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FBI will likely take over El Paso mass shooting and investigate as a federal hate crime: CNN panel

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CNN reported the name of the suspect arrested for the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday — and CNN analysts explained why the FBI could be taking over the investigation.

“We have major breaking news right now, three sources — while the sergeant was speaking — have now confirmed to CNN that they’ve identified the suspect in custody, his name Patrick Crusius, 21 years old, of Allen, Texas,” Wolf Blitzer reported.

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“These sources, federal sources, telling CNN that they are reviewing online writing posted only days before the shootings that may speak, repeat, may speak to a motive. The sources say the online postings were written by Crusius but they’ve not confirmed that yet,” Blitzer added.

“The other thing that I think is very interesting is that Allen, Texas, where this suspect is from according to the map is about ten hours or so away from this scene. It’s about 650 miles. So he would have had to have driven to this area,” Shimon Prokupecz reported.

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“As for the suspect, of course, we’ll all wait, but it would suggest why the FBI seems to be involved that if this is a hate crime or an ideologically motivated crime, a white male with a manifesto or something that we are now reporting on that the FBI would have jurisdiction because it could be a federal hate crime,” CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem explained.

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“If this was some sort of hate crime, there’s the probability, a high probability that the FBI would come in and try — as we’ve seen in other cases — they would file federal hate crime charges but there is a lot of work that still needs to be done before we get there,” Prokupecz said.

“I do think that with this manifesto and looking at the age and the race of the individual there it’s very possible, and I think Shimon also hit it when he mentioned that manifesto will lead to a motive more than likely and that motive is leaning heavily toward a hate crime. If that’s the case, the FBI will jump in, but the El Paso police will still be involved,” CNN contributor and former police chief Charles Ramsey said.

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Nate Silver claps back at right-wing pollster for accusing him of fraud

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One of the worst-performing national pollsters in the 2018 election cycle was Rasmussen Reports, a right-leaning outfit that is consistently the only one to show President Donald Trump with a net positive approval rating. In 2018, Rasmussen showed Republicans leading the generic congressional ballot by 1 point — but Democrats won the popular vote by 8.4 points.

Nonetheless, Rasmussen is proud of its methodology and particularly irritated when polling analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver points out their inaccuracy. Over the past two weeks, they have twice accused him of "fraud" and characterized his analyses as "corrupt."

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Trump told Republicans he didn’t care ‘about terrorists 7,000 miles away’

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President Donald Trump reportedly doesn't care about terrorists, according to sources inside the room after Democrats abandoned the Wednesday meeting with the president.

Washington Post Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis said that the president said "several times" in the meeting that he isn't concerned about terrorists that live 7,000 miles away.

The source said that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had to remind the president that the Sept. 11 terrorists "came from 7,000 away" themselves.

https://twitter.com/mikedebonis/status/1184592170545745920

The president has neglected to understand terrorists can attack the U.S. on North American soil as well as at embassies, military bases, international sporting events, or even Trump's properties. It would be simple for ISIS to use a car bomb to attack Trump's property in Indonesia, as an example.

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Diplomat testified of fear Rudy wanted ‘grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus’: report

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President Donald Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine testified about fears that Rudy Giuliani was trying to cut a "grand bargain" with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, according to a new report in Axios.

Volker reportedly testified that Bill Taylor was reluctant to take the position of acting ambassador to Ukraine after the firing of Marie Yovanovitch.

"He was just worried [Ukraine] was going to get undermined at some point,” Volker reportedly testified. “Hanging over everyone’s head in the expert community is, is there some grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus?”

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