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US Military Prepared to Move Ukraine Witness Lt. Col. Vindman and His Family to Army Base Over Safety Concerns

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Amid Attacks from President Trump And Republicans

The U.S Army is prepared to move Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the White House’s National Security Council expert on Ukraine, and his family to an Army base if it is determined they are in physical danger. Lt. Col. Vindman has been threatened by President Donald Trump, who publicly accused him of being a “Never Trumper,” and promised to provide evidence which he has not.

The president in early November promised reporters evidence: “We’ll be showing that to you real soon, OK?”

None has been presented and there is no reason to believe any exists.

Vindman has testified before the House and kicks off this week’s open hearings Tuesday morning.

“The U.S. Army is prepared to move Col. Vindman and his family onto a military base in the area to ensure their security if it is determined that they are in physical danger,” The Wall Street Journal reports.

“Several Republicans have suggested in media interviews that Col. Vindman has divided loyalties because he was born in Ukraine. Col. Vindman, an Iraq war veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart, migrated to the U.S. with his family when he was young,” the Journal adds.

“The Army will make sure he’s safe, and the Army is actively supporting any safety needs as deemed necessary,” an official said. “It’s hard that he has been catapulted into the public eye. He served his country honorably for 20 years, and you can imagine this is a tough situation for him and his family.”

A graduate of Binghamton, Cornell, and Harvard, Vindman, 44,  has served in the U.S. Military for 20 years. He has been awarded at least ten military decorations, including the Purple Heart.

Vindman, who serves as the Director for European Affairs for the National Security Council, was on the infamous July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine during which Trump engaged in an extortion and bribery scheme. The goal: to have Ukraine publicly announce an investigation ointo Joe Biden, Trump’s top political opponent, and to have Ukraine manufacture false evidence of Biden’s supposed corruption. Again, there is no reason to believe any exists.

 

 

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Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale Hospitalized After SWAT Team Finds Him Armed and Threatening Self-Harm: Reports

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Brad Parscale, President Donald Trump’s former and recently demoted campaign manager, has been hospitalized after he was found armed and threatening self harm, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Parscale’s wife called police to say that he “had guns and was threatening to harm himself, Fort Lauderdale police said Sunday night.”

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told the paper he received a text “saying that there was a SWAT team standoff at Parscale’s home.”

“It was indicated to me that he had weapons,” Trantalis said.

“Politics aside, this fellow obviously suffers from emotional distress,” said Trantalis also said. ” … I’m glad he didn’t do any harm to himself or others I commend our SWAT team for being able to negotiate a peaceful ending to this.”

Local10.com offers additional details, including that he “had access to multiple firearms” and had barricaded himself inside the home.

“Fort Lauderdale Police responded to a home in reference to an armed male attempting suicide Sunday afternoon. When officers arrived on the scene, they made contact with the wife of the man who told them her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the house and was threatening to harm himself. She had placed the 911 call, according to police.”

The story is being confirmed by ABC News and other outlets.

After losing his job as Trump’s campaign manager in July Parscale had posted this tweet:

 

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The 9 Discarded Ballots Were Tossed Because Republicans Won Their Lawsuit Requiring Them to Not Be Counted: Report

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Major news is coming in over the “case” of the nine “discarded” ballots from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania that President Donald Trump revealed to Fox News Radio on Thursday.

Here’s what appears to have happened, and we’re going to bullet point this so it’s easy to follow.

  • The ballots were discarded by a temporary, or “contract” worker assigned to sort the mail who appears to have been following direction.
  • The ballots were military ballots, not absentee or other by-mail ballots.
  • The county immediately reported what happened to federal officials, who appear to have immediately politicized the issue.
  • “Because these ballots were returned in envelopes similar to absentee ballot requests, elections officials opened them,” The Washington Post reports. “If the ballots weren’t then enclosed in another envelope which shielded the actual vote being cast, they may have been considered ‘naked ballots,’ a term used to describe mail ballots returned without the voter’s intent being protected.
  • The Trump campaign and the Pennsylvania GOP in a lawsuit argued that “naked ballots” should not be counted. They won that lawsuit. These nine ballots appear to be “naked ballots,” and that appears to be the reason they were thrown out.

Here’s how MSNBC’s Chris Hayes sums it up: It’s the GOP’s fault.

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  • The contract worker has been told to not return.
  • Buzzfeed adds it appears the DOJ violated its own policy by issuing a press release about the “discarded” ballots, and even worse, suggesting this is a case of election fraud, and even worse than that, suggesting one candidate over another was favored.
  • MSNBC adds that county officials were not aware of who the ballots were for until the DOJ’s press release was issued.
  • Attorney General Bill Barr personally briefed President Trump about the discarded ballots. Trump and his White House press secretary then politicized the event.
  • The county elections supervisor was exceedingly thorough. “Garbage from the Elections Bureau from September 14 through September 16, the time the independent contractor was on County property, was put in a dumpster and secured by County staff,” a local Pennsylvania news report states. “The trash was then searched by the FBI, the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police and county staff. All contents relating to the matter were taken by the FBI.”
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Grand Jury Announces Charges Against Only One Louisville Officer – But None in Killing of Breonna Taylor

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A grand jury has announced criminal charges against a single Louisville, Kentucky police officer, but no charges in the March 13 killing of Breonna Taylor. The charges are against former officer Brett Hankison and include wanton endangerment, unrelated to Taylor’s killing. No homicide charges were announced.

The charges are being described as insufficient by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton.

“It feels to me like these charges entirely delete the murder” of Breonna Taylor, MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid commented on the network after the charges were announced. “This was a Black Lives Don’t Matter ruling.”

“They can just shoot you,” she lamented.

“There’s nothing in this charge that mentions Breonna Taylor,” she continued. “There’s no charge that says you need to at least care” about the lives of others, Reid said.

The Nation’s Elie Mystal weighs in:

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