DOJ declines to file charges against Andrew McCabe

FILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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UPDATED 8:12 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will not be charged for lying to federal investigators. The DOJ declined to charge McCabe after an inspector general’s report found he “lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions.”

In a statement to McCabe’s lawyers, the DOJ said, “Based on the totality of the circumstances and all of the information known to the government at this time, we consider the matter closed.”

McCabe, who is now a CNN contributor and think tank official, blasted the fact it took so long to drop the charges. He was fired in 2018 just days before receiving his pension.

“As glad as I am that the Justice Department and D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office finally decided to do the right thing today, it is an absolute disgrace that they took two years, put my family through this experience, before they finally drew the obvious conclusion they could have drawn a long, long time ago,” stated McCabe.

The news came after Inspector General Michael Horowitz alleged that McCabe lied under oath at least four times and misled his former boss, James Comey. In January, unsealed court documents showed McCabe had apologized to a bureau investigator about a media leak.

He was reportedly asked if he knew how FBI information about the Clinton Foundation ended up in a 2016 article by The Wall Street Journal. He initially denied knowing about the leak, but walked back his claim in a follow-up interview.

Despite his admission, he previously denied that he did anything wrong. When asked whether he would take a deal, he said, “Absolutely not.”

“I never intentionally mislead anyone about anything,” he said. “I will not stand up and claim something that I didn’t do.”

FILE – In this May 11, 2017 file photo, then Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The closure of McCabe’s criminal probe created an uproar on social media amid the controversy surrounding the sentencing of Roger Stone. Supporters of the president called out the fact that Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress while McCabe admitted to lying under oath, but has received no criminal penalty.

Many have also pointed out that other Obama-era officials have been let off the hook for their alleged misconduct under a Trump appointed Department of Justice.

The DOJ previously declined to bring charges against James Comey for how he handled the memos of his conversations with President Trump.

The president has increasingly ramped his calls for the disgraced DOJ officials to be indicted for unfairly targeting his 2016 campaign and prosecuting his advisers in the Russia investigation.

“They put a man in jail and destroy his life, his family, his wife, his children? Nine years in jail? It’s a disgrace. In the meantime, Comey walks around making book deals. What they did is a disgrace.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

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Foods that Last a Really Long Time

In the event that the Coronavirus actually makes it to this illegal harboring country, here is a plain English list of foods (and other items) that last a really long time. And, a few tips on what else to keep while you lock yourself inside.

FOOD

Alcohol – 30 years.
Baking soda – indefinite.
Barley – 6 to 10 years.
Buckwheat – 10 – 12 years.
Canned spaghetti – Up to 4-5 years past expiration date.
Canned Meat – 2 to 6 years.
Canned baked beans – Up to 7 years.
Cocoa Powder – 10 to 20 years.
Coconut Oil – 5 years.
Corn Starch – 25 years.
Corn Syrup – 40 years.
Dehydrated carrots – Up to 25 years. Search for ‘bulk dehydrated carrots’.
Dehydrated fruit slices – Up to 5 years.
Dehydrated Fruits – 30 years.
Dried Corn – 15 years.
Dried corn – Up to 10 years. (canned corn too).
Dried beans – Can last 30 years when stored in airtight containers with a desiccant. Search the web for ‘bulk pinto beans airtight’.
Freeze Dried Meals – 15 to 50 years.
Freeze Dried Meat – 15 years.
Ghee(clarified butter) – 2 years.
Hard Cheese – Up to 9 months. Search the web for ‘what hard cheeses last longest unopened’.
Honey – indefinite.
Instant coffee – 10 to 20 years.
Instant Potatoes – 15 to 30 years.
Jello Mix – up to 30 years.
Maple Syrup – 40 years.
Meat Jerky – 2 years.
Millet – 10 to 12 years.
Most canned food – 3 to 5 years.
Multivitamins
Pasta products – 5 to 30 years lifespan. Look for freezedried.
Peanut Butter – 2 to 5 years
Powdered Milk – 40 years.
Powdered Whole Eggs – Up to 7 years.
Quinoa – 6 to 10 years.
Ramen Noodles – 2 to 5 years.
Rolled oats – Can last 50 years. Search the web for ‘Rolled oats airsealed bulk’
Rye – 6 to 10 years.
Salt – indefinite.
Soy Sauce – 3 years.
Spelt – 10 to 30 years.
Stock/bouillon – 10 to 15 years.
Sugar – indefinite.
Twinkies – Up to 30 years.
Unsweetened Chocolate – 4 years.
Vanilla Extract – 30 years.
Vinegar – 30 years.
White Vinegar – 5 to 8 years.
White rice – Up to 30 years in sealed storage bags/containers.
Whole lentils and peas – Up to 5 years. Again, seal off well.

