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Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn Vindicated, U.S. Attorney Files Motion To Dismiss Case against Three Star General

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In a stunning and ‘historic’ turn of events U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Jensen, who was appointed by Department of Justice Attorney General William Barr, filed a motion to dismiss the case three years after charges were brought against former National Security Advisor Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. Flynn who had originally pleaded guilty under his previous defense counsel, had withdrawn his guilty plea earlier this year and charged the government prosecutors with strong-arming him and threatening his family, which led to his guilty plea.

He emphatically stated his innocence against the charges of one count of lying to the FBI and changed his defense counsel last year. Sidney Powell, his defense attorney, who had replaced Flynn’s previous defense team Covington and Burling, said today’s victory is a victory for all Americans.

“This is a historic moment for the entire country and crucial to the restoration of the rule of law,” Powell told this reporter. “Millions and millions of Americans joined and supported our fight for the truth and this important step for the country to begin to believe that we can bring integrity back into our law enforcement institutions.”

Jenson released a statement Thursday saying that “through the course of my review of General Flynn’s case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case.”

Jenson, who had discovered a slew of documents the FBI and DOJ had kept from his defense throughout his trial said he “briefed Attorney General Barr on my findings, advised him on these conclusions, and he agreed.”

Michael Flynn Jr., the son of Lt. Gen. Flynn, told this reporter Thursday that “It’s about time and it’s a sense of relief for the family but I want justice.”

He told me that those “people who went after my father and who put my family, father through this need to pay for what they’ve done. They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.”

The FBI began its investigation into Flynn in August 2016 as part of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane probe into President Trump and his campaign and the now-debunked claim that they persuaded Russia to help get him elected.

It was investigators’ stated goal to find if Flynn “was directed and controlled by and/or coordinated activities with the Russian Federation in a manner which is a threat to the national security and/or possibly a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, 18 U.S.C. § 951 et seq., or other related statutes.”

After a months-long investigation, the FBI “determined that [Mr. Flynn] was no longer a viable candidate as part of the larger Crossfire Hurricane umbrella case” and were readying to close it, which was made clear in an FBI memo drafted on January 4, 2017 that noted investigators found no derogatory information” in regards to Flynn.

Further, the document concluded, “The FBI is closing this investigation” and will only consider reopening it if there is new evidence on Flynn. That document, however, was never officially approved. FBI agent Peter Strzok discovered in January 2017 that the case had never closed and saw it as “serendipitously good,” according to documents obtained by

The bureau then learned of conversations between Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak from December 2016, which they used to keep the investigation open as a potential violation of the Logan Act.

On January 12, 2017,  the Washington Post’s David Ignatius wrote of Flynn’s correspondence with the Russian ambassador saying that Trump’s then-pick for National Security Adviser discussed U.S. sanctions, but the White House later disputed that claim.

FBI Director James Comey and senior officials at his bureau and at the DOJ didn’t believe the White House, but didn’t notify the administration of that belief, even after receiving some pushback from within. Soon after, Comey sent two of his agents to the White House to interview Flynn, but failed to follow protocol in notifying the DOJ or the White House, itself. Following that interview, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sent more agents to interview Flynn in the hopes of setting him up for a perjury trap, according to documents.

Jennie S. Taer contributed to this report.

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Coronavirus live news and updates from around the world

Shuttered shops stand in Fisketorvet-Copenhagen Mall in Denmark, on Wednesday, April 15. Carsten Snejbjerg/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Denmark will begin to open retail stores and shopping centers as coronavirus restrictions are gradually lifted, the prime minister said today.

Professional sports will be allowed to resume without spectators starting Monday.

“Phase two” of the government’s plan will see the reopening of restaurants, cafes, bars, libraries, churches, schools and boarding schools for students in grades 6 through 10, from May 18. Younger students returned to school last month, during the country’s first phase of reopening.

All reopenings will take place under strict rules to maintain social distancing and cannot be considered a return to “normal” life, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said. 

“We have to expect more cases as we open society. That is why it is crucial that we protect the people that are vulnerable to the disease. But there is a risk and that is why we must continue to maintain social distancing,” the prime minister said.

A ban on gatherings of more than 10 people will remain and borders are to stay closed.

The situation in the country is still “serious” and restrictions could be reimposed if there is a spike in cases upon reopening, Frederiksen said.

