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William Barr calls out Democrats’ refusal to condemn Portland violence

Attorney General William P. Barr on Tuesday called out Democrats’ refusal to condemn the violence that has swept across Portland, Oregon, and other American cities. “What makes me concerned for the country is this is the first time in my memory the leaders of one of our great two political parties, the Democratic Party, are…

William Barr calls out Democrats’ refusal to condemn Portland violence

Attorney General William P. Barr on Tuesday called out Democrats’ refusal to condemn the violence that has swept across Portland, Oregon, and other American cities.

“What makes me concerned for the country is this is the first time in my memory the leaders of one of our great two political parties, the Democratic Party, are not coming out and condemning mob violence and the attack on federal courts,” Mr. Barr said in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

“Why can’t we just say violence against federal courts has to stop. Can we hear something like that?” he asked.

Law enforcement officials, including officers holed up in a federal courthouse in downtown Portland, has been under siege for days.

Rioters have gathered nightly to set fire and unleash explosives at the buildings. They have also fired lasers into officers’ eyes, leading to apparent eye damage.

Democrats have instead taken aim at the Trump administration, accusing it of heavy-handed tactics and using federal officers to crack down on peaceful protests.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Sunday called Antifa violence “a myth.”

Mr. Barr took aim at the chairman’s comment that the anarchy group’s violence is a myth.

“I don’t think it’s a myth, Antifa can be best thought of as an umbrella term for a movement composed of loosely organized groups around the country,” he said. “They are definitely organized, but since they have an anarchic temperament, they don’t get along very well.”

The attorney general was asked if Democrats would be outraged if rioters attacked the U.S. Capitol. He took the opportunity to slam Democrats’ response to the Portland unrest.

“This body? I’m not sure,” he said in response to the question.

Mr. Barr also defended the deployment of federal forces to Portland, saying the government has an obligation to protect federal property.

“Federal courts are under attack,” he said. “Since when is it OK to try to burn down a federal court? The U.S. Marshals have a duty to stop that and defend the courthouse and that’s what we’re doing in Portland. We are at the courthouse defending the courthouse. We’re not out looking for trouble.

“Even where there are these kinds of riots occurring, we haven’t had to put in the kind of reinforcement that we have in Portland because the state and local law enforcement does their job and won’t allow rioters to come and just physically assault the courthouse,” Mr. Barr continued. “In Portland that’s not the case.”

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Trump calls on GOP to investigate new disclosures of FBI malfeasance

President Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Friday to investigate bombshell disclosures that the FBI relied on a suspected Russian spy to justify secret surveillance of his campaign in 2016 in search of evidence of collusion with Moscow. At a campaign rally in Atlanta, Georgia, the president called out to Republican Sen. David Perdue and Kelly…

Trump calls on GOP to investigate new disclosures of FBI malfeasance

President Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Friday to investigate bombshell disclosures that the FBI relied on a suspected Russian spy to justify secret surveillance of his campaign in 2016 in search of evidence of collusion with Moscow.

At a campaign rally in Atlanta, Georgia, the president called out to Republican Sen. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, and Rep. Doug Collins, who were in the audience, to get to work on the scandal.

“David, if you guys can start working on that when you get back,” the president called out with a smile. “Doug, please, if you don’t mind. Kelly, start working on that with David, please, okay? I think Monday morning would be okay.”

William Barnett, an FBI agent assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, said he believed there was a “get Trump” attitude among some people in the special counsel’s office and that prosecutors, rather than FBI investigators, pushed most of the decisions.

A summary of his comments was disclosed late Thursday in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn by the Justice Department as part of its request to have the case dismissed.

Other disclosures in text messages show that FBI and CIA personnel purchased personal liability insurance because they were worried about the implications of the agencies’ actions in the FBI’s probe of the Trump campaign. And the so-called Steele dossier, on which the FBI based its suspicions of Russian collusion, included allegations from a suspected Russian spy, a fact never disclosed to the secret court that granted the surveillance warrants.