Stock up on:

Portable Grill and Charcoals
Guns and AMMO
generator and tons of gas – Firewood
Oxygen Absorbents – Small packets you toss into storage bags/containers to suck out remaining Oxygen (make food last longer)

STOCK UP ON MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Get as many months supply of medication that you can. If you medications are a life or death situation, fake ‘meds lost’ or whatever it takes to get ANY amount you need.

Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.

First Aid Kit
Medical emergency kit

OTHER

Portable crank radio
5 gallon buckets
Food storage containers
Toilet paper
Towels
LED Flashlight

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Books, cards, 10tb external hard-drive full of movies and Donald Trump clips.

MOST IMPORTANT!

STORE AS MUCH WATER AS YOU CAN POSSIBLE HORDE. And buy chlorine tablets or powder to disinfect it.

Pelosi backs President Trump’s warnings on Huawei

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, speaks on the first day of the 56th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb.14, 2020. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

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On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged foreign nations to completely cut ties with Chinese telecom giant Huawei. At a security conference in Germany, Pelosi stated that choosing to do business with the company is essentially choosing autocracy over democracy.

Pelosi noted that Huawei is becoming more dangerous than ever as it builds its 5G network, which could bring in new business partners. She encouraged the international community to come together to create alternatives to the company.

“If you want to build a collective conscience of values and respect for human rights, don’t go Huawei,” she said. “Instead, let’s internationalize, build something together that will be about freedom of information.”

On Thursday, the U.S. filed new charges against Huawei, including the company’s alleged theft of trade secrets from U.S.-based companies.

Officials said the company’s successful efforts to steal trade secrets and technology gave it a “significant and unfair competitive advantage.” This comes just days after officials said Huawei has covert access to mobile phone networks.

FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, the logos of Huawei are displayed at its retail shop window reflecting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Meanwhile, the deadline for U.S. businesses to cut ties with the Chinese tech company has been delayed for the fourth time. Earlier on Thursday, the Trump administration granted Huawei a temporary license to continue working with American companies for another 45 days.

The Commerce Department said a number of rural broadband carriers rely on the tech company.

Huawei was blacklisted by the administration last May after it was deemed a national security risk. The company has responded to these allegations by accusing the Justice Department of attempting to “irrevocably damage Huawei’s reputation” and business.

“The U.S. Department of Justice’s new charges against Huawei are part of this campaign, this is political persecution, plain and simple,” read their latest statement.

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MS-13 leader escapes custody in Honduras

Photo of Alexander Mendoza via Honduran police.

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UPDATED 5:55 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

One of the most powerful MS-13 leaders in Honduras has escaped from custody. On Thursday, more than 20 gunmen dressed in military gear arrived and freed Alexander Mendoza by opening fire on police.

Mendoza, who is also known as ‘El Porky,’ was being escorted to a trial hearing regarding multiple murder charges. The gun fight that ensued left four police officers dead. It also led to the death of one of the assailants, whose body was abandoned near the scene.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández has vowed to recapture the MS-13 leader.

“The delinquent, better known as Porky, (is) responsible for countless criminal acts (and) will fall,” stated Hernandez. “If he doesn’t fall today, he will fall in the next few hours, the next few days.”