The second phase will continue with ongoing precautions in place: random testing, the use of protective equipment, social distancing, good hygiene, and the avoidance of possible “super spreading” situations, such as mass gatherings.  

The number of hospital admissions attributed to coronavirus in Denmark fell below 200 today for the first time in seven weeks. The number of admitted patients have been dropping steadily since peaking with 535 people at the start of April. 

In Denmark, 514 people have died from the virus.

The first phase of reopening began three weeks ago and included school children up through fifth grade, as well as businesses including hairdressers and chiropractors reopening.

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Republican frustrations mount with FBI chief

But other Republicans said they aren’t satisfied with Wray’s progress so far.

“I’m highly concerned about his lack of, really, reform within the FBI and certainly not turning over the type of documents I think he should’ve turned over to Congress a long time ago,” Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said. “So I’m very disappointed in his performance.”

“There are a lot of questions that have to be asked on exactly where in the hierarchy of the FBI the buck stops,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, warned. “So I’ve not formed a formal opinion, but I think there are some questions, based on the answers, that could lead me in that direction.”

Republican senators supported the initial Russia investigations, including special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, but have since soured on the predicates for those investigations, including the surveillance of former Trump adviser Carter Page whose Russia ties drew scrutiny from the intelligence community.

Some of the president’s closest allies want Wray to hold accountable officials whom they believe treated Trump and his presidential campaign unfairly in 2016.

“I’ll reserve judgment on whether he ought to be fired, but I think he needs to do more to get rid of the people who perpetrated this on the president,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Wray to lead the agency by a vote of 92 to 5, with all Republicans voting in favor. But many of those same Republicans have grown concerned that Wray is not being transparent with Congress, specifically on how the FBI is implementing reforms in the aftermath of a blistering inspector general report that found widespread abuses of the surveillance courts.

“I think he’s been a little derelict in not being more accommodating to help get to the bottom of what many of us are concerned with,” Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said. “I think he needs to be more energetic and more responsive. And I think if he’s not, there’s going to be increasing pressure for him to maybe move on down the road. I wouldn’t be calling for it myself. But I think he puts himself in a spot where he’s vulnerable.”

Trump himself is growing increasingly frustrated with Wray, but he has said privately that he does not want to be accused of having a constitutional crisis on his hands, and is letting Attorney General William Barr take the lead on handling Wray, according to a person close to the White House.

Trump has “never liked Wray,” the person said, adding that “keeping his job isn’t in the cards for him.”

In an interview last Friday with conservative commentator Dan Bongino, the president said that what Flynn faced was “a disgrace,” adding: “one way or the other he’s innocent.” Trump did not answer questions about the fate of the FBI director and whether he should be trusted to enact reforms.

Instead, the president praised Barr and said he is looking into the matter.

“I’ll tell you what, you’re going to see what a good job he’s doing,” Trump said. “I don’t get involved, I say Bill, you have to do what’s right. I can get involved in theory — I am the chief law enforcement, but I think it’s better if I don’t.”

The president has rarely voiced his concerns with Wray publicly. But last year, he lashed out at Wray after the FBI director backed up the Justice Department inspector general’s conclusion that the FBI’s Russia probe was appropriately launched. At the time, Senate Republicans raced to defend Wray from the president’s attacks.

Wray’s penchant to sometimes buck the president has rubbed Trump’s allies the wrong way, in particular when it comes to election interference and the origins of the Russia investigation.

“I think his attitude, his very dismissive attitude, when he’s been up before the Judiciary Committee addressing that situation is of deep concern to me,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of that panel. “So I would just say that I have a lot of concerns.”

The FBI seemed to acknowledge the pressure Wray is under earlier this week when an agency spokesman released a rare statement seeking to distance Wray from the Flynn controversy, placing the blame on “prior FBI leadership.”

“Director Wray remains firmly committed to addressing the failures under prior FBI leadership while maintaining the foundational principles of rigor, objectivity, accountability, and ownership in fulfilling the Bureau’s mission to protect the American people and defend the Constitution,” the spokesman said.

House Republicans have gone even further than their counterparts in the Senate. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Wray earlier this week in which he suggested that the FBI director was shielding the agency’s alleged misconduct in the Flynn case.

“Even more concerning, we continue to learn these new details from litigation and investigations — not from you,” Jordan wrote. “It is well past time that you show the leadership necessary to bring the FBI past the abuses of the Obama-Biden era.”

Meridith McGraw contributed to this report.

