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Rep. Ro Khanna moves to subpoena John Bolton for House testimony ‘this week or next’

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Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) on Tuesday called for former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify before a House committee.

Earlier this week, Bolton said in a statement that he would be willing to speak to Senate investigators if he was subpoenaed.

But Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has asserted that Bolton should not be allowed to testify before the Senate because he was not subpoenaed by the House during the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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“Now that John Bolton has said that he is open to testifying in the Senate, there’s no argument for why he shouldn’t testify from the House,” Khanna told MSNBC on Wednesday. “And it would help counter Rubio’s argument that we can’t consider [Bolton’s] testimony if the House doesn’t consider it.”

“We ought to do it,” he continued. “And we ought to get Bolton in here this week or next week and let the country hear what he has to say.”

Khanna said that Democratic lawmakers in the House are discussing a subpoena for Bolton.

“Bolton now is not going to have an excuse to avoid that testimony,” he said, “but it is something that is being discussed among colleagues.”

Watch the video below from MSNBC.

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Trump campaign ramps up smear campaign on Obama’s ebola czar for exposing the president’s COVID-19 bumbling: report

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Klain, who is now becoming a fixture on cable news, took part in a video ad touting the campaign of Biden, and used his expertise to rip into the Trump administration's efforts to deal with the national health crisis. That put a target on his back as the president's 2020 campaign team is trying to stem the damage that threatens the president's chances of being re-elected in November.

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According to a day-by-day examination of the White House efforts to get up to speed on dealing with the growing coronavirus pandemic that has now brought the country to an almost complete standstill, Politico reports that Donald Trump was advised in early March to warn the public things were about to get worse and chose to ignore that advice.

The report notes that the final realization about the dangerous spread of COVID-19 preceded the president's rare prime time address to the nation.

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Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare

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The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable.

The novel coronavirus, however, has opened up an entirely different problem: the life-endangering consequences of supposed cures, misleading claims, snake-oil sales pitches and conspiracy theories about the outbreak.

So far, AFP has debunked almost 200 rumors and myths about the virus, but experts say stronger action from tech companies is needed to stop misinformation and the scale at which it can be spread online.

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