Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)

Trump calls Russia probes "bullshit" at CPAC 2019

In this image, President Trump stands on stage behind two bright lights.
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President Trump called the Justice Department's Russia investigation "a phony witch hunt" at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, suggesting the probes are "trying to take me out with bullshit."

The big picture: Trump's comments come as Democrats ramp up their probes and the Mueller investigation is reportedly winding down. The investigation has already resulted in 199 criminal charges, 37 indictments or guilty pleas and 4 prison sentences.

Facebook pulls VR shooting game out of "respect" for Parkland victims

Facebook's booth at CPAC.
The Facebook Help Desk at CPAC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Facebook has shut down a demo of a virtual reality shooting game in its booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference out of "respect for the victims" of the Florida school shooting, BBC's Dave Lee reports.

Why it matters: Per Mashable, Facebook has been criticized "for its role in spreading conspiracy theories about the Parkland shooting." The demo was of the game Bullet Train, which "lets players use an imaginary gun to pretend shoot people in a train station," per Mashable.