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The truck driver who drove through a large crowd protesting George Floyd's death last year will have his criminal charges dropped if he is law-abiding for the next year, AP reports.

Catch up quick: Authorities had closed off the highway area as a precaution, but video footage showed Bogdan Vechirko honking and driving his tanker rig through the protest, which numbered in the hundreds.

  • Vechirko's actions caused at least one person to suffer abrasions as she tried to jump out of the way, per the criminal complaint. No one was seriously injured, though numerous people told investigators they thought they were going to be struck or killed.
  • He was charged with one felony count of making threats of violence and one gross misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular operation.

The state of play: Prosecutors allege that Vechirko was in a rush returning from a fuel delivery in Minneapolis and meant to "scare protesters."

  • He has entered a "continuance without prosecution" agreement with Hennepin County prosecutors, which will require him to stay law-abiding for a year, pay restitution and attend three sentencing circles.
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Why it matters: Speaker Nancy Pelosi has vetoed two of the five Republicans McCarthy named to the panel, citing their vote against the certification of the 2020 election. McCarthy has since threatened to launch a parallel GOP investigation if she does not allow his picks.

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Why it matters: Biden is close to shifting the U.S. military mission in Iraq to a fully advisory role more than 18 years after combat troops were sent to the country under the former President George W. Bush.

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