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Live Coronavirus News Updates – The New York Times

As time goes on, more people are wondering, did I have coronavirus already. “I can help the next patient [INAUDIBLE].“.” Now, Stanford hospitals in northern California are giving their health care workers the answer with antibody testing for all. We were given exclusive access to follow two caregivers and their blood through the antibody testing process. “I do have a loved one at home, my mother, who is high risk. So I want to get tested just to make sure I’m O.K., and kind of maybe surprise her and say, I get to come see you.” First, they’re swabbed to make sure they’re not currently infected. “Oh my god.” And then they give a vial of blood for the antibody test. “There’s so many asymptomatic carriers around, and there’s so many people that may have had it or had mild symptoms, and not had known. If I have the antibodies and someone needs my plasma, I’d love to help out.” “Honestly, I’m hoping that comes back positive, that it’ll teach us a lot.” ”—the blood antibody test for the COVID-19 virus.” This blood test, also known as serology, will show if they had coronavirus in the past, and their immune system raised antibodies to fight it off. But it can’t predict if those antibodies will make them immune. What this and other reliable antibody tests can do is give us a better picture of how widespread coronavirus actually is. And they’re helping researchers design possible treatments and vaccines. “More widespread testing will help us to better understand more quickly what are the important variables, you know, who’s going to be protected, who’s not.” These are samples from the people we just met including, Heidi and Jamshid. Here, they’ll be spun to separate blood cells from plasma. Next, that plasma is taken to a different lab on campus for analysis. “You can see the robot is precisely putting in the right amount of each sample into the wells of the plate.” “There’s been great demand for the test. The lab is basically open 24 hours. The instruments have been running day and night.” Dr. Scott Boyd and his team developed this test, and now they’re ramping up quickly. They’ve just received a new shipment of robots called ELISA Instruments. Soon, the team hopes to process at least 4,000 samples a day. They use controls to validate their tests, so they know it works. The positive controls are from coronavirus patients at Stanford, and the negative are from healthy blood donors, taken before coronavirus jumped to humans. Out of 200 people, the results for a few may be inaccurate. But this kind of test is among the best we have. You can see the controls here in the left column of each assay plate. Once the plate finishes processing, you can see a yellow color in the patient samples that have antibodies. The darker the color, the more antibodies there are. “But just measuring the total quantity doesn’t tell you all the information you’d like to know. The question is, does somebody likely have immunity. The answers are not yet as clear.” Only some antibodies actually fight or neutralize the virus. So the next step for researchers is to identify those ones. Then, how much of those neutralizing antibodies are needed to block the virus and prevent re infection? “So we’re also now working on developing a neutralizing anybody test that would allow us to test a lot of patients in the hospital, and also health care workers.” That neutralizing antibody test, which Dr. Boyd hopes to have ready by the end of May, will give a better sense of who is actually immune. Remember Heidi from earlier? Well, we watched her sample go through the process. “Coronavirus.” And now her results are in. “Not detected.” All right, so what did the results say? “Negative. Negative COVID and negative serology, unfortunately. But it’s a good thing, right? It can still be good. Today’s really my only safe day, because I go back to work tomorrow. So I feel pretty safe that I can go over, see my mom without a mask. I don’t think she’s got the ability to survive a disease like this, so I’ve had to be very careful. I haven’t seen her face. She hasn’t seen my face without a mask on since like, the beginning of March. I’m negative.” “What?” “Yeah.” “Yay!” “You get to take your mask off, at least for today. Come out here.” “Oh my goodness. I’m so happy.” “I missed you.” “I missed you. Oh, I haven’t had a hug forever. Oh, I’m so happy. O.K. Bye bye, sweetheart. Bye bye.” “All right. Bye bye.” “Thank you.” Jamshid’s results are the same as Heidi’s “So I do not have the antibodies, which is great, because it means PPE works, which is fantastic. I’ve definitely been in multiple rooms with people with known COVID, and I’ve been wearing PPE. And I’m glad that I was at a place that I didn’t have to reuse or recycle my PPE.” Preliminary data is starting to show that Heidi and Jamshid’s negative antibody results are representative. “Hi, Romey.” In places like the Bay Area that haven’t been hard hit, only a small fraction of people are testing positive for antibodies. “You know, where I go to the grocery store, I get it. I go to work again, I get it. It’s out there, so I’m still going to take the same precautions. I’m going to still wear a mask.” But these tests are a first step towards understanding immunity. Just having antibodies is not a free pass. “Hopefully if someone’s positive, it doesn’t give a false sense of security. I still think that everybody needs to protect themselves just the way that we currently are.”

