A nationwide strike called by a faction of Nepal’s ruling party protesting the dissolution of parliament began Thursday with sporadic clashes between police and protesters in the capital, Kathmandu. At least 70 protesters including a former minister from the agitating faction of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have been arrested while trying to enforce the strike, according to Nepal Police spokesperson Basanta Bahadur Kunwar. "They are currently in our custody," Kunwar told dpa. The strike has crippled normal life, with a disruption of traffic and a partial shutdown of businesses and se...
Stories Chosen For You
'Nothing Trump said was accurate': CNN fact checker shreds former president's claims that Obama stole secret docs
On CNN Monday, fact-checker Daniel Dale criticized former President Donald Trump for spreading false claims related to his alleged retention of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
This comes as the FBI investigates Trump's possession of the documents, and whether it posed a threat to national security.
"Let's just start with one of the things Trump himself said," said anchor John Berman. "He said essentially Barack Obama did the same thing. He said, quote, 'President Barack Obama kept 33 million pages of documents. How many of them classified? How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!' What's the truth here, Daniel?"
"There's no truth to that," said Dale. "You don't have to take my word for it because the National Archives and Records Administration issued a statement totally debunking this. They said the National Archives and Records Administration maintains exclusive legal and physical custody of the Obama-era documents. They were the ones who took 31 million documents to the Chicago area, to their own facility. Not Obama's house. And they made clear that the classified documents were sent to another facility. So, basically, nothing Trump said in that Truth Social post was actually accurate."
"And Trump is also saying they could have had these documents, all they had to do was ask," said Dale. "Did they ask?"
"Not only did the Department of Justice ask, but the National Archives and Records Administration had been asking for months before that," said Dale. "It's not like the DOJ, FBI just showed up with a search warrant. This issue dates back to 2021. It's been an ongoing saga with a lot of communication back and forth. The DOJ also showed up with a grand jury subpoena in June, after which Trump's lawyer signed a document claiming that there were no more classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. According to DOJ and the FBI, that was not true."
'Nothing Trump said was true': fact checker calls out Trump's claims on Obama stealing secret docs www.youtube.com
On CNN Monday, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe tore into former President Donald Trump, accusing him of deliberately inflaming violence against the federal agents investigating him for retaining highly classified information at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
This comes after an incident last week in which a former January 6 rioter was killed trying to shoot his way into the FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
"DHS' response over the last few days indicates to me that maybe they are taking this sort of violent rhetoric on largely right-wing social media sites more seriously than they did in the leadup to January 6th," said McCabe. "That has always been a massive gap for me. It's just not — it's hard to understand how, with the level of rhetoric preceding January 6th, that the FBI and DHS and other law enforcement entities didn't take that seriously. The message they put out today tells me they're watching it closely and trying to take appropriate steps."
"Should former President Trump know the effect of either his silence or his efforts to say — he's alleging the FBI maybe planted evidence, or at least laying the groundwork for that possibility," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "Should he know the effect that those actions on his part can have, when it comes to potential violence against the men and women in the FBI?"
"Brianna, my observations on this is that he is makes those statements because he knows the effect they will have, right?" said McCabe. "He had a distinctive experience on January 6th. That crowd that came and unleashed a violent attack on the Capitol did so, according to many of them who have testified, because they thought that's what he asked them to do."
"He knows that that community of very aggrieved, politically extreme people are listening to everything he says and doesn't say," McCabe continued. "And they react in ways they think he wants them to act. I think that's why he's making the statements he is now."
Andrew McCabe on Trump supporters' violent threats against FBI www.youtube.com
Democratic U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California posted audio of a violent death threat against him and his family, with the speaker calling for "all Democrats" to be killed and ending with a call for "Trump 2024."
Swalwell, married with three children, is a popular target for the right. The California Democrat is a former candidate for president, a visible member of the Democratic Party, and is co-chair of the House Democratic Steering Committee.
In the audio, a male voice can be heard hoping for decapitations of the Congressman, his wife, and their children. The language is graphic.
"I want to say, not me, but I hope someone cuts [his] throat from ear to ear," the voice quips. "Cut his wife's head off, cut his kids' head off."
"You still banging the Chinese spy Fang Fang?" the voice adds. "We’re coming to your house this weekend. Gon’ get you and them little mutant bastards, them little mutant offspring of yours. We’re gon’ get ya.”
The voice also references President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, using horrifically racist slurs, along with Back Lives Matter, immigrants, and Democrats in general.
It also attacks the state of California and Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
It ends with a repeated call of "Trump 2024!"
The audio is nearly two minutes long but appears to have been edited, with at least the beginning cut off.
"Listen to this death threat against my children," Swalwell wrote, posting the audio on Twitter. "Since the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, Trump, McCarthy, and MAGA Republicans are stoking violent rhetoric against lawmakers and law enforcement. Someone is going to get killed."
In 2019, Swalwell also posted a death threat he received. Fox News' Tomi Lahren mocked him on social media.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) questioned the veracity of the audio, saying there was “no way that happened.”
“Because we all know good Trump supporting fathers would say, “that’s the Democrat who had sex with a Chinese spy,” she tweeted.