Calif. inmate admits to killing two men convicted of sex crimes against children

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UPDATED 5:05 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

After killing two convicted sex offenders, a California inmate sent his confession to a newspaper.

FILE – This Jan. 9, 2020 file photo released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Jonathan Watson. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP,File)

According to sources Thursday, Jonathan Watson’s letter said he beat two men over the head with a cane at a state lock-up in Corcoran.

Watson asked a guard if he could be transferred to higher level security because he knew he was going to do something bad. However, the guard ignored his request and, due to his dangerous state of mind, he killed the two prisoners.

48-year-old David Bobb and 62-year-old Graham De Luis-Conti were serving time for aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14. After the attack, Watson reportedly found a guard and confessed to the murder of the two sex offenders.

Watson was previously sentenced to life in prison. He claimed that as a “lifer,” he had access to these people and little to lose.

He is currently in segregated housing and has yet to be charged for his actions.

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South Bend residents warn Americans against voting for Buttigieg

Democratic presidential candidate, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event at Durango Hills Community Center in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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UPDATED 6:50 PM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Residents of South Bend, Indiana, are warning Americans not to vote for the city’s former Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Some said Buttigieg did nothing about crime in the city while others noted there were a record number of homicides during his time as mayor. FBI data showed violent crimes rose from 622 to more than 1,000 during his time in office.

A South Bend city council member claimed Buttigieg was difficult to work with and did not address the struggles of the local black community.

“It was very difficult to get across to him, and also to his administration, how African Americans were living in South Bend,” stated Henry Davis Jr. “You’re talking about double digit unemployment, a very high poverty rate of over 40 percent, high crime, schools closing.”

The former mayor has also come under fire for South Bend’s homeless problem and for claiming economic wins in the city, which some said were the result of statewide initiatives.

People wait for democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to speak during a rally Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Additionally, the 2020 hopeful has been accused of inappropriately accepting campaign contributions from a progressive PAC. A recent complaint filed by watchdog group Campaign Legal Center alleged Buttigieg improperly accepted more than $600,000 in Nevada ad placements.

The claim pointed to a tweet by Buttigieg’s senior strategist Michael Halle. The group said his message appeared to have been used by ‘Vote Vets,’ a major progressive group that backs Buttigieg.

If confirmed, this would violate federal rules that prohibit candidates from coordinating with independent groups on their behalf.

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IDF foils Hamas phone hacking scheme against Israeli soldiers

Masked Hamas militants wave their green flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

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UPDATED 3:30 PM PT — Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Israeli Intelligence thwarted a plot from Hamas after the group attempted to hack Israeli soldiers’ phones via social media.

On Monday, the Israeli Defense Forces tweeted “hashtag catfish caught” on a photo of an attractive young woman, which IDF officials said is an example of a decoy Hamas used to lure soldiers.

The hacking scheme planned to get soldiers to start friendships with the women who had real social media profiles, but would eventually lead them to downloading apps containing malware.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said he now knows how clever the Hamas group has recently become.

“We see that the level of social engineering is much higher and much more advanced and sophisticated when compared to previous attempts done by Hamas,” stated Conricus. “We see that they’re of course learning and upping their game.”

A military official stated while dozens of phones were hacked, they do not believe any military intelligence was leaked as the scheme was detected early on.

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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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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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UPDATED 2:54 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

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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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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UPDATED 1:55 PM PT — Friday, February 14, 2020

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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Sen. Rand Paul speaks out against war in Afghanistan, calls for bringing troops home

FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., responds to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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UPDATED 5:06 PM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020

On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) drew further attention to the alleged mismanagement of the war in Afghanistan. On Twitter, the Kentucky lawmaker said his subcommittee on financial spending held a hearing on the Afghanistan Papers, which were released to the media recently.

Sen. Paul then shared a video message, in which he said the 18-year-long war cost the U.S. $1 trillion. He also went on to state the effort was impaired by what he called a “lack of clear or achievable objectives.”

Paul then said it’s time to end the Afghanistan war.

“What the Afghanistan Papers make crystal clear is that doing nothing is no longer an option for a U.S. senator or representative with a conscious,” stated Paul. “It’s time to bring our soldiers home, declare the victory they achieved right from the start and end America’s longest war.”