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Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker Join Forces on Bill to Ban Most Factory Farming by 2040

Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday that she would be co-sponsoring Sen. Cory Booker’s bill to phase out large-scale factory farming by 2040.

The Farm System Reform Act would prohibit new large factory farms from going into business and force others to cease expansions before halting operations entirely within two decades. Warren’s support for the law comes after multiple reports of unsafe conditions in the meatpacking industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Rep. Ro Khanna is also co-sponsoring the effort and has introduced companion legislation to the House.

“For years, regulators looked the other way while giant multinational corporations crushed competition in the agriculture sector and seized control over key markets,” Warren said in a statement. “The COVID-19 crisis will make it easier for Big Ag to get even bigger, gobble up smaller farms, and lead to fewer choices for consumers.”

“We need to attack this consolidation head-on and give workers, farmers, and consumers bargaining power in our farm and food system,” added Warren. “I’m glad to partner with Senator Booker and Representative Khanna to start reversing the hyper-concentration in our farm economy.”

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) share the stage during a Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Florida on June 26, 2019.
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As many in the country began to fear shortages of meat, President Donald Trump issued an executive order late last month that invoked the Defense Production Act in an attempt to compel meatpackers to remain open as “critical infrastructure,” despite large outbreaks of COVID-19 that have reportedly overwhelmed some facilities.

While Booker’s legislation may seem timely due to the impact the pandemic is having on the meat industry, it was originally proposed by the senator in December 2019. The bill was intended to support smaller farms by countering the influence of large, monopolistic corporations that had “run roughshod over the marketplace,” according to Booker.

If passed, the law would place an immediate moratorium on new large factory farms—also known as “CAFOs,” or concentrated animal feeding operations. The largest CAFOs would be entirely phased out by 2040. Medium and small-sized operations would not be prohibited, although voluntary buyouts would be offered for farmers who want to cease factory farming.

Corporations would also be held responsible for environmental damage caused by CAFOs. In addition, law would enforce mandatory country-of-origin labelling for beef, pork and dairy products, while prohibiting the Department of Agriculture from labelling any imported meat as a “Product of USA.”

“Our food system was not broken by the pandemic and it was not broken by independent family farmers,” said Booker. “It was broken by large, multinational corporations like Tyson, Smithfield, and JBS that, because of their buying power and size, have undue influence over the marketplace and over public policy.”

“That undue influence was on full display with President Trump’s recent executive order prioritizing meatpacker profits over the health and safety of workers,” Booker added.

Newsweek reached out to Booker’s office, who declined to comment further.

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The search for a coronavirus vaccine continues as states keep reopening without meeting guidelines

States across the country continued to work toward reopening Thursday as scientists kept up their hunt for a coronavirus vaccine.

California, one of the first states to implement a stay-at-home order, is set to begin loosening some restrictions Friday, though state Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly warned residents, “It does not mean a return to normal.”

“We still know that the virus is alive in California and that your good efforts have helped us suppress it quite a bit, but it is still there spreading,” he said.

Starting Friday, some retail stores will be able to do more curbside pickup and potentially delivery, though they should continue to encourage social distancing, Ghaly said. Manufacturers should keep workers farther apart for social distancing, and warehouse workers should have sanitation materials and use personal protective equipment during deliveries.

Meanwhile, potential vaccines to prevent Covid-19 infections are racing through development at unprecedented speeds, with one maker, Moderna Inc., announcing Thursday it would soon begin a phase 2 study for its potential vaccine after getting approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.

President Donald Trump had said a vaccine would be available by December, then appeared this week to back off his claim. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has said it’s possible to have a coronavirus vaccine by January.

But scientists won’t know whether vaccines can prevent infection until April or May next year, said Dr. Mark Mulligan, director of the Vaccine Center at New York University’s Langone Health, who is working with Pfizer Inc. on its vaccine trial.

Still, that time frame is “blazing process” for vaccine development, he told CNN Wednesday.

“We’re doing things in months that normally would be done in years,” Mulligan said.

More than 75,000 people have died of the virus and more than 1.2 million are infected as of Thursday in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University.

For now, as states continue disjointed efforts to reopen local economies, the White House will not implement a 17-page draft recommendation by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for reopening America, a senior CDC official confirmed Thursday to CNN.

