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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.

“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.

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“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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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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