The senator also said Congress owes a debt to the thousands of troops who died in the war and the tens of thousands who were wounded in battle.

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Sen. McConnell urges Senate against passing War Powers Resolution

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, talks to reporters following a GOP strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 1:55 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning against limiting the president’s war powers. On Wednesday, McConnell called Democrat Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D-Va.) War Powers Resolution “blunt and clumsy.”

He went on to say the legislation “severely limits” the White House’s power to mitigate threats from Iran.

On Wednesday, the upper chamber voted to advance the resolution in a 51 to 45 vote. McConnell stood firm, comparing the resolution to the Democrats’ impeachment efforts.

“The collateral institutional damage of this action would fall on our military, its ability to operate quickly and adaptively, and emerging threats would be jeopardized. Like impeachment, this War Powers Resolution cuts short that interplay between the branches, it short circuits the deliberation and debate. It is (a) dangerously overbroad resolution that should not pass Congress, that is certain to be vetoed if it does.”

– Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader

The Senate is scheduled to hold a full vote on the measure this Thursday, but appears to lack the two-thirds majority needed to override an expected veto by the president.

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N.H. Gov. Sununu defends President Trump against CNN’s ‘autocrat’ accusation

N.H. Gov. Chris Sununu at the State House in Concord, N.H., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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UPDATED 11:04 AM PT — Tuesday, February 11, 2020

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu recently defended President Trump after CNN host Chris Cuomo labeled the commander-in-chief an “autocrat.”

During a debate on Monday, Cuomo questioned how Sununu could support the president’s policies after publicly bucking him for his rhetoric in the past. The New Hampshire leader said its possible to disagree with the president’s methods, while still recognizing that he “gets results.”

Gov. Sununu implied that what Cuomo sees as being “autocratic” is merely the president’s “take-no-prisoners” attitude when it comes to making deals that benefit the U.S.

Sununu pointed out the president’s strongest advantage going into the next election will be the campaign promises that he’s delivered on.

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Nicolas Maduro to file lawsuit against U.S. over sanctions

President Nicolas Maduro, gestures to supporters during a protest against new sanctions by the administration of US President Donald Trump that affect the Venezuelan state airline CONVIASA, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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UPDATED 10:49 AM PT — Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said he will sue the U.S. government for what he claims is unfair sanctions placed on a state run airliner.

On Monday, Maduro reportedly ordered his top staffers to immediately file a lawsuit against the Trump administration for “damage caused to national companies.”

This comes in response to the U.S. Treasury Department imposing recent sanctions on Venezuelan airliner Conviasa for reportedly “shuttling corrupt officials around the world.”

Maduro claimed interim President Juan Guaido is responsible for the move and called on the general public for support.

“We will seek international justice with a lawsuit against the government of Donald Trump,” he stated. “I have ordered this and I ask for all the support from the national general public, all the support for this international claim.”

Maduro’s concern proceeded after President Trump welcomed Guaido to the White House last week.

President Donald Trump and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido wave to reporters before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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DOJ announces charges against Chinese nationals for 2017 Equifax security breach

Attorney General William Barr speaks during a news conference, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Justice Department in Washington, as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Seth Ducharm looks on. Four members of the Chinese military have been charged with breaking into the networks of the Equifax credit reporting agency. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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UPDATED 10:43 AM PT — Monday, February 10, 2020

The Department of Justice recently announced charges against several Chinese nationals in connection with the massive Equifax data breach.

In a news conference Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army were behind the hack that affected 150 million Americans.

The 2017 breach resulted in the theft of names, social security numbers and personal information of American citizens as well as the theft of trade secrets from Equifax. The hack has been described as one of the largest in history.

“This kind of attack on American industry is of a piece with other Chinese illegal acquisitions of sensitive personal data,” stated Attorney General Barr. “For years, we have witnessed China’s voracious appetite for the personal data of Americans.”

The indictment charges the alleged hackers with computer fraud, conspiracy to commit economic espionage and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

This comes as the Trump administration continues to warn of the “growing political and economic influence” of China.

RELATED: U.S. Charges Four Chinese Military Hackers In 2017 Equifax Breach

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Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov slams U.S. sanctions against Venezuela

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gestures at the end of his visit, as Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez stands behind, at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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UPDATED 12:43 PM PT — Saturday, February 8, 2020

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed U.S. sanctions against Venezuela during his visit to Caracas. Lavrov was joined by President Nicolas Maduro at a press conference on Friday, where he reiterated Russian support and solidarity against pressure by the U.S.