The guidance provided more detailed suggestions beyond reopening guidelines the Trump administration put forth last month, including specific suggestions for schools, communities of faith, restaurants and bars, mass transit and employers with vulnerable workers.

In the meantime, another 3.2 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week, the Department of Labor said Thursday, further highlighting the virus’s impact on the economy. That brings the total number of first-time filings since mid-March to 33.5 million.

States have not met criteria for reopening, expert says

More than 40 states are partially reopening and lifting stay-at-home restrictions. But none of them have met the White House’s guidelines on reopening, according to epidemiologist Caitlin Rivers, a senior scholar and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who spoke before a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday.

“The first is to see the number of new cases decline for at least two weeks, and some states have met that criteria,” Rivers said. “But there are three other criteria and we suggest they should all be met.”

They include having enough resources to conduct contact tracing on new cases, enough diagnostic testing to test everybody with Covid-like symptoms and “enough health care system capacity to treat everyone safely.”

And with states reopening, it could be weeks before we understand the full impact of loosening restrictions.

Here’s where all 50 states stand on reopening

California Gov. Gavin Newsom previously outlined a phased reopening of the state and said he was lifting restrictions based on six key factors, including the stability of hospitalizations, inventory of personal protective equipment, hospital surge capacity, testing capacity, tracing capacity and the ability to reintroduce restrictions if necessary.

Personal care businesses such as salons and gyms will not reopen until later, officials said Thursday, with the governor saying California’s first case of community spread occurred in a nail salon.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that outdoor dining will be allowed to begin May 15, with dine-in services able to resume beginning May 21. Restaurants will need to adhere to social distancing guidelines and employees will need to wear masks.

Personal services such as hair salons, barber shops, spas and nail salons will also be able to open beginning May 15 with some guidelines, like workers wearing masks and clients waiting in their cars until their appointment.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo confirmed her statewide stay-at-home order will expire Friday and the state will start the first phase for reopening.

Several industries can reopen if they comply with additional rules such as frequent cleaning, reduced capacity and employee screening, including retail stores. Restaurants will still be limited to delivery and takeout, but outdoor dining could eventually be allowed.

Movie theaters, bowling alleys, museums, gyms, salons and barber shops will remain closed, the governor said. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities will also remain closed to visitors.

“This is not the time for social gatherings,” Raimondo said. “The economic devastation in this state and every state around this country is untenable. So I am focused like a laser on work, getting people enabled to work.”

Vaccine approved for phase 2 trial

There are more than 100 vaccines under development across the globe, according to the World Health Organization.

The first phrase of a vaccine trial determines whether it is safe, Mulligan said, and typically takes three to four months.

“That’s actually the most important first question, and then we want to know if it’s tolerated well and if it produces an antibody response that might be protective after those first three or four months,” he said.

“You go on to the question: Does it protect? And that’ll take several months as well,” he added. “I do really think we’re talking about getting through to the end of the year and into early next year before we would have a definitive answer.”

Moderna’s candidate was the first US vaccine to start clinical trials in the United States after receiving a green light from the FDA in early March.

Phase 2 of Moderna’s study will include 600 participants, the company said, up from the 45 volunteers in phase 1. Participants older than 55 will be enrolled in phase 2, Moderna said.

Vaccine clinical trials involve three phases, per the CDC. The first examines safety, while the second expands the number of participants. In the third phase, the vaccine is given to even more people and tested for effectiveness.

Moderna — which has never brought a product to market — is now finalizing the protocol for the study’s phase 3, which could begin in early summer, the company said in a news release.

In an investor call Thursday morning, Moderna said the first batches of the vaccine are expected to be manufactured in July, with a goal of manufacturing up to 1 billion doses a year.

At least one other vaccine by another maker is in phase 2, and several others are doing simultaneous phase 1 and phase 2 trials.

White House rejects CDC reopening guidelines

Concerns over the President’s possible exposure to the coronavirus resurfaced Thursday after CNN learned a member of the US Navy who serves as one of the President’s personal valets tested positive for the virus.

Valets are members of an elite military unit dedicated to the White House and often work close to the President and the first family. A source told CNN that President Trump was subsequently tested again for the coronavrius by the White House physician.

The President and the vice president tested negative, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

Meanwhile, it became clear the White House will not implement the CDC’s recommendations, even after the agency asked for them, the senior CDC official told CNN Wednesday night.

