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Ex-FBI agent explains the Republican’s latest fake-scandal makes Mike Flynn’s actions look worse

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Acting Director of National Intelligence Grenell decided to wage a war against the former Obama administration for being concerned about why Michel Flynn was talking to Russia about sanctions when neither he nor President Donald Trump were sworn into office yet.

As MMFA researcher Matthew Gertz noted, Grenell pulled call data from a series of days ahead of the call between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Gertz asked why Grenell would be so curious about days prior to Flynn’s call.

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“Which mainly makes me curious what happened Dec. 14-16 that raised so many alarms at Treasury/NATO/etc,” he tweeted.

But it was CNN’s counterintelligence expert Asha Rangappa who explained that no one knew it was Flynn. Which is why the unmasking had to happen in the report. No one could politically target someone when they didn’t know it was him to begin with. Meanwhile, if the GOP thinks Flynn’s job made the call acceptable then his identity was important enough for the unmasking.

“Identities are masked when a US person who is NOT the target of the surveillance is captured on the communication — this is an ‘incidental communication,'” she explained. “They are unmasked when the identity is necessary to understand the intelligence. All legal, no warrant required. In requesting an identity be ‘unmasked,’ you by definition don’t know who it is so you can’t be politically targeting a specific individual. And if the claim is that Flynn’s role in the transition made his actions ‘legal,’ you are conceding that his identity is relevant.”

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Trump’s policies could come back to haunt him as he struggles to save his presidency from COVID-19: columnist

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In a column for Washington Monthly, Annie Kim suggested that Donald Trump will likely be handcuffed by his own economic policies as he attempts to deal with the collapse of the U.S. economy in large part due to the coronavirus pandemic that raged out of control on his watch.

With close to 40 million Americans now unemployed and the president's administration pumping trillions into the economy to keep the country afloat as businesses shutter, Kim suggested that Trump is in a major bind of his own making that could cost him re-election.

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Trump supporters revolt against contact tracing — as scientists say its the best way to safely reopen the economy

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Supporters of President Donald Trump want the economy to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic that so far has killed nearly 100,000 Americans.

But as The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reports, many of these same Trump supporters are already revolting against contact tracing, which scientists say is the best way to safely reopen the economy.

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Idaho’s Trump-loving lieutenant governor declares war on state’s GOP governor over COVID-19 shutdown

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Idaho's lieutenant governor has gone to war with her state's governor -- fellow Republican -- over coronavirus shutdown orders.

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin has gone after Gov. Brad Little, who has ordered bars to stay closed until at least June 13, angering the lieutenant governor whose family owns The Celt Pub and Grill, reported The Daily Beast.

“As Lieutenant Governor, I am one heartbeat away from the governor’s chair,” McGeachin wrote. "[We were] sidelined and left to watch silently as the government closed Main Street by unilaterally deciding which businesses were ‘essential’ and which ones were not.”

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