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Biden accuses Trump of coronavirus lies as president pushes speedy vaccine timeline – Fox News

President Trump and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden clashed over the timing of a potential coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, with Trump indicating a vaccine could become publicly available sooner than experts in his own administration have predicted.

When asked during the first presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday night whether Trump agreed with timelines from experts in his own administration who have said a vaccine would be widely available to the public by next summer, Trump said he has “’spoken to the companies [involved]” and they can have it “a lot sooner.”

“I disagree with both of them,” Trump said in reference to comments made by the head of Operation WARP speed and the CDC director. “It’s a possibility that we’ll have the answer before November 1 – it could also be after that.”

The president, who also said he has been in contact with the scientists “in charge,” added that the vaccine would be delivered “right away,” because the military is ready to deliver the vaccine to the public.

Trump mentioned Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson by name, which are all in final stages of clinical trials.

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“Do you believe for a moment what he’s telling you, in light of all the lies he’s told you about the whole issue related to COVID?” Biden asked while looking at the camera. “And by the way, maybe you can inject some bleach in your arm and that would take care of it. This is the same man.”

Biden alleged the distribution of a vaccine, which may be completed by the end of 2020, would not occur until the middle of next year – which is in line with what the CDC director Robert Redfield said.

Biden mentioned that 40,000 people per day are contracting COVID-19 and said the situation “is what it is” because the president is who he is.

Across the U.S., there have been over 7.1 million cases of the novel coronavirus and at least 205,966 Americans have died from the virus.

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Trump accuses Joe Biden of going on an ‘anti-police crusade’ after Louisville unrest – Daily Mail

President Donald Trump went full ‘law and order’ at his rally Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida accusing his rival Democratic Joe Biden of going on an ‘anti-police crusade’ and calling law enforcement the ‘enemy.’ 

The president’s comments come on the heels of another night of violence in the United States, as two police officers in Louisville, Kentucky were shot during demonstrations after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for Breonna Taylor’s death. 

‘Biden’s anti-police crusade must stop,’ the president demanded. ‘I will always stand with the heroes of law enforcement.’  

President Donald Trump blasted Democrat Joe Biden for going on an ‘anti-police crusade’ during his rally Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida 

Trump described his opponent as ‘weak as hell,’ accused him of surrendering to a party of ‘flag burners, rioters and anti-police radicals’ and again claimed Biden was on drugs 

Trump claimed his crowd in Jacksonville was 30,000 strong, while mocking Biden for holding small events due to the coronavirus pandemic 

Trump described the Democratic ex-vice president as being ‘weak as hell.’ 

‘He surrendered his party to flag burners, rioters and anti-police radicals,’ the president said. 

Trump brought up Wednesday night’s chaos in Kentucky – actually complimenting the state’s Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear for calling up the national guard. 

But then accused Biden of backing the unrest. 

‘Joe, they’re not peaceful!’ Trump yelled. ‘I think he believes it,’ the president smirked. 

Biden has condemned violence and destruction related to this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests getting out of control.

Biden tweeted Wednesday, ‘Even amidst the profound grief & anger today’s decision generated, violence is never & can never be the answer.’ 

‘Those who engage in it must be held accountable,’ he said. 

‘Jill & I are keeping the officers shot tonight in Louisville in our prayers. We wish them both a swift & full recovery,’ Biden added.  

Trump, photographed with an American flag above him, mocked Biden for saying that the Black Lives Matter protests have been peaceful. ‘Joe, they’re not peaceful!’ Trump yelled 

While Trump claimed Biden was on an ‘anti-police crusade,’ the Democratic nominee tweeted Wednesday night taht ‘violence is and never can be the answer.’ Biden added that the two officers shot were in his and wife Jill’s prayers

Trump supporters pose for photos before Thursday night’s rally, with one fan sporting a shirt that says ‘Trump Rallies Matter’ 

A Trump supporter waits for the president’s arrival Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida sporting a stars and stripes suit 

But Trump continued to say that he was candidate of law enforcement, while Biden was the candidate of Black Lives Matter – portraying the broader movement as violent and unhinged.   