The White House’s decision to not use the guidance was first reported by The Associated Press.

Trump’s guidelines for reopening “made clear that each state should open up in a safe and responsible way based on the data and response efforts in those individual states,” an official with the White House Coronavirus Task Force told CNN.

States that implemented shutdowns have seen plateaus or slower declines than expected in the number of coronavirus cases, particularly compared with other countries where stricter social distancing measures and shutdowns cut down cases faster, per data from Johns Hopkins.

“We’re seeing it gradually decline. We’d like to see a steeper, faster, decline, but this is where we are,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, expressing his own frustration. “It’s a painfully slow decline, but it’s better than the numbers going the other way.”

The slower declines illustrate the weaknesses in America’s social distancing measures, which have been hindered by exceptions in stay-home orders, a haphazard federal response and struggles with testing, contact tracing and quarantines.

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Senate Democratic Candidates Refuse To Acknowledge Sexual Assault Allegations Against Joe Biden

2020 Democratic candidates running for Senate have refused to acknowledge the sexual assault allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden that were brought forward by a former staffer.

The Daily Caller contacted several Democrats running for Senate in key races, asking them if they would even consider the allegations by Biden’s accuser, Tara Reade, who accused the then-senator of kissing her, touching her and penetrating her with his fingers without her consent in 1993. Each candidate’s press offices were given over 48 hours to respond and many were contacted multiple times but not one responded.

Most of the candidates endorsed Biden early, but the majority have not yet commented on the allegations against the 2020 presidential candidate.

Here Are All The Senate Democratic Candidates Who Have Refused To Acknowledge The Alleged Assault:

  • Sara Gideon
  • Amy McGrath
  • Doug Jones
  • Gary Peters
  • Theresa Greenfield
  • John Hickenlooper
  • Steve Bullock

Senator Gary Peters, a Democrat from Michigan and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, makes an opening statement during a hearing on migration at the United States southern border in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Many of the Democratic Senate candidates were vocal defenders of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Gideon, who is running against Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, tweeted her support for Ford in September of 2017, saying “One year ago today. Thank you Dr. Ford for your bravery. #BelieveWomen.” However, she has not commented on Reade’s allegations.

Gideon also has fundraised off of judicial confirmations, saying in a May 4 email that, “Mitch McConnell just reconvened the Senate — but not to pass legislation that will actually help American families. He did it so he can get the Senate to confirm more of Trump’s judicial nominees,” adding, “Fight back with a $3 contribution to help us win in Maine and take back the U.S. Senate for Democrats.”

In another email blast, Gideon’s campaign fundraised off Kavanaugh, by saying “When Senator Collins cast a critical vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, she justified her decision by saying Kavanaugh would respect precedent on Roe. We knew that a woman’s right to choose was at risk, and now, it’s even clearer.” (RELATED: National Archives Debunks Biden’s Claim, Says Senate Docs Related To Tara Reade Are Kept Elsewhere)

The email concluded by saying, “Can you make a $3 contribution to Sara Gideon’s campaign to defeat Susan Collins? She needs your help in what will be a very difficult and close election. While Brett Kavanaugh’s wealthy backers hold huge fundraisers for Susan Collins, it’s up to us — all of us — to fight back. That is why your contribution is so important.” Yet, she has not commented on the allegations against Biden.

Peters, who voted against Kavanaugh’s confirmation and has been silent on Biden’s allegations, endorsed the former Vice President on April 15, saying “Throughout this primary, I’ve said that the Democratic nominee needs to put Michigan and the issues that matter to our state first. I’m supporting @Joe Biden because I believe he’s the person to do just that. More than ever, we need a steady leader to bring us together and find common ground. Joe has always been there for Michigan — he helped us through the auto rescue and guided us through the financial crisis. He’s shown that he’ll be a champion for Michigan’s families and workers.”

Jones also declared his opposition to Kavanaugh due to the allegations brought forward by Ford.

“The Kavanaugh nomination process has been flawed from the beginning and incomplete at the end. Dr. Ford was credible and courageous and I am concerned about the message our vote will be sending to our sons and daughters, as well as victims of sexual assault. I will be voting no.,” he said in September 2018 on Twitter.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on March 2, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

In July of 2019, McGrath changed her position on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, saying “I was asked earlier today about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and I answered based upon his qualifications to be on the Supreme Court. But upon further reflection and further understanding of his record, I would have voted no,” in a tweet.

