NEWS SUMMARY-INTELLIGENCE REPORT FRIDAY 5/29/2020 NEWSDUMP FRIDAY
(LIMITED AND SPORADIC POSTING THROUGHOUT THE DAY WITH POSTING LATE TONIGHT PAST MIDNIGHT EASTERN US TIME)
The situation in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area is being followed by the "Minneapolis Star-Tribune" at this link........MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE...More on the situation below as the day progresses.
Demonstrations and some violence in other cities over the killing of George Floyd. In Atlanta this evening a police car burned and acts of vandalism at the headquarters of CNN among other things....
Demonstrations in Washington DC and Los Angeles this evening as well, also in San Jose, California and in Denver. Other cities with reported protests included Cinncinati and Oakland and Sacramento. In New York City tonight dozens were arrested..........NBC NEW YORK VIDEO...........HUNDREDS GATHERED THIS EVENING OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE.....ASSOCIATED PRESS VIDEO
In Louisville, Kentucky tonight fires lit on the streets and a news crew from WAVE-TV ordered back from their position by a police officer firing pepper rounds that hit a reporter......WAVE-TV STORY WITH VIDEO EMBEDDED
Russian fighter jets intercepting a pair of US B-1B bombers that approached Russian airspace today. Russia says its interception was conducted in line with international rules......PRESS TV IRAN STORY
A US citizen jailed in Russia on espionage charges is back in prison after undergoing emergency surgery. Paul Whelan, who hold citizenship from three other nations, underwent surgery Thursday for an inguinal hernia. The US Ambassador has spoken to Whelan who is set to be sentenced on June 15th.......TASS NEWS AGENCY STORY
Russia also reported to be planning new military facilities in Syria......SOUTHFRONT STORY
THE US NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS HEARD TWO APPEALS TODAY IN SAN FRANCISCO IN CONNECTION WITH THE APRIL 2014 BUNKERVILLE STANDOFF NEAR BUNDY RANCH IN NEVADA.
THE FIRST APPEAL THAT OF THE US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SEEKING TO REINSTATE CHARGES AGAINST KEY DEFENDANTS IN THE CASE INCLUDING CLIVEN AND AMMON BUNDY. A US DISTRICT JUDGE THREW OUT THE CHARGES OVER GROSS MISCONDUCT BY FEDERAL PROSECUTORS.
ASSISTANT US ATTORNEY ELIZABETH WHITE ARGUING THAT WITH FAILURE TO TURN OVER THE DOCUMENTS DID NOT WARRANT DISMISSAL OF CHARGES WITH ATTORNEY AMY CLEARY ARGUING THAT THE EVIDENCE HIDDEN FROM DEFENSE LAWYERS BY THE FEDERAL PROSECUTORS PROVES THAT THE ACCUSED WERE 'SINCERELY AFRAID' AND 'FELT THEY WERE IN DANGER BY GOVERNMENT OVERREACH'........OREGONLIVE MAXINE BERNSTEIN STORY
THE OTHER APPEAL IS THE ONE OF TODD ENGEL, CONVICTED IN WHAT WAS SEEN AS A PROCESS SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE KEY DEFENDANTS WITH PROSECUTORS WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE FROM THE DEFENSE THAT WOULD HAVE PROVED HIS INNOCENCE.
MORE AT THIS FACEBOOK PAGE INCLUDING A LINK TO THE COURT'S VIDEO LINK....FACEBOOK LINK
Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arrested today. He's charged with third degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was seen in videos resting his knee on Floyd's neck after he was arrested and handcuffed Sunday. Floyd became unconscious and died Monday. He's being charged by the Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Chauvin in the Ramsey County Jail.
A federal investigation into Chauvin continues. The move by local authorities comes following protests in the greater Minneapolis area that have become increasingly violent with demonstrators demanding justice for Floyd.
A CNN REPORTER AND CAMERA CREW ARRESTED DURING A LIVE BROADCAST FROM MINNEAPOLIS THIS MORNING. THEY WERE LATER RELEASED.....BBC NEWS STORY
TONIGHT IN THE MINNEAPOLIS AREA A CURFEW BUT PROTESTERS ON THE STREETS YELLING "*UCK UOU" AMONG OTHER THINGS WITH A LARGE CROWD OUTSIDE THE FIFTH PRECINCT POLICE STATION......UNICORN RIOT LIVE VIDEO FROM MINNEAPOLIS.....REPORTING FROM MINNEAPOLIS THAT OUTNUMBERED POLICE ARE PULLED BACK AGAIN TONIGHT.
The US Justice Department announcing indictments of 28 North Korean citizens and five Chinese citizens in connection with a banking network that provided financial support for North Korea's nuclear program........ASSOCIATED PRESS STORY PUBLISHED BY YAHOO NEWS
This week the US Justice Department dropping investigations into three US Senators over insider trading related to knowledge about the coronavirus situation. The Senators inolved Republicans Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and James Inhofe of Oklahoma along with Democrat Diane Feinstein of California.
But the probe of another US Senator is continuing. Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina still being investigated......NBC NEWS STORY
The Justice Department also moving this week on its probe into the origins of the Russian collusion probe of President Trump and his 2016 election campaign.
A federal prosecutor from West Texas appointed to help an ongoing criminal investigation by Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham. John Bash will focus on how General Michael Flynn was 'unmasked' by top officials in early 2017 during the Obama Administration......CNN STORY
The Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassifying conversations between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. These conversations before Flynn assumed his post part of the Russian collusion investigation that led to the prosecution and conviction of Flynn.
The Justice Department wants the case dropped against Flynn but US District Judge Emmet Sullivan, presiding in the case, is resisting.....DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS MICHAEL FLYNN RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR CONVERSATIONS
PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCING A SERIES OF ACTIONS RELATED TO CHINA FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN A LIVE NEWS CONFERENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
THE PRESIDENT SAYING THAT CHINA MISLED THE WORLD ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS AND THAT THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IS UNDER CHINESE CONTROL. HE ANNOUNCED THAT THE UNITED STATES IS WITHDRAWING FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE WHO.
PRESIDENT TRUMP ALSO ACTING TO LIMIT US INVESTMENT IN CHINESE FIRMS AND ACCESS TO US UNIVERSITIES FOR CHINESE SCHOLARS.......PRESIDENT TRUMP'S STATEMENT VIDEO
THE PRESIDENT ALSO CRITICIZED CHINA'S ACTIONS RELATED TO HONG KONG WHICH WERE DISCUSSED BY THE UNITED STATES AND UNITED KINGDOM AT A UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL VIRTUAL CLOSED SESSION TODAY....REUTERS NEWS STORY
A lawsuit filed Friday on behalf of four women who claim they were sexually assaulted by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein is currently serving a 23 year prison sentence in New York after being convicted of rape and sexual assault......THE INDEPENDENT UK NEWS STORY
Police in the UK are saying that any violation of house arrest lockdown rules by a key aide to British Prime Minster Boris Johnson would have been a "minor" one. That opinion being offered by Durham Police over the 250 plus mile trip taken by Dominic Cummings in spite of the coronavirus emergency rules . Opposition parties and 40 MP's from the Prime Minister's Conservative Party want Cummings to be fired. Mr. Johnson sees the matter as now settled.....BBC NEWS
The coronavirus story around the world today from the BBC News blog......BBC NEWS CORONAVIRUS BLOG 5/29/2020
For now that's the way it really is Friday May 29th, 2020 Newsdump Friday......