“We have firmly expressed our support to Venezuela’s sovereignty, our solidarity with the Venezuelan leadership and nation in their battle against illegal pressure, which is being imposed by the U.S. and its allies,” he said.

He also vowed to boost bilateral trade between the two countries and to develop cooperation in various sectors.

“It’s also important to develop military cooperation to help Venezuela defend themselves against outside threats,” stated Lavrov. “We reiterate our solidarity with, and respect for, the Venezuelan people against the illegitimate pressure by the United States and those who support such measures.”

The foreign minister added he supports a government backed dialogue as an alternative to uprisings and interventions.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, right, shakes hands with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a photo opportunity at the end of their meeting at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Lavrov is visiting Venezuela in a show of support for Maduro as mounting pressure from Washington threatens to cut off the socialist leader from a key financial ally in Moscow. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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FBI Director Wray: Obtaining FISA warrant against Carter Page unacceptable

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 8:37 AM PT — Thursday, February 6, 2020

In his first congressional appearance since the release of last year’s Horowitz report, the director of the FBI has assured he’s committed to reforming the FISA system.

On Wednesday, Chris Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee to highlight the alleged “failures” in the Inspector General report and asserted “they cannot be repeated.” He said he’s already planning to make changes to FISA policies.

“I am adding more than 40, over 40, corrective actions to address all of those things in a way that’s robust and serous,” said Wray. “And we’re determined to learn the lessons from this report and make sure the FBI emerges from this even better and stronger”.

His statements follow the FBI’s investigation into President Trump’s former foreign policy advisor Carter Page over his alleged ties to Russia during 2016 election.

FILE – Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters following a day of questions from the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

However, Republican lawmakers have argued Wray’s testimony makes the FBI agency as a whole appear “untrustworthy.” That’s according to congressman Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), who said the FBI has “lost the trust of an awful lot of Americans.”

Additionally, congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) also suggested Wray’s testimony downplayed activities surrounding the 2016 election and didn’t take the matter seriously.

Back in December, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report outlining several mistakes made by top FBI agents, including how a warrant was obtained to spy on Page.

In addition to slamming FISA’s’ system, the FBI director also criticized Facebook’s proposed privacy plan, which would restrict the platform’s access to data. If the plan moves forward, Wray believes Americans “will be blinded.” Meanwhile, Facebook has claimed it doesn’t support government attempts to “build backdoors.”

RELATED: DOJ Inspector General says FBI lawyer created fraudulent evidence to keep investigating Carter Page

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Hillary Clinton says Bernie Sanders worked against her in 2016, lost her the presidential election

Hillary Clinton attends the premiere of “Hillary” at The Ray Theatre during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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UPDATED 11:32 AM PT — Saturday, February 1, 2020

Hillary Clinton is blaming her former presidential contender Bernie Sanders for working against her in the 2016 elections. During a podcast interview on Friday, Clinton stated Sanders and his supporters split the Democrat Party apart, which led to President Trump’s win.

She said he didn’t do enough to rally his base behind her after she won the nomination. Instead, she claimed many of his supporters encouraged others to vote third party, which ultimately took votes away from her.

“Unfortunately, you know, his campaign and his principle supporters were just very difficult and constantly not just attacking me, but my supporters,” said Clinton. “We get to the convention and they’re booing…it was very distressing.”

The former first lady went on to say that this kind of animosity between Democrat candidates cannot happen again in 2020.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Sioux City, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Meanwhile, congresswoman Rashida Tlaib slammed Clinton while speaking at a Bernie Sanders rally in Iowa. On Friday, Tlaib delivered remarks alongside Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

When asked how the group felt about Clinton’s recent criticism of Sanders, the crowd proceeded to boo. Tlaib quickly joined in, despite the moderator’s calls to keep it civil.

Since the video was released, the congresswoman has attempted to walk back her statement. She said her disappointment “got the better of her.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., far right, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., center, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. participate in a panel during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Clive, Iowa. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Iowa caucus is set to take place on Monday. The most recent Iowa State University poll showed Sanders in the lead.

