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National security experts accuse White House of ‘politicizing intelligence’ as Trump bans Dems from Russia briefing

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Legal and national security experts expressed concern and anger Monday afternoon as word spread the White House would be briefing Congress on bombshell reports Russia has been paying the Taliban to kill American soldiers – and that Democrats would be banned from that briefing.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the White House never briefed the Gang of Eight, which could be a violation of the law.

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Meanwhile, Politico’s congressional reporter Kyle Cheney said Trump’s decision to a GOP-only meeting was “briefing political allies first,” but others were less generous in their assessments.

Presumably the briefing will be conducted by the Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe.

CNN National Security Analyst Sam Vinograd, a former Senior Advisor to the White House’s National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama called it “politicizing intelligence.”

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Law and national security expert Joshua Geltzer shared the same thought:

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Former CIA analyst and former National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price:

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Law professor:

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Defense News’s Deputy editor and Pentagon Correspondent:

Defense One executive editor Kevin Baron suggested the briefing was partisan politics, not oversight:

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U.S. Rep. Brian Schatz (D-HI) called it “disgusting.”

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Wall Street delivers a stunning repudiation of Trump and his coronavirus failures

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The stock market, the faltering Trump campaign’s last straw of hope for the November election, is turning out to be the Republican nominee’s short straw.

After a month of gradually falling stock prices, Wall Street on Monday was delivering a stunning repudiation of the current occupant of the White House and his radical Senate enablers for their failure to control the COVID-19 pandemic and to address the resulting collapse of the economy.

Just last week, Trump touted the stock market’s generally positive performance through the pandemic: "Look, we're having a tremendous thing in the stock market, and that's good for everybody, but people that aren't rich own stock and they have 401(k)s," he said at a town hall appearance on ABC.

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Mitch McConnell’s push for Trump to replace Ginsburg ‘reduces those who take him at his word to fools’: op-ed

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Writing for Slate this Monday, Lili Loofbourow says that in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made his intentions clear -- Trump’s nominee for her replacement would receive a vote in the Senate, "and though he left the timing slightly unclear, he has no intention of letting the will of the American people (who have already started voting) determine what should happen.

"He made quick work of the optimists on Twitter suggesting that he surely wouldn’t be so hellbent on total power that he’d risk destroying the country by breaking the precedent he himself had articulated," Loofbourow writes. "Wrong. He would. And anyone who took him at his word when he rejected Merrick Garland’s nomination was made a fool when he reversed himself on the question of whether (to quote the man himself) 'the American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.'"

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Fauci staffer unmasked as COVID-19 truther who writes for right-wing blog under a fake name

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A government employee who works under Dr. Anthony Fauci has been spreading coronavirus misinformation as managing editor of a right-wing blog.

The Daily Beast revealed that William Crews, a public affairs specialist for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has written under the pseudonym "streiff" for the conservative RedState website, where he spins COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

“I think we’re at the point where it is safe to say that the entire Wuhan virus scare was nothing more or less than a massive fraud perpetrated upon the American people by ‘experts’ who were determined to fundamentally change the way the country lives and is organized and governed,” wrote Crews in June. “If there were justice we’d send and [sic] few dozen of these fascists to the gallows and gibbet their tarred bodies in chains until they fall apart.”

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