Authorities said it’s unclear whether Mendoza received inside help. MS-13 tactics often employ the bribing of government officials.

“We are going to recapture this man and arrest those who helped him escape,” stated Deputy Minister of Security Luis Suazo.

READ MORE: Three Honduran Policemen Killed In Shootout To Free Jailed MS-13 Gang Leader

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Report: 5K additional coronavirus cases confirmed in China

Students line up to sanitize their hands to avoid the contact of coronavirus before their morning class at a hight school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

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The number of coronavirus cases in China has skyrocketed over the last 24 hours. On Friday, the Chinese government reported 5,000 new cases and 121 new deaths.

Over 2,100 of those infected are in severe condition. This brought the total number of coronavirus deaths to nearly 1,400 while the total number of confirmed cases has exceeded 63,000.

China’s financial minister said the country has allocated over $11.5 billion to combat the epidemic.

“We have made every effort to ensure epidemic prevention and control funding. As of February 13th, a total of $11.52 billion (has) been allocated from all-level governments, with $5.86 billion already spent. We have also issued a notice demanding financial departments at all levels put people’s life and health first, and implement all relevant policies.” – Ou Wenhan, Chinese Assistant Minister of Finance

Moving forward, officials are working to track down and test those who have had close contact with victims.

Personnels wearing protective suits wait near an entrance at the Cheung Hong Estate, a public housing estate during evacuation of residents in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Meanwhile, the U.S. military is making preparations to handle a possible pandemic of the deadly coronavirus. American troops around Asia have reportedly started enforcing a plan handed down by Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Esper directed troops to take certain steps last month, including quarantining service members who have recently traveled to China. The protocol reportedly follows the Pentagon’s plan for dealing with the flu and other unknown diseases.

This came after the CDC confirmed the 15th case of the virus in the U.S. this week.

“The immediate risk of novel coronavirus remains low for the U.S. public at this time, (and) CDC is taking aggressive action to keep the nation safe,” the agency said in a statement. “COVID-19 represents an unprecedented public health threat and requires everyone’s continued cooperation.”

RELATED: Coronavirus Confirmed In San Diego, Calif.

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Attorney General Barr assigns outside prosecutors to review Michael Flynn case

FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Attorney General William Barr is calling for a review of the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. He has assigned a U.S. attorney from St. Louis to look over the handling of the case against the retired army general, who recently withdrew his guilty plea.

Barr has also reportedly assembled a team of outside prosecutors to review several other cases. The DOJ recently came under fire for intervening in the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone.

Attorney General Barr has said he knew that the recommended sentencing for Stone was way too harsh before President Trump said so. He said that Stone’s conviction was justified, but stated the DOJ’s initial proposal for his time behind bars was excessive.

Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The attorney general went on to say that President Trump’s tweets on the matter had absolutely no influence on his department’s choice to revise its suggested sentence.

“I’ve heard very few people actually suggest that seven to nine year sentence would be appropriate in this case,” he said. “It was very excessive and I didn’t want my department to be behind that.”

Barr added while he’s not a fan of the defendant, Stone is entitled to a sentence that fits the crime. He said that the DOJ’s initial filing of Stone’s sentence was due to a miscommunication.

RELATED: President Trump Responds To Attorney General Barr’s Remarks About Being Involved In Criminal Cases

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N.M. GOP candidate Claire Chase releases ad against Democrat proposed gun law

In this undated photo provided by Claire Chase for Congress, Claire Chase, a Republican candidate for U.S. House in southern New Mexico, shoots at a “red flag” in an online campaign ad shot in Caprock, N.M. to protest a state proposed red-flag gun law. (Claire Chase for Congress via AP)

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New Mexico Republican congressional candidate Claire Chase is speaking out against new gun legislation in the state. Chase released a campaign ad on Thursday and said the proposed ‘red flag’ gun law approved by the state’s Democrat-led legislature is unconstitutional.