The president said the revelations show that the allegations of Russian collusion against him turned out to be “the exact opposite.” He said the Obama administration was in bed with Moscow.

“They were the ones that were dealing with Russia. It was a disinformation campaign,” he said.

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Trump calls Ginsburg an ‘amazing woman,’ learns of her death after campaign speech

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Bemidji Regional Airport, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Bemidji, Minn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) more > By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Friday, September 18, 2020 President Trump called the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “an amazing woman” Friday night and had no…

Trump calls Ginsburg an ‘amazing woman,’ learns of her death after campaign speech

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Bemidji Regional Airport, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Bemidji, Minn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) more>

By Dave Boyer

The Washington Times

Friday, September 18, 2020

President Trump called the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “an amazing woman” Friday night and had no immediate comment on filling the vacancy on the high court.

The president learned of Justice Ginsburg’s death after speaking at a campaign rally in Minnesota.

“She just died? Wow. I didn’t know that. You’re telling me that for the first time,” he told reporters before boarding Air Force One at the rally site. “She led an amazing life, what else can you say? She was an amazing woman. Whether you agree or not, she led an amazing life. I am sad to hear that.”

She was 87 years old.

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Trump calls on Fox News to fire reporter in war dead controversy |NationalTribune.com

US President Donald Trump has demanded the Fox News network fire its national security correspondent after she confirmed claims he had disparaged the military – a bombshell that has dogged him for two days. Trump came under fire after The Atlantic magazine reported he had called marines killed in action in the World War I…

Trump calls on Fox News to fire reporter in war dead controversy |NationalTribune.com

US President Donald Trump has demanded the Fox News network fire its national security correspondent after she confirmed claims he had disparaged the military – a bombshell that has dogged him for two days.
Trump came under fire after The Atlantic magazine reported he had called marines killed in action in the World War I “losers” and “suckers” in connection with a November 2018 visit to France in which he skipped a visit to a United States’s military cemetery.
Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin on Saturday said two former administration officials had confirmed to her the president “did not want to drive to honour American war dead” at the Aisne-Marne cemetery outside Paris, implying weather was not a factor.
One official also told her Trump had used the word “suckers” to denigrate the military, but in a different context related to the Vietnam War.
“When the president spoke about the Vietnam War, he said, ‘It was a stupid war. Anyone who went was a sucker’,” she quoted the unnamed official as saying.
“It was a character flaw of the president. He could not understand why someone would die for their country, not worth it,” the source said.
‘Slimeball reporter’
Trump has furiously defended himself in the wake of the story in The Atlantic, tweeting and retweeting stories condemning it as “fake news”.
“You work so hard for the military, from completely rebuilding a depleted mess that was left by OBiden, to fixing a broken V.A. and fighting for large scale military pay raises, and then a slimeball reporter, maybe working with disgruntled people, makes up such a horrible charge,” a furious Trump tweeted on Saturday.
A day earlier, the US president had tweeted: “Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting. Never even called us for comment. @FoxNews is gone!”

You work so hard for the military, from completely rebuilding a depleted mess that was left by OBiden, to fixing a broken V.A. and fighting for large scale military pay raises, and then a slimeball reporter, maybe working with disgruntled people, makes up such a horrible charge..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020

According to The Atlantic, in a conversation with senior staff members, on the morning of the visit, Trump said: “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.”
The official explanation for that missed visit was bad weather.
The habitually Trump-friendly Fox News has been criticised for seemingly sidelining Griffin’s reporting in its coverage of the story.
A story on its website on Saturday was headlined: “Sources dispute claim Trump nixed visit to military cemetery over disdain for slain veterans.”
Several of Griffin’s colleagues at Fox have publicly defended her on Twitter, along with Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger, who called her “fair and unafraid”.
“I can tell you that my sources are unimpeachable,” Griffin said on-air on her network on Saturday. “My sources are not anonymous to me and I doubt they are anonymous to the president.”
Just before The Atlantic published its story, a poll by the Military Times and the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families found that just 37.4 percent of active-duty personnel support Trump’s re-election bid, while 43.1 percent back Joe Biden.
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