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White House leaks claim to Fox News the whistleblower has ‘political bias’

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The Trump White House has leaked to Fox News its claim the whistleblower –whose multi-faceted complaint against President Donald Trump led to the announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry earlier Tuesday — is now seen as having “political bias.”

In a clear attempt to discredit the unnamed whistleblower — who is an intelligence official — and thus their complaint, Fox News cites an anonymous source identified only as a “senior Trump administration official.”

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That unnamed individual “told Fox News late Tuesday that the administration will release a document showing the intelligence community inspector general found the whistleblower who leveled an explosive accusation against President Trump concerning his talks with Ukraine had ‘political bias’ in favor of ‘a rival candidate’ of the president.”

That same intelligence community inspector general had found the whistleblower’s complaint to be “credible” and “urgent.”

A whistleblower’s possible motivation or political ties do not change facts. President Donald Trump has already admitted to committing illegal acts.

The newly-announced formal impeachment inquiry is not based solely on the whistleblower’s complaint, which the Trump administration for weeks has been refusing to hand over to Congress. By law it was required to do so weeks ago. It has yet to do so.

President Trump Tuesday night agreed to give to Congress a transcript of a telephone call he had with the president of Ukraine. There is no reason, based on the Trump administration’s history of altering or wrongly transcribing official government documents, it will be full or credible.

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The White House Tuesday night also said it will finally release to Congress the whistleblower complaint. Again, there is no reason to believe it will be full or a credibly redacted or edited version.


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The FDA repeatedly stood up to Trump on coronavirus — and even won some victories: NYT

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President Donald J. Trump has repeatedly tried to undermine the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) and now, with just two weeks until Election Day, the world is learning more about the behind-the-scenes battles that have shaken these governmental entities to the core.

Approximately two weeks after Trump's release from Walter Reed Medical Center, there is no "cure," as the president stated, and he is not "immune." No one is immune - and there is no successful vaccine, regardless of how much Trump claims one will arrive before Nov. 3. The F.D.A. published the guidelines in briefing materials to an advisory committee that will discuss them on Thursday, effectively making them official. To be clear, the F.D.A.has not approved Trump's miraculous cure of a cocktail - even though he has claimed differently.

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America is on pace for record-shattering early voter turnout — including in critical states: report

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On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that voters are casting early ballots in numbers on track to set a historic record — including in some critical battleground states.

"Early-voting counts suggest a record level of civic participation before Election Day. The tens of millions of ballots already cast show highly enthusiastic voters are making sure their votes are counted amid a pandemic," said the report.

15.8 million people in battleground states have already voted, and in some states, like Michigan and Wisconsin, more people have voted early so far than did in the entire early voting period of 2016. In North Carolina, meanwhile, 2 million ballots have been cast — more than double the same amount at this point in 2016.

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Pro-Trump activist who claims he’s from the future will represent himself against federal charges for stealing NFL brain scans

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reported that Austin Steinbart — a QAnon activist controversial even within the pro-Trump conspiracy world — plans to act as his own attorney in an upcoming federal criminal case.

Some QAnon news: QAnon figure Austin Steinbart, who goes by the alias "Baby Q" and has claimed to be the leader of QAnon visiting from the future via time travel, just filed to act as his own attorney in a federal felony case. What could go wrong?

— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 20, 2020

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