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Lindsey Graham’s latest ‘deep state’ conspiracy theory gets slapped down by Australian ambassador

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Australia’s ambassador to the United States on Thursday delivered a humiliating smackdown to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for his latest “deep state” conspiracy theory.

Earlier this week, Graham sent out a letter claiming that an Australian diplomat had been “directed to contact” former Trump foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos and “and relay information obtained from Papadopoulos regarding the campaign.” The insinuation from Graham’s letter was that Papadopoulos had purportedly been set up by the FBI in an effort to frame the Trump campaign for seeking Russian help to defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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In response to Graham’s letter, Australian ambassador Joe Hockey accused Graham of misrepresenting the facts behind the Australian diplomat’s actions.

“In your letter you made mention of the role of an Australian diplomat,” Hockey wrote to Graham. “We reject your characterisation of his role.”

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election found that the FBI had been contacted by a foreign diplomat in July 2016 to discuss the fact that a member of the Trump campaign “had received indications from the Russian government that it could assist the Campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to” Hillary Clinton. It did not mention anything about that diplomat being “instructed” by American officials to meet with the campaign official.

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Trump personally asked what ‘tanks’ could be used to break up George Floyd protests

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast detailed how President Donald Trump himself has been behind the push to use the military to control the protests against the police killing of George Floyd — to the extent that he actually asked about specific military equipment that would be available for that purpose.

"[Defense Secretary Mark] Esper, along with other cabinet secretaries, stood next to the president during the remarks in the park after participating in an hour-long call with governors in which he said they needed to 'dominate the battlespace' to quell the protests," reported Erin Banco, Spencer Ackerman, and Asawin Suebsaeng. "But three senior Pentagon officials who spoke with The Daily Beast said they viewed the secretary’s comments on the call as a way to publicly show support for the president. They did not expect the department to actually implement a plan that would reflect the president’s rhetoric and force additional troops upon the states."

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FBI has ‘no intelligence’ Antifa was involved in Sunday’s violence at DC protests: report

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Attorney General Bill Barr and President Donald Trump have tried to blame Antifa -- or anti-fascists -- for violence in the protests against police injustice. But the public data has backed up their case, and even their on intel disputes the argument.

"he FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31, according to an internal FBI situation report obtained exclusively by The Nation. That same day, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would designate Antifa a terrorist organization, even though the government has no existing authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization," Ken Klippenstein reported for the magazine.

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NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."

Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?

Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt

— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020

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