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Trump fired his intel chief because he wrongly believed Adam Schiff got a personal briefing on Russia

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President Donald Trump forced out his acting director of national intelligence because he believed — wrongly — that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) had gotten a one-on-one briefing on Russian election interference.

A senior U.S. intelligence official told the House Intelligence Committee last week that Russia wants the president to be re-elected and was taking active steps toward that goal, and Trump was furious when he learned about the classified hearing, reported the Washington Post.

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However, the president erroneously believed the official, Shelby Pierson, had given that assessment exclusively to Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the lead Democratic investigator during the impeachment process.

Trump also believed that information would help Democratic candidates if it were released publicly, sources told the newspaper.

After learning of the hearing, Trump blamed acting intel chief Joseph Maguire and replaced him with German ambassador Richard Grenell, a partisan ally with no experience in intelligence or bureaucratic leadership.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) told Trump about Pierson’s testimony, although it’s not clear how the committee’s ranking Republican characterized the hearing.

Kash Patel, one of Nunes’ chief lieutenants, was named a senior adviser to Grenell after his appointment.

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Texas conservatives lose their minds after GOP Gov. Greg Abbott mandates masks in public

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Texas' Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott finally acknowledged that there is a serious problem as COVID-19 takes down the state's population.

It was just a few months ago that municipalities were deciding for themselves when and if they would reopen. But Abbott shut it down, saying that his orders "overrule any local jurisdiction."

In April, "Abbott and the state’s other Republican leaders have blasted local officials in Dallas and Houston for what they called overzealous enforcement of COVID-19 regulations, first zeroing in on Democratically led Harris County’s decision to fine residents for not wearing face masks, a penalty Abbott banned in his April 27 reopening order," ProPublica reported. "The fights came to a head this month with the arrest of a Dallas hair salon owner who refused to shutter her business, an act of defiance that was supported by a right-wing group that launched a GoFundMe campaign a day before she reopened that raised $500,000 before it was disabled."

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Unemployment may not return to pre-COVID levels for a decade: Congressional Budget Office

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On Thursday, Politico reported that it could take a decade for unemployment levels to return to where they were before the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

"The economic outlook for the next 10 years has 'deteriorated significantly' since the independent budget agency issued its last complete set of projections in January, CBO noted," reported Caitlan Emma. "That illustrates the devastating effects of the pandemic and underscores the reality of a slower economic recovery than the 'rocket ship' rebound predicted by President Donald Trump."

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Fired SDNY prosecutor to testify before House Judiciary Committee — behind closed doors: report

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The former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Geoffrey Berman will testify after the bizarre sequence of events that preceded his ouster from the office. AG Bill Barr announced that Berman was resigning, with the SDNY denied. He was then fired by President Donald Trump.

NEW: Fired US Attorney for SDNY Geoffrey Berman will appear next week before House Judiciary behind closed doors next Thursday, according to a congressional aide

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