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President Trump during a rally in Reading, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

President Trump defended his supporters Sunday night after the FBI opened an investigation into claims that some of his fans tried to run a Biden-Harris campaign bus off the road in Texas.

Driving the news: Trump responded to the FBI's statement that it's "aware of the incident and investigating" by tweeting "these patriots did nothing wrong."

  • The president added "the FBI & Justice should be investigating the terrorists, anarchists, and agitators of ANTIFA," whom he accused of burning down our Democrat run cities and hurting our people!"

Of note: An October AP review of thousands of pages of court documents related to arrests made during unrest over last summer's protests found one apparent mention of antifa, the umbrella term for leftist militant groups, relating to a Boston investigation.

The big picture: Video footage shows a caravan of Trump supporters in Texas surrounding the bus on Interstate 35 on Friday.

  • Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris was campaigning in the state, but she was not on the bus at the time.

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Nov 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.

7 hours ago - World

Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

Photo: Fars News Agency via AP

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

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