Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock both tested positive for COVID-19 late Thursday after casting their vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, making them the latest in a string of Washington D.C. power players to contract the virus. Collins, R-Maine, and Warnock, D-Ga., are experiencing only mild symptoms. But their presence on the floor of the Senate for the historic vote raises concerns that other lawmakers and perhaps even Vice President Kamala Harris could have been exposed and may test positive in coming days. Michael LaRosa, the spokesman for first lad...
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Trump is trying to sue two former FBI officials — but has failed to serve them papers six different times
On Tuesday, Business Insider reported that former President Donald Trump is trying to sue a pair of former FBI officials who have been at the center of a number of right-wing conspiracy theories about the Russia investigation — but that he has failed half a dozen times to locate them for service of the lawsuit.
"Former President Donald Trump has been trying since March to serve former FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok with a 108-page lawsuit — but hasn't been able to find either of them, according to new court papers," reported Laura Italiano. "Trump 'has attempted service unsuccessfully six (6) times' on both Page and Strzok, with the most recent attempts failing on June 30, his lawyers told a federal judge in Florida."
"The holdup in serving Strzok and Page was revealed in a brief status report on the massive lawsuit, in which Trump accuses lead defendant Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele and some 20 Democrats with a sweeping conspiracy to tie Trump to Russia during the 2016 presidential election," said the report. "It's not clear how, or where, Trump's lawyers have looked for the two, who have maintained a separate, but public, profile since their brief extra-marital affair became front page news in 2017 after the DOJ disclosed their private text communications to reporters."
Strzok and Page became targets of GOP anger in part because their private text messages appeared to show animus toward then-candidate Trump, while Strzok was part of the Russia investigation.
There remains no evidence that Strzok ever did anything to unduly bias the investigation, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe removed Strzok from the probe when the texts were made public.
Trump has long sought to paint the Russia investigation as a nefarious, politically-motivated plot by the intelligence community to ruin his chances of becoming president. Nothing of the sort has ever been substantiated, and special counsel Robert Mueller's final report on the matter indicated members of Trump's team did indeed seek to collaborate with Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election — although Mueller stopped short of charging anyone with a criminal conspiracy.
Donald Trump posted a 24-day-old polling analysis to his "Truth Social" website on Tuesday.
"Former President Donald Trump still manages to dominate the political headlines, nearly a year and half after leaving office. On Thursday, the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol used its first prime-time hearing to make the case that Trump used his power to try and overturn the 2020 election result," Enten wrote. "The committee faces political headwinds, however. A majority of Americans (55%) now believe that Trump was either not or only partially responsible for the rioters who overtook the Capitol, according to a recent NBC News poll. That’s up from 47% in January 2021."
Trump started the social media company after his @realDonaldTrump account was permanently suspended two days after the Jan. 6 attack "due to the risk of further incitement of violence."
Also on Tuesday, the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol will be held next Tuesday morning.
CNN is reporting former top Trump aide Sarah Matthews has agreed to testify publicly. Matthews was deputy press secretary for both Trump's unsuccessful 2020 presidential campaign and in the White House.
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On Tuesday, Fox 59 News reported that a young man in Indianapolis was arrested after bringing a loaded gun to a fireworks show at a children's playground — in his pants.
"Police and an Indianapolis Park Ranger then detained 20-year-old Tyrese Cole and two other juveniles who had made their way into the Colts Canal Playspace area," reported Matt Christy. "A pat-down of Cole revealed a rifle stock in his pants that belonged to a short barrel rifle. Police said the rifle didn’t have the safety on and was set to fire with a 'live 300 blackout round in the chamber.' Police said one of the juveniles had a Taurus .45 in his waistband while the other had a Glock 43 with a live round in the chamber."
According to the report, the juveniles were arrested and preliminarily charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, while Cole was charged with dangerous control of a firearm.
"The canal walk and the Colts playground located on its east bank have not been strangers to gun-related violence and crime. Residents who live near the area have said they’ve become accustomed to hearing gunfire near the playground," said the report. "In May, a shooting on the downtown canal caused a family playing at the Colts playground to go running for cover, a mother trying to flee with her children struck in the crossfire. Two years ago, on July 5, 2020, Jessica Doty Whitaker was shot and killed on the canal walk. No arrest has been made in her death."
All of this comes as several gun violence incidents occurred during Independence Day celebrations on Monday.
In Highland Park, Illinois, a man was arrested after a mass shooting at a parade that killed seven people and injured dozens. Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, a massive crowd of people fled in terror at the sound of gunfire during a fireworks show near the Ben Franklin Parkway.