The legislation allows law enforcement officers to take guns away from individuals who they think pose a danger to themselves or others. Chase and other gun rights advocates have said the legislation doesn’t allow legal due process and is based on unconfirmed evidence.

“This piece of legislation is an attack on our constitutional rights that would make ‘innocent until proven guilty’ into ‘guilty until proven innocent,’” she said. “Today, I have a few words for those liberals in Santa Fe: Come and take ‘em.”

The GOP candidate is hoping to unseat Democrat Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.), who narrowly won the seat in 2018. The race will be crucial for Republicans as they aim to regain control of the House.

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Wis. Gov. Evers defends independent redistricting commission

On Thursday Feb. 6, 2020 Gov. Tony Evers held a press conference to sign an executive order for a special session which called for the Republican-controlled Legislature to spend $250 million of a state budget surplus on public schools. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is pushing forward with a plan to establish an independent redistricting commission. The Democrat governor defended the move at the National Governors Association meeting in D.C.

The commission will be tasked with creating a map proposal for the state’s upcoming redistricting process, which happens once every 10 years following the census. The governor claimed the independent commission will create a more competitive district map than the GOP-controlled state legislature. He added this new map will be fairer for voters of both parties.

“The People’s Map Commission will visit every congressional district, hear directly from folks across our state and draw fair, impartial maps for the legislature to take up next year,” stated Evers.

However, Wisconsin Republicans have expressed doubts regarding the commission’s impartiality. According to analysts, they will probably approve a map of their own in the state legislature, which has the actual legal power to approve district maps.

This will likely be vetoed by Evers, which could result in a court battle over redistricting in the state.

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Michael Avenatti found guilty in Nike extortion case

FILE – In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

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UPDATED 2:35 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

Michael Avenatti has been found guilty of trying to extort Nike. On Friday, jurors in New York convicted the high-profile attorney on all three counts of extortion and fraud.

Avenatti tried to shake down the footwear giant by threatening to publicly accuse the company of paying amateur basketball players, unless the company agreed to pay him millions of dollars. His attorney said they are already planning to make an appeal.

“We are obviously disappointed in the verdict in this case, even surprised by it,” stated attorney Danya Perry. “But we have preserved some significant issues on appeal and will be pursuing that.”

Avenatti is currently being held in solitary confinement at the Manhattan Metropolitan Corrections Center.

The disgraced lawyer is also facing charges in two other cases. He is due back in court for sentencing on June 17, where he could receive up to 42 years in prison.

READ MORE: Celebrity Lawyer Michael Avenatti Is Found Guilty In Nike Extortion Case

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Defense Secy. Esper, German counterpart discuss fight against ISIS

U.S. Secretary for Defense Mark Esper speaks during a press conference on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)b

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper met with global officials in Germany this week to discuss progress in the fight against ISIS. During Friday’s press briefing in Munich, Esper said the U.S. is determined to defeat the terror group.

“We stand united with our partners and allies in the D-ISIS coalition,” he said. “Today in Munich, I reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to advancing global peace and security, and to the lasting defeat of ISIS.”

He also discussed the importance of the commitment made by 82 countries, who have joined the coalition in pursuit of taking down the caliphate.

The secretary emphasized that even though ISIS has been weakened, now is not the right time to let up.

“Looking ahead, it is imperative that we maintain unrelenting pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria, just as we help prepare the Iraqis to do so for the long term,” stated Esper. “Together we have achieved tremendous success against ISIS, destroying its physical caliphate and liberating millions from its barbaric rule.”

Esper’s comments came as global leaders met at the Munich Security Conference, where they are discussing containment of the coronavirus and tensions in the Middle East.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, shakes hands with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, right, as US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper watches during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place from Feb. 14 to 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool photo via AP)

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DNA evidence exonerates Calif. man of 1985 murder conviction

Ricky Davis smiles after being released from custody at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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A California man has been exonerated after spending about 15 years behind bars. 54-year-old Ricky Davis was released on Thursday after a Placerville court threw out his conviction for the 1985 stabbing murder of magazine columnist Jane Hylton. According to new DNA results, Davis was not a match for the evidence found on the victim.

