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Trump White House Has ‘Warped Worldview’ That Was Blocking DHS From Combating Domestic Terrorism: Report

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President Trump ‘Has a Problem Criticizing White Supremacy’

The Trump White House was actively preventing the Dept. of Homeland Security from combatting domestic terrorism, including the type of white supremacist violence that led to the deaths of 22 people in a racist act of domestic terrorism in El Paso, Texas over the weekend.

That claim comes in a just-released report from Jake Tapper at CNN, which cites “current and former senior administration officials” and others close to the Trump administration.

“Homeland Security officials battled the White House for more than a year to get them to focus more on domestic terrorism,” one senior source close to the Trump administration told Tapper. “The White House wanted to focus only on the jihadist threat which, while serious, ignored the reality that racial supremacist violence was rising fast here at home. They had major ideological blinders on.”

A senior source told Tapper the Dept. of Homeland Security had to go to great lengths to try to get the Trump White House to pay attention – or at least let them pay attention – to domestic terrorism and white supremacist violence.

One “White House official proposed that the National Counterterrorism Strategy focus radical Islamists and foreign drug dealers, since that would please the President,” Tapper reports.

“But those things don’t go together,” the source recalled. “That was part of the warped worldview they had there.”

In an other truly chilling part of Tapper’s report, he says a “former senior administration official noted that the White House, specifically the President, has a problem criticizing white supremacy, and says he ‘didn’t have expectation they would get behind it’ — the brief mention of domestic terrorism as a threat in the National Counterterrorism Strategy — ‘because the preponderance of it involves white supremacy and that’s not something this administration is comfortable speaking out against, until the other day by the President and even that was pretty hedged.'”

After the President was forced to go on national television to condemn racism in the aftermath of his destructive “both sides” remarks during Charlottesville, reports said Trump was furious he had denounced racism.

That was “the biggest f*cking mistake I’ve made,” Trump reportedly said at the time.

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Supreme Court Blocks House Subpoena for Trump’s Financial Records – for Now

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The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued a temporary stay blocking a House subpoena that would require the release of President Donald Trump’s financial documents. Chief Justice John Roberts issued the order.

The stay is until “further order,” and allows time for both sides to submit arguments, according to Bloomberg News.

Calling it an “indefinite delay,” the Associated Press notes the “hold could last a matter of days or weeks,” if the Court decides to let two lower court rulings in favor of the House stand.

“But the delay could extend for months if the justices decide they need to hear arguments and issue a written opinion,” the AP adds.

Responses from both sides are due Thursday, according to this document posted by Axios:

 

 

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House Investigating if Trump Lied to Mueller

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The U.S. House of Representatives is investigating if President Donald Trump lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his 22-month long Russia probe.

The Washington Post reports the attorney for the House revealed the existence of the investigation to a panel of judges. The House is arguing that it must be allowed to see secret grand-jury materials from Mueller’s investigation. The Dept. of Justice has been blocking that request after a lower court ordered the materials handed over to Congress.

The New York Times adds that the investigation is focused on the written answers Trump submitted to questions from the Special Counsel.

It is a crime to lie to the FBI or the DOJ.

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Three People Dead in Shooting at Oklahoma Walmart

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Three people were shot to death at a Duncan, Oklahoma Walmart, according to KOCO 5 News.

The Duncan Banner reports police have confirmed the shooting suspect is dead. It is currently unclear if they are included in the death toll.

A mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas left 20 people dead and dozens injured. It led the company in September to ask customers to cease open-carry of guns and announce it would stop the sale of many types of ammunition.

Just days later Walgreens and CVS pharmacies, and Kroger and Wegmans supermarkets announced they too were asking customers to no longer enter their stores openly-carrying guns.

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