Mcgrath previously said: “I was worried when Kavanaugh was nominated because I felt like his stances on unions and women’s reproductive rights and some of those things were pretty far out of the mainstream,” she told Insider Louisville. “At the same time, there wasn’t anything that disqualified Judge Kavanaugh from becoming a Supreme Court justice. So that’s where I stood. I mean, I didn’t have to make a vote one way or the other, but there was nothing to disqualify Judge Kavanaugh.” But after backlash she changed her position.

Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Mark Kelly, who is expected to be in a tight race, said Wednesday that he stands by his endorsement of Biden despite the allegations saying, “I think (Biden) has the right experience and has the leadership ability, what our country needs right now,” in an appearance on a radio interview on KTAR News.

The Daily Caller contacted several former Senate staffers about the silence from Democrats. Most referenced the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and the double standard between Kavanaugh’s accusers and Biden’s.

“One of the most important aspects of a Senator’s job is vetting the President’s lifetime appointments to the federal bench. Democrats running for Senate should make clear to voters how they would’ve voted on Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination,” Garrett Ventry, a former senior communications adviser to the Senate Judiciary Committee told the Daily Caller. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Senators Who Condemned Kavanaugh Refused To Denounce Fairfax)

Mike Davis, the president of Article III Project, told the Daily Caller that “the Democrats running for the Senate who opposed Justice Kavanaugh over bogus allegations of sexual assault need to explain their current support of Joe Biden. Will they hold Biden to the same standard and oppose him, or will they apologize to Justice Kavanaugh?,” Mike Davis, the president of Article III Project, when asked about the silence. (RELATED: Senate Democrats Refuse To Acknowledge Sexual Assault Accusations Against Joe Biden)

Biden has continued to deny the allegations even though at least six people have corroborated details of Reade’s allegations of sexual assault.

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Barr Humiliates Himself By Dropping Criminal Case Against Mike Flynn

Trump’s former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn pled guilty to lying to FBI, but Attorney General Barr has dropped the criminal case against him.

The DOJ is dropping the criminal case against Mike Flynn:

All of the establishment people who vouched for William Barr and said that he was institutionalist who would put the Department of Justice first look like idiots now.

Barr is nothing more than Trump’s DOJ manservant. Barr should be humiliated by the dismissal of the criminal case against Flynn after Flynn pled guilty to the charges.

The country is fighting a pandemic and through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but Donald Trump and his lackey attorney general are trying to make the Russia scandal go away. Gen. Flynn lied to the FBI and admitted it in court.

Any other attorney general would have taken the conviction, but not Barr.
William Barr is a disgrace to the Department of Justice and an embarrassment to the concept of justice in the United States of America.

The Attorney General needs to be investigated, with an eye towards impeachment before even more damage can be done.

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Senior rebel commander killed in Yemen amid fierce battles

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A senior Yemeni rebel commander was killed on Thursday, the Shiite rebels announced as fierce battles with government forces intensified along the front lines in the country’s central provinces.

The slain rebels’ special forces commander, Mohamed Abdel Karim al-Hamran, enjoyed close ties to the top Houthi leader, Abdul Malek al-Houthi. He was the most high-ranking commander killed this year, part of an elite brigade trained by militants from the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Al-Hamran was killed in clashes between the central provinces of Marib and Bayda, which have been the epicenter of recent fighting, said Yemeni security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity under regulations.

Warplanes with the Saudi-led coalition supporting the Yemeni government forces bombed Houthi targets across the provinces, setting military convoys ablaze. Dozens were killed and wounded on both sides, the officials added.

The rebel military spokesman Yehia Sarea accused their adversaries of launching 11 ground assaults across the front lines in Marib and Bayda, and unleashing 110 airstrikes, including on the rebel-held capital of Sanaa.

Yemen’s conflict, now grinding into its sixth year, shows no signs of abating despite the grave threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic and the unilateral cease-fire announced by Saudi Arabia last month.

Separately, a recent declaration of self-rule by Yemen’s southern separatists — who had been nominal allies with government forces in the fight against the Houthis — has thrown fuel on the increasingly divisive conflict, which has killed over 100,000 people and generated the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Meanwhile, aid workers warn of devastation as Yemen’s coronavirus case count rises. Although testing is extremely limited, the country’s internationally recognized government has detected 25 infections, including five deaths, across multiple provinces — a sign that community transmission has taken off. The Houthis have reported just one fatality caused by COVID-19 in their territories, prompting speculation about the scale of the outbreak.

