Twitter, Facebook block Trump video
Facebook took down a video posted by the campaign of President Donald Trump in which he claimed children were immune to the coronavirus, a violation of the social network’s rules against misinformation around the virus. It was the first time Facebook has removed a post by Trump’s campaign for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus, though the social network has previously taken down other ads and posts by the campaign for violating other policies. Twitter also blocked the campaign’s post with the video, saying it had violated company rules on coronavirus misinformation. The account was barred from posting new tweets until the offending post was removed, a typical procedure, Twitter said. The video Trump’s campaign posted Wednesday was of an interview held earlier in the day with Fox News.
Former deputy AG testifies to panel
Former deputy attorney general Sally Yates told Congress that President Donald Trump’s incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn in late 2016 had secretly “neutered” Obama administration actions toward Russia, prompting an investigation that consumed the early days of Trump’s presidency. Yates has been a target of Trump and many Republicans for her brief oversight of the investigation of Russia’s election interference and possible conspiracy with the Trump campaign four years ago. She testified via video before the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has been highly critical of the FBI’s handling of that case. Graham’s review of the Russia investigation is one of two in the Republican-controlled Senate focused on reviewing the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. The president’s allies leading those reviews say they are focused on exposing misconduct and working to restore public confidence in federal law enforcement. Critics, including congressional Democrats, say they are a politically motivated attempt to rewrite history and help the incumbent in an election year.
Order restores right to vote for felons
Felons in Iowa who have completed their sentences regained the right to vote and hold public office under an executive order from Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, whose decision ended Iowa’s status as the last state in the country to disenfranchise all felons for life. At a signing ceremony at the Iowa Capitol, Reynolds said her order requires Iowans convicted of felonies to complete any prison time, probation or special sentence before their right to participate in elections is restored. The order excludes people convicted of homicide, who must apply individually to regain their right to vote, she said.
Teens with gun jump wall at Mar-a-Lago
Three teenagers fleeing police while carrying a semiautomatic gun in a backpack jumped a wall at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, but probably didn’t know that’s where they were, authorities said. Palm Beach Police spokesman Michael Ogrodnick said the 15-year-old boys were arrested shortly after they entered the grounds of the resort Friday and dumped the backpack, which contained a mini AK-47 with a loaded 14-round magazine. He said the three are lucky that neither the president nor any family members were there, because Secret Service agents might have shot them. The club is closed for the summer. “They had no idea where they were,” Ogrodnick said.