Feb 14, 2018

Trey Gowdy: House Oversight has launched Porter investigation

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). Photo: Zach Gibson / Getty Image

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told CNN Wednesday that the House Oversight Committee launched an investigation last night into the Trump administration's handling of the domestic abuse allegations against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.

“You can call it official. You can call it unofficial. I'm going to direct questions to the FBI that I expect them to answer. And if they don't answer them, then they're going to need to give me a really good reason.”
— Gowdy on "New Day" CNN

Why it matters: The White House has been in hot water for their handling of Porter's exit — specifically what they knew and when. Yesterday, FBI Director Christopher Wray contradicted the White House, which still can't get it's story straight, on the Porter timeline. Now Congress is taking the matter into its own hands.

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Obama on George Floyd's death: "This shouldn't be 'normal'"

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Former President Obama said in a statement Friday that the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer, "shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America."

What he's saying: "[W]e have to remember that for millions of Americans being treated differently on account of race is tragically, painfully, maddeningly 'normal' — whether it’s while dealing with the health care system, or interacting with the criminal justice system, or jogging down the street, or watching birds in a park."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 5,850,258 — Total deaths: 361,249 — Total recoveries — 2,444,898Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 1,724,873 — Total deaths: 101,698 — Total recoveries: 399,991 — Total tested: 15,646,041Map.
  3. Public health: Hydroxychloroquine prescription fills exploded in March —How the U.S. might distribute a vaccine.
  4. Business: Many poor and minority families can't afford food or rent.
  5. 2020: Trump courts Asian American vote amid coronavirus.
  6. ⚽️ Sports: European soccer's push to return.

Trump's big, empty beef with Twitter

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President Trump finally acted on his now year-old threat to take action against social media platforms for alleged bias against conservatives. But so far, according to experts in both government and the industry, the threat looks mostly empty.

Driving the news: Trump escalated his war on Twitter Friday morning, tweeting repeatedly that the company needs to be regulated after it overnight added a warning label to a tweet of his calling for the military to start shooting looters, which violated Twitter’s rules against glorifying violence.