‘He even described law enforcement as the enemy,’ Trump said of Biden Thursday night, taking Biden’s words warning of the overmilitarization of the police out of context.   

On July 8, the former vice president said, ‘Surplus military equipment for law enforcement: they don’t need that. The last thing you need is an up-armored Humvee coming into a neighborhood – it’s like the military invading.’ 

‘They don’t know anybody; they become the enemy. They’re supposed to be protecting these people,’ Biden said. 

The president has made the claim before, with fact checkers rating it a distortion.  

Trump spent Monday, Tuesday and now Thursday doing campaign rallies – with rallies planned for Friday and Saturday night as well. 

Trump supporter Jonathan Riches waits for the arrival of the president Thursday night in Jacksonville, Florida sporting some Trump-branded eyewear

Trump’s supporters cheer for the president at his Thursday night rally in Jacksonville, Florida, which marked the second swing state he traveled to that day 

One supporter wore Trump 2020 shoes and Trump 2020 socks to Thursday night’s rally in Jacksonville, Florida 

He had traveled to North Carolina – another swing state – earlier to give an address on healthcare before traveling to Florida, his adopted homestate. 

Trump, of course, brought up this fact with the audience – which he suggested was 30,000 strong, while Biden – who’s limited campaigning due to the coronavirus pandemic – can’t even fill his ‘circles,’ used at the Democrat’s events to ensure proper social distancing. 

Biden has also kept a lighter campaign schedule.  

‘Did you see he did a lid this morning again? Lid. Lid. Do you know what a lid is?’ Trump asked the crowd. ‘A lid is when you put out the word that you’re not going to be campaigning today. That he won’t be working today.’  

Trump suggested Biden could be ‘right’ when it came to this tactic. 

‘Think of it, supposing he never campaigns and he wins, do you know how badly I’m going to feel?’ he asked the audience. ‘I’m working hard.’  

Trump again hammered Biden for being a ‘low energy individual,’ which echoed the nickname he gave to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2016 during the GOP primary. 

‘He’s the lowest energy individual I’ve ever seen,’ Trump said of 77-year-old Biden. 

The president then turned his attention to the first presidential debate, which will take place Tuesday night in Cleveland, Ohio. 

And like he has for weeks, Trump accused Biden of being on drugs. 

‘They’ll give him a big shot of something,’ Trump said looking ahead to the debate. ‘He’ll be Superman for about 15 minutes.’   

The president lashed out at other familiar targets too. 

He, again, went after Rep. Ilhan Omar, two days after he suggested that the U.S. wasn’t her country, as she was born in Somalia before becoming a U.S. citizen. 

On Thursday, Trump sarcastically said, ‘She loves our country very much.’  

‘She has total disrespect for our country and I think she has hatred for our country,’ he said, being serious now. ‘I would say Omar is a big reason we’re going to win. They’re not too fond of her in Minnesota.’ 

Trump’s campaign has targeted Minnestoa as a state Hillary Clinton won that the president might be able to flip in 2020. 

The president also pointed to the unrest in Minneapolis following the Memorial Day death of George Floyd as a reason the state could switch parties. 

Trump also rehashed – inaccurately – journalist Ali Velshi getting hit with a rubber bullet during unrest in Minneapolis after Floyd’s death at the hands of a white police officer.   

‘Behind him the entire city was burning down,’ Trump said, ridiculing the MSNBC reporter for calling it a peaceful protests. ‘He got his on the knee with a cannister of teargas,’ the president said, mixing up the projectile.   

‘They say it hurts. That is only going 52 miles per hour. A bullet goes about 2000 miles per hour,’ Trump said.   

