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Trump Says There Is Nothing I Would Rather Do Than Get Rid of My Whole Twitter Account

Upon announcing an executive order on preventing online censorship on Thursday, President Donald Trump was asked why he would not simply walk away from Twitter given his concerns over the social media platform. Trump responded that he would leave his Twitter account “in a heartbeat” if there were not “so much fake news,” and further explained to reporters why he continues to have a social media presence. “Mr. President, given your concern with Twitter, have you given any consideration to deleting your account, to just walking away from this platform youve been so critical of?” a reporter asked Trump. “Well, you know, if you werent fake, I would not even think about it. I would do that in a heartbeat,” the president responded. “Im real, sir,” the reporter responded. “But the news—the news is fake. If you look at what gets printed in newspapers, if only the public could understand where theyre reading a story and they think its real, and its not real in so many cases,” Trump added. ..

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US Bill to Pressure China Over Uyghur Rights Goes to Trump for Decision

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on May 27 calling for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for oppression of Uyghur Muslims, sending the bill to the White House for President Donald Trump to veto or sign into law. The tally was 413-1. The near-unanimous support in Congress—the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent—puts pressure on Trump to impose human rights sanctions on China. Although Trumps fellow Republicans in Congress said they expected he would sign the bill, the White House has not yet indicated whether he will do so. Aides did not respond to requests for comment. The bill calls for sanctions against those responsible for repression of Uyghurs and other Muslim groups in Chinas Xinjiang region, where the United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been detained in camps. Police detain a man during a rally in Hong Kong to show support for the Uighur minority in China, Hong Kong, on Dec. 22, 2019...

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Twitter CEO Defends Fact-Checking Trump Ahead of Planned Executive Order

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended placing a so-called fact check on President Donald Trumps post ahead of a planned executive order cracking down on technology companies. “Well continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make,” Dorsey said in a statement. “This does not make us an arbiter of truth. Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.” Twitter didnt place a fact check on anyone on the platform before inserting an analysis on Trumps post. In the missive in question, Trump wrote theres no way that mail-in ballots “will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.” “Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed,” the president said. Twitter added a line of blu..

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Officials Who Raised Red Flags Early in Trump-Russia Probe Were Silenced: Ex-Intelligence Chief

Intelligence officials who made noise about problems with the investigation into Donald Trumps campaign and Russia were silenced or had their warnings ignored, a top former intelligence official said. “In the Russian collusion investigation, early on there were people who raised red flags. And many of those people were silenced or their words classified and put away,” Richard Grenell, who served as acting director of national intelligence (DNI) for several months this year, said Wednesday. What happened is “an outrage” and “we have to fix it,” he added, referring to the growing body of evidence showing malfeasance during the collusion probe. Grenell declassified a number of documents while overseeing the U.S. intelligence community, including a list of people who requested in late 2016 or early 2017 the deanonymizing of retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, Trumps incoming national security adviser. Asked if it was possible that President Barack Obama had no idea of what was going on, Gre..

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Graham Says Good Time for Senior Judges to Step Aside to Ensure Conservative Lean in Judiciary

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday encouraged judges in their mid-to-late 60s to consider taking senior status in order to allow Republicans to fill up the vacancies before the November election. Graham made the comments during a radio interview on the Hugh Hewitt show where he discussed a series of topics including George Floyd, sanctions against the Chinese Communist Party over Hong Kong, and federal judiciary vacancies. “This is an historic opportunity,” Graham told Hewitt. “Weve put over 200 federal judges on the bench. I think one in five federal judges are Trump appointees. If you can get four more years, I mean, it would change the judiciary for several generations.” “So if youre a circuit judge in your mid-60s, late 60s, you can take senior status, now would be a good time to do that if you want to make sure the judiciary is right of center. This is a good time to do it,” he added. Graham was then asked to provide an assurance that the judges successors would be confi..

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Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Political Bias in Social Media Firms

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order to crack down on what he described was censorship by social media sites after Twitter added fact-checking labels to several of his posts. In a signing event, Trump said the action is designed “to defend free speech from one of the greatest dangers” while adding that Twitter, Facebook, and Google have “unchecked power.” The order would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create regulation that could exempt social media websites from protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The order would also prohibit federal agencies from spending advertising dollars on platforms that violate the First Amendment. “We are fed up with it,” Trump said of social media companies enforcing a “viewpoint,” echoing claims from other conservatives that social media firms have an anti-conservative bias and regularly deplatform or censor them. Attorney General William Barr, who was at the signing event alon..

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Trump Administration Sets Aside $10 Billion for Small Businesses in Distressed Communities

The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it is setting aside $10 billion of additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding so that small business owners in all communities have access to needed capital to keep American workers employed. The Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration (SBA) said in a joint news release that the funds, which are being supplied in a second funding round under the PPP scheme, will be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities. “The forgivable loan program, PPP, is dedicated to providing emergency capital to sustain our nations small businesses, the drivers of our economy, and retain their employees,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “CDFIs provide critically important capital and technical assistance to small businesses from rural, minority, and other underserved communities, especially during this economically challen..

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EXCLUSIVE: Mueller Laid Obstruction of Justice Trap for Trump, Says Former Acting AG Whitaker:

The Russia collusion investigation led by then-FBI Director Robert Mueller was artificially prolonged in the hope that President Donald Trump would move to terminate it and thus be accused of obstruction of justice, according to former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker. Whitaker, who led the Department of Justice (DOJ) between Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 14, 2019, said that, in his opinion, the Mueller team acted inappropriately to create an “obstruction of justice trap” for Trump and his officials. Mueller was appointed by then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 to take over an FBI counterintelligence investigation to determine whether the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the election. By March 2019, Mueller had wrapped it up, saying the probe was unable to establish that any such collusion took place. Mueller, however, already knew this in 2018, Whitaker told Jan Jekielek, host of The Epoch Times “American Thought Leaders” series. Soon after tak..

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House Pulls FISA Bill After Trump Threatens to Veto Legislation

House Democrats announced they will not vote on a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) provisions and enact more reforms to protect civil liberties after President Donald Trump issued a veto threat. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) officially removed the vote on the bill on Thursday after Republicans signaled they would no longer back the measure. “At the request of the Speaker of the House, I am withdrawing consideration of the FISA Act,” Hoyer said in a written statement, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “The two-thirds of the Republican party that voted for this bill in March have indicated they are going to vote against it now. I am told they are doing so at the request of the President. I believe this to be against the security interest of the United States and the safety of the American people.” In a letter to other Democrats, Pelosi said Democrats want to negotiate with the Senate to come to an agreement o..

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Senate Panel to Vote on Subpoena Power in Investigation of Russia Probe

A Senate committee will vote next week on whether to give Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) authority to issue subpoenas for records and testimony relating to Crossfire Hurricane, the FBIs probe of 2016 Russian election interference and the Trump campaign. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs members will vote June 4 in Washington, according to a newly released agenda. If authorized, Johnson, the committees chairman, also will be able to issue subpoenas for information or appearances of individuals relating to the unmasking, or revealing of identities, of U.S. citizens affiliated with Trumps campaign, his transition teams, and the presidents administration. Johnson and ranking member Gary Peters (D-Mich.) didnt immediately respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment. Johnson hasnt said which officials he wants to call to testify. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote at the same time on the same date on authorizing subpoenas for records on the Crossfire Hurricane pro..

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