register to us as impactful.”

“You look at what Russia did, buying some Facebook ads..I think the investigations and all of the speculation that’s happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than some Facebook ads,” he added.

Dilanian quickly suggested on Twitter that Kushner was aiding and abetting the Russian government.

“By falsely saying Russia’s covert campaign to interfere in our election added up to ‘a few Facebook ads,’ White House senior official Jared Kushner was amplifying Russian propaganda and arguably undermining efforts to protect future US elections from foreign interference,” Dilanian wrote.

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Watch Kushner’s appearance below.


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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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