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Trump accuses Dems, media of ‘denigrating’ potential coronavirus vaccine – Fox News

President Trump said Democrats and the mainstream media should be celebrating getting a coronavirus vaccine “in record time,” but instead they’re creating a “terrible situation” because of the election.

In an interview set to air Sunday on “Life, Liberty, & Levin,” Trump said he noticed political opponents and members of the media starting to “denigrate” a potential COVID-19 vaccine several weeks ago, after the president began saying the vaccine could be ready by Election Day.

“Instead of saying, ‘Wow, that’s great. It’s going to save a lot of lives and people are going to be protected, and this whole thing will end faster’ … They started denigrating it,” Trump told host Mark Levin.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris have expressed fears about political pressure by the Trump administration resulting in a vaccine that was rushed into production without proper testing.

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“We can’t allow politics to interfere with the vaccine in any way,” Biden said Wednesday. “Americans have had to endure President Trump’s incompetence and dishonesty when it comes to testing and personal protective equipment. We can’t afford to repeat those fiascos when it comes to a vaccine, when it occurs. The stakes are too high.”

“I trust vaccines. I trust scientists. I don’t trust Trump,” the former vice president said.

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Trump said his opponents are trying to downplay the vaccine rollout, “when actually it’s one of the greatest things that anyone’s done, and I’m not saying me — I’m saying anyone. It’s so incredible.”

“The reason they’re doing it is because they think I’ll get credit if we have a vaccine anywhere near the election, but certainly before the election,” Trump said. “But essentially we’re there now anyway, and we’re ready to distribute very rapidly.”

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The president told Levin that it usually takes years to develop a vaccine.

“I have totally changed the FDA process,” he said. “Same safety, but the speed is from a different world, and we should have the vaccine approved very soon.”

“It’s a tremendous thing that they’ve done and we’ve all done together. Then we’re ready to distribute it very quickly, and we’ll do our senior citizens first — the most vulnerable, … especially if they have a problem with a heart or they have diabetes or something,” Trump said.

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He praised companies working on the vaccine, including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna, that are in Phase 3 trials, and said Democrats’ criticisms have nothing to do with safety.

“You would think they’d be happy and thrilled and jumping up and down,” Trump said. “Instead … it’s just a terrible situation.”

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McDonald’s accuses ousted CEO Steve Easterbrook of hiding sexual relationships with employees – CBS News

When McDonald’s canned Stephen Easterbrook as CEO in 2019 for having what he and the company described as a consensual relationship with an employee, the parting was relatively straightforward — and highly lucrative for the ousted CEO, who walked away with a compensation package reportedly worth more than $40 million. Eight months later, the fast-food giant is suing its former chief executive to recoup the money, claiming he had sexual relationships with multiple employees and tried to cover them up.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Delaware, McDonald’s accuses Easterbrook of having relationships with an additional three employees in the year before his termination, alleging he “concealed evidence and lied about his wrongdoing.” The suit further alleges that Easterbrook approved an extraordinary stock grant worth hundreds of thousands of dollars for one of the workers.

The company’s case against Easterbrook includes dozens of naked or explicit photographs and videos of different women — including some McDonald’s employees — that Easterbrook allegedly sent as attachments to his personal email account from his work account in late 2018 or early 2019.

Lawyers representing Easterbrook didn’t immediately respond to emails requesting comment.

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Former McDonald’s CEO Stephen Easterbrook unveils the company’s new corporate headquarters during a grand opening ceremony on June 4, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois.

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McDonald’s contends Easterbrook’s exit should not have included severance pay because the company had reason to fire him for cause and he deceived company investigators, according to the complaint.

An employee recently came forward with new information regarding Easterbrook’s conduct, which “deviated from our values in different and far more extensive ways than we were aware when he left,” wrote Easterbrook’s replacement, Chris Kempczinski, in a note to employees. “This new information makes it clear that he lied and destroyed evidence regarding inappropriate personal behavior and should not have retained the contractual compensation he did upon his exit.” 