Davis and his then-girlfriend Connie Dahl were reportedly living with Hylton and her 13-year-old daughter at the time. On the night of the murder, Davis said he and Dahl came home from a party, where they found Hylton’s lifeless body. She was lying on the bed and covered in blood.

Davis was wrongfully convicted in 2005 after Dahl implicated him as the killer and reportedly told police she bit the victim during the attack. She served a year in county jail for the case.

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson discusses during a news conference in Placerville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, how new DNA evidence was used to help exonerate a man who spent about 15 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of killing his housemate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Now, court officials are saying investigators’ line of questioning could be considered “an aggressive confession driven interrogation.”

“You know, it’s an interesting conversation,” said El Dorado District Attorney Vern Pierson. “To meet with someone, as a prosecutor, and realize that this person has, in fact, been falsely accused, convicted and incarcerated.”

Local reports said the evidence used to exonerate Davis also led to the arrest of a new suspect, who was with Hylton’s daughter on the night of the slaying.

“This is the first case in California, and only the second in this country, where investigative genetic genealogy has not only led to the freeing of an individual from prison…but the identification of the true source,” stated Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Schubert. “It freed Ricky Davis, it identified the other person.”

Reports said Davis is likely to pursue financial compensation for the years he spent in prison as an innocent man.

Ricky Davis, center, is hugged by his mother, Maureen Klein, right, after he was released from custody at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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Vice President Pence addresses the National Association of Manufacturers

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the National Association of Manufacturers’ Winter 2020 Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 . (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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The vice president delivered remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers, where commended the president for unleashing America’s energy. On Friday, Mike Pence spoke about the Trump administration’s efforts to put American workers first.

“Under President Donald Trump’s leadership, more than 90 percent of the regulations that the National Association of Manufacturers identified as hurting American manufacturing have already been cut or simplified,” he said. “Our administration is working for American manufacturers and workers across the country!”

He also touted the president’s signing of the USMCA, which is expected to create thousands of superior jobs for American factory workers. Pence said the administration will continue to educate workers and ensure Americans have the necessary skills for the jobs these new trade deals will create.

“American manufacturing has never had a greater champion in the oval office than President Donald Trump,” stated the vice president. “We’re going to keep working every day not just earn your confidence, but to give you confidence to invest, to know that this is a president that believes in growth.”

Pence reported 3.5 million Americans have rejoined the workforce under the Trump administration. He ended by thanking the companies for their continued support of the president.

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Obama admin. tried to meddle in several criminal probes

FILE – In this April 6, 2019, file photo, former President Barack Obama attends a town hall meeting at the ‘European School For Management And Technology’ (ESMT) in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn. File)

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UPDATED 12:45 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

Democrats were quick to criticize President Trump’s words about the Roger Stone case this week. However, many have seemingly forgotten that former President Barack Obama involved himself in several criminal probes during his two terms in office.

In 2009, Obama faced backlash across the country after he criticized Massachusetts police for the arrest of Harvard Law professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. The former president, without a full briefing on the case, stated police had acted stupidly for arresting the black man and insinuated officers were guilty of racial profiling. He was later forced to apologize after learning the whole story.

“My hope is that, as a consequence of this event, this ends up being what I call a teachable moment,” stated Obama. “All of us, instead of pumping up the volume, (should) spend a little more time listening to each other.”

At a press conference in 2013, he unexpectedly weighed in on the shooting of Travyon Martin while the trial was still underway.

“When Travyon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son,” he said. “Another way of saying that is, Travyon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

Despite his apparent attempt to influence the trial, the jury chose to acquit the suspect.

FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama address the participants at a summit on climate change in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Later that year, Obama was caught in the crosshairs again when he stated military members convicted of sexual harassment should be dishonorably discharged.

