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Protests erupt over Pence's invitation to speak at university commencement

Vice President Mike Pence.
Vice President Mike Pence. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

More than 5,900 people — many of whom are alumni and current students — have signed a petition urging Taylor University, an evangelical school in rural Indiana, to rescind its invitation for Vice President Mike Pence to deliver the commencement address next month, reports the Washington Post.

"Inviting Vice President Pence to Taylor University and giving him a coveted platform for his political views makes our alumni, faculty, staff and current students complicit in the Trump-Pence Administration's policies, which we believe are not consistent with the Christian ethic of love we hold dear."
— the petition’s author, Alex Hoekstra, who graduated from Taylor in 2007, wrote

Timeline: The major developments in the college admissions scandal

Lori Loughlin. Photo: Boston Globe/Getty Images

In what Department of Justice prosecutors are calling the biggest admissions scam in U.S. history, at least 50 people allegedly bribed coaches and paid for forged standardized tests in a conspiracy to get their children admitted to elite American colleges.

Details: To date, 50 people — from business leaders to celebrities like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman and athletic coaches — have been charged in the alleged scheme, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.

Trump reacts to Mueller report release: "I chose not to" end investigation

In one of his first tweets after the release of the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report Thursday, President Trump said that he "had the right to end" the investigation, which he called a "whole Witch Hunt," but "chose not to."

"I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!"

The state of play: Mueller's report didn't state that Trump obstructed the investigations against him — though it laid out 10 potential episodes of obstruction of justice and explicitly did not exonerate him.

Go deeper: 7 takeaways from the Mueller report