Feb 5, 2018

Republicans push back on Trump's claim that memo "vindicates" him

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President Donald Trump said suggested that the Nunes memo “totally vindicates ‘Trump’" and shows the Russia probe is a "witch hunt." But at least three Republicans pushed back against that assertion on Sunday, including Rep. Trey Gowdy, who was actively involved with the drafting of the controversial memo that alleged abuse of government surveillance powers.

Why it matters: The three Republicans, all members of the House Intelligence Committee, voted for the released the memo on Friday. They all said the memo should not impact Robert Mueller’s investigation.

What they’re saying:

Rep. Gowdy, the only Republican on the panel who saw the classified intelligence used to write the memo, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the document has has no effect on potential links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Gowdy also said he has complete confidence in FBI Director Wray, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller.

Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah said on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump hadn't been vindicated:

"I think it would be a mistake for anyone to suggest that the special counsel shouldn't complete his work. I support his work. I want him to finish it. I hope he finishes it as quickly as possible. ... The essence of this memo is something quite different ...."

Rep. Will Hurd of Texas on ABCs 'This Week:"

"I would say that DOJ and the FBI should continue doing their job. I don’t believe this is an attack on Bob Mueller. I don’t believe this is an attack on the men and women in the FBI. I’ve served shoulder to shoulder with them and they are hard-working folks that keep us safe."

Go deeper: Between the lines of the Nunes memo.

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George Floyd updates

Protesters gather north of Lafayette Square near the White House during a demonstration against racism and police brutality, in Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have been rallying in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events on Saturday.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct. A memorial service was held for Floyd in Raeford, North Carolina, near where he was born. Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all flags to fly at half-staff to honor him until sunset.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  3. Public health: Why the pandemic is hitting minorities harder — Coronavirus curve rises in FloridaHow racism threatens the response to the pandemic Some people are drinking and inhaling cleaning products in attempt to fight the virus.
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In photos: People around the world rally against racism

Despite a ban on large gatherings implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, protesters rally against racism in front of the American Embassy in Paris on June 6. Photo: Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people have continued to rally in cities across the world against racism and show their support this week for U.S. demonstrators protesting the death in police custody of George Floyd.

Why it matters: The tense situation in the U.S. has brought the discussion of racism and discrimination onto the global stage at a time when most of the world is consumed by the novel coronavirus.