At the time, Easterbrook told McDonald’s employees in an email that he agreed with the board that it was time for him to move on. He also offered congratulations to Kempczinski on his promotion, saying: “I know you will support him as you have supported me — he’s lucky to have a team of your caliber.”


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McDonald’s executive severance policy for executives states that an employee’s termination will be defined as “for cause” when there is a “material violation of McDonald’s standards of business conduct or other employment policies.”

In November, McDonald’s board of directors opted to classify Easterbrook’s termination as “without cause.” That entitled him to $675,000 in severance and health insurance benefits and stock awards valued in the tens of millions.

Until his exit, Easterbrook was highly regarded for introducing technological innovations such as touch-screen ordering, with McDonald’s shares roughly doubling in value during his more than four years at the helm. The England native had previously worked at the company for almost two decades.

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Cruz accuses Democrats of coordinated effort to keep schools, businesses closed to hurt Trump – Fox News

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday accused Democrats of deliberately seeking to extend coronavirus lockdowns of businesses and schools so that President Trump suffers politically ahead of the presidential election.

Democratic-aligned teachers’ unions have remained opposed to opening schools. In Los Angeles, the teachers’ union has made overtly political demands as part of its reopening plan, including defunding the police, taxing the wealthy, implementing a moratorium on charter schools, providing “Medicare-for-all,” and obtaining more federal funding.

“We’re 100 days out from the presidential election — the only objective Democrats have is to defeat Donald Trump,” Cruz told CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” anchored by Margaret Brennan. “And they’ve cynically decided [the] best way to defeat Donald Trump is shut down every business in America, shut down every school in America.”

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Cruz specifically took issue with Democrats’ plan for a new coronavirus relief bill, which Congress is expected to take up this week. Brennan noted that top Republicans and the White House have also signaled support for a new round of stimulus relief, including $1,200 stimulus checks and tax credits for businesses. Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow also suggested Sunday the White House would extend the federal eviction moratorium.

But, Cruz urged them to focus on a broader recovery bill.

“The policy that [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are pushing adds an additional $600 a week of federal money to unemployment,” Cruz said. “Except, the problem is, for 68 percent of people receiving it right now, they are being paid more on unemployment than they made in their job.”

That was a concern that some Republicans voiced back in March, although it prompted some skepticism from economic analysts urging for a quick jumpstart to the economy. (“The weird thing about this hypothetical ‘generous unemployment pay will discourage people from entering critical industries’ is… they could just raise wages?” Alex Godofsky wrote on Twitter at the time. “Amazon has already raised wages. Like, it’s okay if wages — and prices — go up for a while. It’s fine.”)

On Sunday, though, Cruz said the problem has become more than hypothetical.

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“And I’ll tell you, I’ve spoken to small business owners all over the state of Texas who are trying to reopen and they’re calling their waiters and waitresses, they’re calling their busboys, and they won’t come back,” Cruz continued. “And, of course, they won’t come back because the federal government is paying them, in some instances, twice as much money to stay home.”

In the alternative, Cruz argued in favor of a payroll tax cut and lifting economic restrictions. Although Brennan suggested that those initiatives could come later, Cruz said it’s important to consider them immediately.

“What we ought to focus on, instead of just shoveling trillions out the door, we ought to be passing a recovery bill. Now, what’s a recovery bill? A recovery bill would be lifting the taxes and the regulations that are hammering small businesses so that people can go back to work. A recovery bill would suspend the payroll tax, which would give it a — a pay raise to everyone in America who’s working. That actually gets people back to work.”

Cruz was conducting the interview from his home in Houston, where the U.S. ordered the Chinese Consulate closed, alleging it was involved in rampant theft of secrets. The FBI has said scores of Chinese military-linked researchers lied on their visas to gain access to U.S. research in other institutions.

