May 7, 2018

Carter Page: Senate Intel Committee was literal torture

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Former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page tweeted that the Senate Intelligence Committee "should consider their own Witch Hunt tactics before harassing others this week" as it weighs the appointment of CIA Gina Haspel who once oversaw a black site — and Page told Axios that the comparison to torture wasn't purely hyperbole.

What he's saying: "Read the definition in [the U.N. Convention against Torture] ... if you had the full details of what they put me through you would probably understand," Page told Axios via email.

  • He also included a 105-word clip of Article One of the Convention against Torture defining the practice as "severe pain or suffering" in service of obtaining information or punishment. Page highlighted all but five words from the passage.

Where he's coming from: Page says his torture from the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russia probe goes beyond the committee's subpoena use. Though he did not outline any specific abuses, Page has complained in the past about a FISA warrant issued under the theory he might be used as a Russian agent.

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Tanker truck appears to plow into Minneapolis protesters

A tanker truck appears to have driven toward thousands of protesters during a demonstration in Minneapolis, video from the scene shows.

Details: Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted, "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck."

  • The incident happened as protesters gathered at the Interstate 35W Bridge across the Mississippi River just before 6 p.m. on Sunday, per CBS Minnesota.
  • Gov. Tim Walz had "ordered highways and interstates to start closing at 5 p.m.," according to the Star Tribune.

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

Inside Trump's antifa tweet

President Trump at Cape Canaveral on May 30. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

As recently as Saturday night, senior administration officials told me that the designation of a violent cohort of far-left activists, antifa, as a terrorist organization was not being seriously discussed at the White House. But that was Saturday.

Behind the scenes: The situation changed dramatically a few hours later, after prominent conservative allies of the president, such as his friend media commentator Dan Bongino, publicly urged a tough response against people associated with antifa (short for "anti-fascist").

U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

A protest in Philadelphia on May 31. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Protests continued across the country for the sixth day in a row on Sunday, as demonstrators called for justice in response to the deaths of George Floyd, EMT Breonna Taylor, jogger Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black Americans who have suffered at the hands of racism and police brutality.

What's happening: Protestors in D.C. broke one police barricade outside the White House on Sunday evening after reportedly demonstrating for several hours. The atmosphere was still largely peaceful as of 6pm ET.