The Trump administration this week announced $225 million in emergency aid to the World Food Program, which was forced to scale back its work in northern Yemen after donors cut funding because of long-standing Houthi obstruction. It said the boost would allow the WFP to reach some 8 million hungry people throughout the country. More than 22 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in Yemen, according to the U.N., and hundreds of thousands of children suffer from malnutrition.

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Failing to Override a Veto, Senate Falls Short of Curbing Trump’s Iran War Powers

WASHINGTON — The Senate failed on Thursday to overturn President Trump’s veto of a resolution seeking to block him from taking further military action against Iran without explicit approval from Congress, falling short in its latest effort to curtail his unilateral moves on matters of war and peace.

The unsuccessful override attempt, the second in two years aimed at limiting Mr. Trump’s war-making powers, was defeated on a 49-to-44 vote, a margin well below the constitutionally required two-thirds majority that would have been needed to enact the measure over his veto. But the bipartisan support for doing so underscored lawmakers’ deep skepticism about the president’s penchant for defying Congress on military matters and his expansive authority to wage war without consulting a coequal branch of government.

Seven Republicans joined Democrats to support the measure.

“Congress needed to stand up in a bipartisan way to make plain that this president should not get into a war with Iran, or any war, without a vote of Congress,” said Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia and the sponsor of the measure. “Congress has expressed what is the popular will.”

Mr. Kaine introduced the resolution after the president ordered a strike against Iran’s top security commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a provocation that brought the United States to the brink of war with Iran and unleashed a bitter dispute in Congress. Lawmakers were furious at the White House’s failure to confer with them before the strike, as well as a classified document notifying them of the move that provided no information on future threats or an imminent attack — the justification the president initially cited for the strike in the first in a series of shifting explanations.

Mr. Trump vetoed the measure on Wednesday evening and used his formal veto message to frame the legislation as a personal affront, calling it “a very insulting attack, introduced by Democrats as part of a strategy to win an election on November 3 by dividing the Republican Party.”

“We live in a hostile world of evolving threats, and the Constitution recognizes that the president must be able to anticipate our adversaries’ next moves and take swift and decisive action in response,” Mr. Trump said. “That’s what I did!”

Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, on Thursday praised the strike as sending a strong message to Iran.

“We must maintain the measure of deterrence we restored with the decisive strike on Suleimani,” Mr. McConnell said. “That starts today with upholding the president’s rightful veto of a misguided war powers resolution.”

The Pentagon has begun gradually reducing the military forces sent to the Middle East in the wake of the Jan. 3 strike on General Suleimani after anticipating either more retaliatory strikes directed by Tehran or a surge in attacks by Iranian proxy forces.

Two Patriot missile batteries, weapons designed to down enemy aircraft and incoming ballistic missiles, were withdrawn from Saudi Arabia and two were pulled out of Iraq, according to a U.S. official. Four batteries still remain in the region.

Two fighter squadrons have also returned to the United States, along with hundreds of soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division. The Wall Street Journal first reported the developments.

In the Senate, Republicans were initially resistant to back Mr. Kaine’s resolution, but a small group eventually supported it after growing angry about the administration’s apparent disregard for lawmakers’ input and an attitude among top officials that suggested that raising questions about the Suleimani strike amounted to emboldening Iran.

A small group of Republicans have crossed party lines in recent years to join Democrats in trying to curb the president’s war powers, arguing that Congress must reclaim its authority as the branch of government empowered to make war. But legislative remedies have failed to garner the support necessary to survive a veto.

A measure similar to Mr. Kaine’s, passed by the Democratic-led House, was voted down in the Senate last year after lawmakers were spooked by the president’s admission that he had called off a military strike against Iran.

While some U.S. officials have determined that the threat from Iran has diminished in recent weeks enough to pull back some American forces, others are not so sure.

Since last May, in response to Iranian attacks and provocations, the Pentagon had deployed about 14,000 additional troops to the Persian Gulf region, including roughly 3,500 more to Saudi Arabia. The military assets include early-warning aircraft, maritime patrol planes, Patriot air and missile defense batteries, B-52 bombers, a carrier strike group, armed Reaper drones, and other engineering and support personnel.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff contributed reporting.