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Cruz noted he has long sounded the alarm on China — “the last time I did this show was from Hong Kong in October,” he said, adding that he was dressed in “all black in solidarity” with pro-democracy protesters.

“One of the most, in fact, the most significant foreign policy consequence of this pandemic is people are understanding the threat China poses,” Cruz said. “And in particular, this virus originated because of communist China’s deliberate cover up. They arrested, they silenced the heroic Chinese whistleblowers that tried to stop this at the outset.”

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Ray Fisher Accuses Joss Whedon of ‘Abusive, Unprofessional’ Behavior on ‘Justice League’ Set – Variety

Actor Ray Fisher accused director Joss Whedon of “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” behavior on the set of the 2017 film “Justice League,” in a tweet that quickly went viral on Wednesday.

Fisher also claimed in his tweet on Wednesday that former Warner Bros. co-president of production Jon Berg, and former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns, both “enabled” Whedon’s alleged behavior on “Justice League.” Berg and Johns also served as producers on “Justice League,” and the film’s poor performance was a factor in both executives exiting their positions leading the DC Films unit at the studio.

Fisher offered no corroboration for his claims, and attempts to reach his representatives for further clarification went unanswered.

Whedon had no comment. A representative for Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When reached for comment on Wednesday afternoon, Berg told Variety that it was  “categorically untrue that we enabled any unprofessional behavior.”

“I remember [Fisher] being upset that we wanted him to say ‘Booyaa,’ which is a well known saying of Cyborg in the animated series,” Berg added.

Joss Wheadon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable.

He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg.

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— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) July 1, 2020

Whedon — the director of Marvel Studios’ blockbuster superhero movies “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” — took over directing duties for extensive additional photography on the DC comics adaptation from Zack Snyder, after Snyder left the project due to a death in his family. Fisher played the cybernetic superhero Cyborg in the film, alongside Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and Ezra Miller’s the Flash.

The resulting film received mixed-to-negative reviews and grossed a disappointing $657.9 million worldwide; more importantly, the tonal mix of Snyder and Whedon’s sensibilities led many fans to see the film as an unacceptable compromise of Snyder’s true vision. That led to a years-long grassroots fan campaign to “release the Snyder cut” of “Justice League,” which was ultimately successful: Snyder announced in May that his cut of the film will debut on HBO Max in 2021.

Fisher hinted at friction with Whedon earlier this week, when he tweeted a clip from the “Justice League” panel at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con in which he praised the filmmaker as “a great guy” and that Snyder “picked a good person to come in and clean-up — and finish up for him.”

“I’d like to take a moment to forcefully retract every bit of this statement,” Fisher tweeted.

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Trump accuses media of trying to ‘shame’ him over holding Tulsa rally amid coronavirus | TheHill – The Hill

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRon Perlman, Matt Gaetz get into back-and-forth on Twitter The NYT and the Cotton op-ed: Opinion or party line?  Robert Gates joins calls for Army bases named after Confederate leaders to be renamed MORE on Monday accused the news media of attempting to “shame” his reelection campaign over plans to hold a rally during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing them of having “no Covid problem” in their coverage of nationwide protests against police brutality.

“The Far Left Fake News Media, which had no Covid problem with the Rioters & Looters destroying Democrat run cities, is trying to Covid Shame us on our big Rallies. Won’t work!” Trump tweeted, suggesting the coverage of the protests had not pointed out risks of the demonstrations possibly leading to a spread of the coronavirus.

The president is scheduled to hold a rally in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, his first campaign rally since March after the campaign suspended the events as states and the federal government looked to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Over the weekend, the director of Tulsa’s health department raised concerns with the president’s plan to hold the rally in the city, pointing to a “significant increase” in case trends that would make a large gathering unsafe. 

The editorial board of Tulsa World has called on Trump to reconsider hosting the campaign rally in the city, calling it the “wrong time” to do so during the pandemic.