“Not only is it a crime, not only is it shameful and disgraceful, but it also is going to make and has made the military less effective than it can be,” he said.

A U.S. Navy judge went on to rule that Obama had committed “unlawful command influence” as commander in chief. The former president’s words later caused the conviction against a marine sergeant to be dropped because the court was worried the president’s stance would sway sentencing.

Obama also downplayed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email scandal in 2015. During an interview, he said he believed Clinton’s breach of policy did not pose a national security problem. He added he “didn’t get an impression” from Clinton she was purposefully trying to hide something.

“Hillary Clinton is and has been an outstanding public servant,” he said. “She was a great Secretary of State for me.”

Obama’s decision resulted in James Comey’s takeover of the investigation, in which Comey decided there was no basis for criminal indictments in the case. This came after the former administration prosecuted others for having classified material on their private computers.

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Open Doors CEO: International Religious Freedom Alliance stepping in the right direction toward ending persecution

File- The cross on the steeple of a church in Henryville, Ind. is seen. (Michael Conroy/AP Photo)

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UPDATED 9:18 AM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

The CEO of the Christian-aid organization ‘Open Doors‘ has applauded the Trump administration’s efforts to end religious persecution.

David Curry said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s launch of the International Religious Freedom Alliance is a good first-step in countering spiritual oppression. He has called religious persecution “the issue of our time” as his charity tracks injustice trends around the world.

Pompeo announced the coalition earlier this month, which brings 27 nations together over the common goal of advocating for the freedoms of their citizens.

“Every human being has the right to believe in whatever it is they wish, to change their faith or to hold no faith at all,” stated the U.S. secretary of state. “Indeed, we must affirm and fight for that truth now more than ever…more than eight in ten people in the world today live where they can not practice their faith freely.”

Curry said he is hopeful that the alliance may help encourage nations who have remained neutral or even negative toward religious freedom to shift their priorities.

RELATED: Raising awareness for the religious freedom of Christians

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Report: Durham investigating CIA analysis of 2016 Russian interference

File – John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is pictured. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

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UPDATED 9:55 AM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

U.S. attorney John Durham is reportedly focusing on the Obama-era CIA’s analysis, which led to the Intelligence Community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

According to the New York Times, sources have said Durham is looking at a theory former CIA Director John Brennan was attempting to achieve a predetermined outcome by steering the probe towards Russia.

The Times reported Durham may be trying to figure out if Brennan attempted to keep the other intelligence agencies in the dark about ulterior motives by withholding secrets and methods.

Brennan responded to the report Thursday night and welcomed questioning from Durham.

National security experts have reportedly questioned Durham’s investigation and have claimed his scrutiny is a misunderstanding of how the Intelligence Community shares secrets.

RELATED: DiGenova says Comey and Brennan were ‘coup leaders’

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Parents of Parkland shooting victim sue FBI for failing to investigate tips about gunman

FILE – In this Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

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The family of one of the victims from the 2018 Parkland school shooting has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the FBI.

The Pollack family filed suit on Wednesday, alleging that the bureau knew the accused gunman had “the desire and capability to carry out a mass school shooting,” but it failed to take any action to stop him.

The family specifically claimed the FBI had information Nikolas Cruz was collecting ammunition right before the shooting took place on Valentine’s Day two years ago.

This comes after the Pollack’s also filed suit against a former county sheriff deputy, who failed to enter the school building while the shooting took place.

“How many schools, how many children have to get shot?” asked Andrew Pollack. “It stops here with this administration and me, I’m not going to sleep until it’s fixed.”

Andrew Pollack, the father of Meadow Pollack, listens during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission meeting Thursday, Nov 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Pollack’s daughter, Meadow, was 17-years old at the time of the deadly incident. The shooting killed a total 17 students as well as teachers and wounded several others.

The suspected gunman faces multiple counts of first degree murder as well as attempted murder. His trial is expected to begin later this summer.

