May 10, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump tweets more than 50 times about Russia probe amid new revelations

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Between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, President Trump tweeted or retweeted more than 50 times about the investigations by the FBI and the House Intelligence Committee into his campaign's alleged ties to Russia.

Why it matters: The tweetstorm shows the degree to which Trump is still consumed by what he believes to be an illegal attempt to end his presidency by Democrats and intelligence officials from the Obama administration.

  • Trump is currently facing pressure from many conservative allies to fire FBI director Christopher Wray due to the bureau's handling of its investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
  • Trump told "Fox & Friends" during a Friday phone-in that "the jury's still out" on Wray and that he wants Attorney General Bill Barr — who has faced accusations of politicizing the Justice Department — to "handle it."

Driving the news: Many of Trump's tweets were about the Justice Department's decision last week to drop charges against Flynn, a move that many conservatives have used to bolster theories that the Russia probe was a political hit job.

  • The rest were largely about the release of 57 transcripts on Thursday from the House Intelligence Committee's 2017 and 2018 Russia investigation, which have provided new fuel for "unhealed partisan divisions," as CBS News notes.
  • Among the dozens of tweets that Trump retweeted is one by Fox News host Shannon Bream that reads: "If you're still catching your breath from today, I'm told next week will involve "a bombshell". I'm standing by ..."

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Increased armed presence planned for D.C. tonight

Demonstrators stand around a fire during a protest near the White House in response to the killing of George Floyd. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Government officials say plans are in place for a significantly heavier armed presence on the streets of Washington, D.C. tonight in response to the increasingly violent protests linked to the death of George Floyd.

What we're hearing: "Tonight you will see increased presence, both police...other agencies, and National Guard presence," a source familiar with the government's plans said.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 6,226,408 — Total deaths: 373,973 — Total recoveries — 2,672,161Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 1,799,747 — Total deaths: 104,702 — Total recoveries: 444,758 — Total tested: 16,936,891Map.
  3. Public health: Nearly 26,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes have been reported to federal health officials —Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country.
  4. Federal government: Trump lashes out at governors, calls for National Guard to "dominate" streets.
  5. World: Former FDA commissioner says "this is not the time" to cut ties with WHO.
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New York City to impose curfew amid ongoing protests

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New York City will be placed under curfew on Monday from 11pm until 5am Tuesday morning following days of protests over the death of George Floyd, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

The big picture: Demonstrations in New York, like in cities across the country, turned violent over the weekend as protesters clashed with police late into the night. The number of police officers on the streets of New York will double from 4,000 to 8,000.