Trump campaign manager Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE tweeted later Monday that each guest at the rally would receive a temperature check, hand sanitizer and a mask prior to entering the arena.

The rally is scheduled to take place at the BOK Center, a venue that holds 19,000 people. Those who sign up for tickets to the event need to click a disclaimer that says they acknowledge the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to sue the Trump campaign or the host venue in the event they contract the disease.

As of Monday, more than 2 million Americans have been infected by the coronavirus and more than 115,000 have died as a result of the virus, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

A number of states across the country have seen spikes in cases and hospitalizations as they relax restrictions meant to curb the spread of the disease so that businesses can reopen and the economy, which has been devastated by the pandemic, can begin to recover.

The Saturday rally has already been rescheduled once after it was originally announced for Friday, which overlapped with Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery.

The timing and location of the event drew swift backlash, particularly given the ongoing unrest over police brutality and racial injustice following the police killing of George Floyd.

Public health officials have also warned about the risk of the protests and other large-scale events spreading the coronavirus.

Demonstrations have broken out across the country in the wake of Floyd’s death last month, attracting thousands of participants. Many protesters have worn masks, but the size of the demonstrations has allowed for little social distancing.

“You know, it’s a danger to the people who are trying to control the demonstration,”Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci: Ban on UK travelers likely to last months Texas, Florida, California hit highs for COVID-19 infections in last two weeks Fauci: Attending protests is ‘risky’ MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said of the protests on ABC News’s “Powerhouse Politics” podcast on Friday. “And it’s a danger to the people who are demonstrating. So at the end of the day, it is a risky procedure.”

Fauci also said that the same advice was applicable to the president’s campaign rallies.

Trump and his allies have argued that the protests opened the door for the campaign to begin staging rallies again.

“States demonstrated with the protest of last week that crowds don’t appear to be an issue to policymakers or executives of state governments,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in an interview on Fox News earlier Monday.

McDaniel, like Trump, also suggested that the scrutiny of the decision to hold the rally was disproportionate to that of the protests.

“It’s funny that now that we’re having a Trump rally and we’re bringing people out to celebrate their nominee for their party, all of this scrutiny is coming upon us,” McDaniel said. 

While McDaniel noted she was not involved in the planning for the rally, she said that masks were likely to be optional and argued that those with underlying health conditions would choose not to attend the rally in order to avoid risking exposure. 

Updated at 11:19 a.m.

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Jordan accuses media of being ‘cheerleaders at interesting times’ in Michael Flynn investigation – Fox News

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told “The Ingraham Angle” Thursday the media have been “cheerleading” the prosecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn since the beginning, citing apparent leaks from the Obama administration that were published at “interesting times.”

Jordan offered a timeline beginning with a Jan. 4, 2017 message from then-FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok to an unidentified individual: “Hey don’t close RAZOR,” referring to “CROSSFIRE RAZOR” the codename for the FBI’s investigation into Flynn.

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“The next day, [FBI Director James] Comey meets with President Obama in the Oval Office and talks about Mike Flynn. [On] January 6th, Comey goes up to New York and briefs President Trump on the [Christopher Steele] dossier that he already knows was false, misleading and paid for by the Clinton campaign and then that leaks [to the press],” Jordan continued.

Six days after Comey briefed Trump on the Steele dossier, Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius reported that Flynn had phoned then-Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak “several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials …”

In his column, Ignatius asked whether Flynn violated the “spirit” of the Logan Act of 1799.

Jordan claimed Ignatius’ story led to the Jan. 24 questioning of Flynn at the White House by Strzok and FBI agent Joe Pientka. Flynn later pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, a charge that stemmed from that interview — and that Flynn has sought to rescind.

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“That Ignatius story helped all that play out,” Jordan said. “So they are cheerleaders not just in a general sense for the left and for the Democrats, they are cheerleaders at interesting times in the sequence of events.

“Those are the kinds of things we need to get answers to.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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