RELATED: Parkland high school team steps in for Chiefs and 49ers

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Calif. prosecutors partner with tech non-profit to erase over 60K marijuana convictions

FILE – In this Dec. 27, 2018 file photo a grower attends to a crop of young marijuana plants in Gardena, Calif. Los Angeles-area prosecutors are joining other district attorneys to use technology to wipe out or reduce as many as 66,000 old marijuana convictions years after California voters broadly legalized the drug. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)

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UPDATED 9:00 AM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

A California district attorney has partnered up with a tech company to dismiss thousands of marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County.

A judge granted requests from District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office Thursday to erase 66,000 misdemeanor and felony cannabis-related charges dating back to 1961.

County prosecutors partnered with the non-profit tech company ‘Code for America,’ whose algorithm was used to locate records of eligible cases and fill out forms for the courts. The process will offer conviction relief for 53,000 people and Lacey wants to take it one step further.

“We’re making a motion because we realized that’s the issue,” said the district attorney. “When you go to apply for a job, you go to apply for housing and your record comes up even though we expunged it — that may not give you help.”

FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey speaks during a discussion in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

This comes four years after California voters passed Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana. A bill was also passed in 2018 that requires the state’s Justice Department to analyze convictions that may be eligible for removal.

All county prosecutors have until July of this year to review these cases.

RELATED: More pain in store for Canadian marijuana companies after Aurora Cannabis, Tilray cut jobs

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President Trump responds to Attorney General Barr’s remarks about being involved in criminal cases

FILE – In this July 11, 2019, file photo, Attorney General William Barr, left, and President Donald Trump turn to leave after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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UPDATED 8:44 AM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

President Trump recently responded to Attorney General William Barr’s remarks regarding his involvement in criminal cases. On Friday, the president tweeted about Barr’s interview with ABC News in which he breaks with the president over his Twitter commentary about the Department of Justice.

President Trump repeated Barr’s remarks that he never asked the attorney general to do anything in a criminal case, but he also added it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have the legal right to do so.

Barr claimed President Trump’s constant Twitter posts about the Justice Department’s criminal cases make it harder for him to do his job.

“The president has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case,” he stated. “However, to have public statements and tweets made about the Department, about people in the Department, make it impossible for me to do my job.”

The attorney general also said he will not be bullied or influenced by anybody, whether it’s Congress, a newspaper editorial board or the President of the United States.

File – White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham is pictured. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

The White House also responded to the recent comments made by attorney general and his role as the nation’s top cop.

In a statement Thursday, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said President Trump was not bothered at all by Barr’s comments. She added that the attorney general has the right, like any American citizen, to voice his opinion.

Grisham also noted the president has full faith and confidence in the U.S. attorney general.

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Calif. prosecutors partner with tech non-profit to erase over 60K marijuana convictions

FILE – In this Dec. 27, 2018 file photo a grower attends to a crop of young marijuana plants in Gardena, Calif. Los Angeles-area prosecutors are joining other district attorneys to use technology to wipe out or reduce as many as 66,000 old marijuana convictions years after California voters broadly legalized the drug. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)

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A California district attorney has partnered up with a tech company to dismiss thousands of marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County.

A judge granted requests from District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office Thursday to erase 66,000 misdemeanor and felony cannabis-related charges dating back to 1961.

County prosecutors partnered with the non-profit tech company ‘Code for America,’ whose algorithm was used to locate records of eligible cases and fill out forms for the courts. The process will offer conviction relief for 53,000 people and Lacey wants to take it one step further.

“We’re making a motion because we realized that’s the issue,” said the district attorney. “When you go to apply for a job, you go to apply for housing and your record comes up even though we expunged it — that may not give you help.”

FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey speaks during a discussion in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

This comes four years after California voters passed Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana. A bill was also passed in 2018 that requires the state’s Justice Department to analyze convictions that may be eligible for removal.

All county prosecutors have until July of this year to review these cases.

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