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President Trump tweeted Tuesday that he wants to interview and "learn everything about" the Ukraine whistleblower, despite protections guaranteed under federal law.

"So if the so-called 'Whistleblower' has all second hand information, and almost everything he has said about my 'perfect' call with the Ukrainian President is wrong (much to the embarrassment of Pelosi & Schiff), why aren’t we entitled to interview & learn everything about the Whistleblower, and also the person who gave all of the false information to him.
"This is simply about a phone conversation that could not have been nicer, warmer, or better. No pressure at all (as confirmed by Ukrainian Pres.). It is just another Democrat Hoax!"

The big picture: The Whistleblower Protection Act ensures that officials in the intelligence community can flag wrongdoing without compromising classified information or their identity. If filed using proper channels, the whistleblower receives legal protection and cannot be fired for filing a claim.

  • Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire told the House Intelligence Committee last week that the Ukraine whistleblower "did the right thing" and "followed the law every step of the way."

Reality check: Trump's statements that the whistleblower complaint is "all second hand information" and "simply about a phone conversation" are also incorrect, repeating his misleading claims from earlier this week.

  • The July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky only encompasses one of four sections of the whistleblower's complaint.
  • The complaint is transparent in its sourcing, and its section about the call is sourced to "multiple White House officials with direct knowledge of the call."
  • The complaint's 3 major allegations about the call were verified by the White House's release of the memo summarizing it.

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Facebook's independent Oversight Board published its first set of decisions Thursday, overturning 4 of the 5 cases it chose to review out of 20,000 cases submitted.

Why it matters: The decision to go against Facebook's conclusions in 4 out of 5 instances gives legitimacy to the Board, which is funded via a $130 million grant from Facebook.

New York AG: State severely undercounted COVID nursing home deaths

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Data from New York's public health department undercounted COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%, according to a report released Thursday by state Attorney General Letitia James.

The big picture: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration did not include nursing home patients who died after being transferred to the hospital in its tally of over 8,500 nursing home deaths, according to the report. Data provided to the attorney general's office from 62 nursing homes "shows a significantly higher number of resident COVID-19 deaths can be identified than is reflected" in the official count.

Trading platforms curb trading on high-flying Reddit stocks

Major trading platforms including Robinhood, TDAmeritrade and Interactive Brokers are restricting — or cutting off entirely — trading on high-flying stocks like GameStop and AMC Entertainment.

Why it matters: It limits access to the traders that have contributed to the wild Reddit-driven activity of the past few days — a phenomenon that has gripped Wall Street and the country.

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