RELATED: Bernie Sanders Pulls Ahead Of Democrat Opponents

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Senate votes against witnesses, documents in trial

In this image from video, the final vote total on the motion to subpoena and allow additional witnesses and documents, during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The motion failed by a vote of 51-49. (Senate Television via AP)

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UPDATED 4:37 PM PT — Friday, January 31, 2020

The Senate has moved to block additional witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial. Senators voted 51-to-49 on Thursday afternoon, shutting down any attempts to introduce more evidence in the case.

Senators Lisa Murkowski and Lamar Alexander, among a few others, were considered key swing votes in deciding if the trial would be prolonged.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell previously predicted the outcome of the vote and has since weighed in with a new statement.

Tally for vote to subpoena witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

“There is no need for the Senate to re-open the investigation, which the House Democratic majority chose to conclude and which the Managers themselves continue to describe as ‘overwhelming’ and ‘beyond any doubt.’ Never in Senate history has this body paused an impeachment trial to pursue additional witnesses with unresolved questions of executive privilege that would require protracted litigation. We have no interest in establishing such a new precedent, particularly for individuals whom the House expressly chose not to pursue.” – Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator

The upper chamber is now in its very final stages of the trial. A vote on the two articles of impeachment is expected next week.

Republicans have signaled they want to get the trial over with as quickly as possible and added it’s very likely senators will vote to acquit President Trump.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, waves as they walk on the South Lawn as they depart the White House, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Washington. Trump is en route to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Following the vote, the president reacted to the news on Twitter.

He added, “No matter what you give to the Democrats, in the end, they will never be satisfied.”

He earlier stated that they were “scamming America.”

Democrats reacted to vote by condemning the move as a “grand tragedy.”

“America will remember this day, unfortunately, where the Senate did not live up to its responsibilities, turned away from truth and went along with a sham trial,” stated Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “If the president is acquitted with no witnesses, no documents, the acquittal will have no value, because Americans will know that this trial was not a real trial.”

RELATED: McConnell Has Support Needed To Kill Impeachment Witness Vote

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Carter Page files lawsuit against DNC over fake dossier

FILE – In a Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters following a day of questions from the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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UPDATED 1:52 PM PT — Thursday, January 30, 2020

Carter Page is filing a lawsuit against the DNC over the unverified dossier that launched the Mueller report. The defamation suit was filed on Thursday morning in Illinois and also named law firm Perkins Coie and its partners.

Last week, a federal court confirmed the FISA warrants that allowed Obama era FBI officials to spy on Page were invalid. His lawsuit claimed the DNC, along with its partners, knowingly spread false and unverified information about him to both the FBI and the DOJ through the Steele dossier.

“The defendants’ wrongful actions convinced many Americans that Dr. Page is a traitor to the United States, and as a result he has received — and continues to receive — multiple death threats,” the lawsuit stated. “In short, the defendants’ actions have not only damaged the plaintiffs’ reputations and financial prospects, they have even caused Dr. Page to reasonably fear for his safety.”

This followed the recent IG report, which outlined how the FBI mishandled the situation and led to dozens of corrective actions within the agency.

“We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate handpicked investigative teams on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations,” stated the Department of Justice Inspector General. “The circumstances reflect the failure, as we outlined in the report, not just by those who prepared the applications, but also by the managers and supervisors in the crossfire hurricane chain of command, including FBI senior officials who were briefed as the investigation progressed.”

RELATED: Carter Page: I Never Received A Direct Apology

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House Ethics Committee warns against posting ‘deepfakes’

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UPDATED 11:46 AM PT — Thursday, January 30, 2020

The 2020 election cycle is in full swing and Congress is issuing a warning about doctored videos. In a recent memo, the House Ethics Committee stated that posting deep fakes or other audio-visual distortions intended to mislead the public may be in violation of the code of official conduct. The Committee added, politicians could face “repercussions for tweets and Facebook posts which are misleading

‘Deepfakes’ are synthetic media in which can depict people saying and doing things that never happened. Researchers have said the deceiving technology is equivalent to stealing someone’s identity.

“The most important thing is actually that people know that this is possible, right? If they wouldn’t know, then they could easily be fooled. If they know that there are ways to actually create better manipulations that are extremely believable, then we will have some way of protection, right?”

— Hao Li, Associate Professor of Computer Science – University of Southern California

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) previously drew criticism when he tweeted an image of former President Obama with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, which is an encounter that never happened.

Last year, a manipulated video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appearing to be drunk went viral across social media platforms. Pelosi accused Facebook of acting as an “accomplice for misleading the American people.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Shortly thereafter, the social media giant announced it would ban ‘deepfake’ videos and would continue to fight online manipulation.

“I think deepfakes are clearly one of the emerging threats that we need to get in front of and develop policy around to address, I think that this is a very important area,” stated Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “The ‘deepfake’ challenge to figure out how to identify these things will certainly help inform the policy and this is one of the areas that are important moving forward.”

The Senate Homeland Security Committee approved bipartisan legislation, which would allow the Department of Homeland Security to study videos and the technology behind them.

With the November election approaching and months of campaigning ahead, lawmakers on both sides the aisle are united in the effort to stop ‘deepfakes.’

RELATED: U.S. lawmakers say Facebook steps to tackle ‘deepfake’ videos not adequate

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Dershowitz, Purpura downplay Democrats’ case against President Trump

In this image from video, Alan Dershowitz, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks during the impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

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UPDATED 9:52 AM PT — Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Attorney and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz laid out his case in favor of President Trump, while arguing the House’s charges don’t count as high crimes and misdemeanors. He gave opening statements Monday, stating that Congress chose the wrong charges to impeach the president on.

Dershowitz went on to stress his position as a non-partisan actor and a defender of the Constitution. He also said this is a dangerous precedent for how Congress oversees the presidency.

“I am here today because I love my country and our constitution – everyone in this room shares this love,” he stated. “I will argue that our Constitution and its terms high crimes and misdemeanors do not encompass the two articles charging the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.”

The attorney continued by saying the Senate needs to determine whether the House provided enough proof of the charges, whether the charges constitute an abuse of power or obstruction of Congress, and whether they would warrant impeachment.

Dershowitz was backed-up by White House deputy counsel Mike Purpura, who said the impeachment case presented by Democrats fully exonerates President Trump.

While speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Purpura said hard evidence disproves both articles of impeachment. He then added, the White House proposed a meeting with the Ukrainian president three times without preconditions and while Ukraine did not know aid was being withheld.

In this image from video, White House deputy counsel Mike Purpura speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Purpura stressed that Democrats have failed to back up their claims with evidence. The deputy counsel went on to say the case depicts Ukraine as a desperate and needy country, but diplomatic records show this is a misrepresentation of U.S.-Ukrainian relations.

The president’s defense team will continue its opening arguments Tuesday.

RELATED: President Trump calls Bolton allegations about witholding Ukraine aid ‘false’

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Dershowitz, Purpura downplay Democrats’ case against President Trump

In this image from video, Alan Dershowitz, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks during the impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

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UPDATED 9:52 AM PT — Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Attorney and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz laid out his case in favor of President Trump, while arguing the House’s charges don’t count as high crimes and misdemeanors. He gave opening statements Monday, stating that Congress chose the wrong charges to impeach the president on.

Dershowitz went on to stress his position as a non-partisan actor and a defender of the Constitution. He also said this is a dangerous precedent for how Congress oversees the presidency.

“I am here today because I love my country and our constitution – everyone in this room shares this love,” he stated. “I will argue that our Constitution and its terms high crimes and misdemeanors do not encompass the two articles charging the abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.”

The attorney continued by saying the Senate needs to determine whether the House provided enough proof of the charges, whether the charges constitute an abuse of power or obstruction of Congress, and whether they would warrant impeachment.

Dershowitz was backed-up by White House deputy counsel Mike Purpura, who said the impeachment case presented by Democrats fully exonerates President Trump.

While speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Purpura said hard evidence disproves both articles of impeachment. He then added, the White House proposed a meeting with the Ukrainian president three times without preconditions and while Ukraine did not know aid was being withheld.

In this image from video, White House deputy counsel Mike Purpura speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Purpura stressed that Democrats have failed to back up their claims with evidence. The deputy counsel went on to say the case depicts Ukraine as a desperate and needy country, but diplomatic records show this is a misrepresentation of U.S.-Ukrainian relations.

The president’s defense team will continue its opening arguments Tuesday.

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