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G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Affirms Russia Attacked Election, and Urges Action

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WASHINGTON — As President Trump amplifies unsubstantiated claims of Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee reaffirmed on Tuesday that Russian operatives engaged in a widespread social media campaign to improve his chances in the race.

In a report, the committee backed up the conclusions of the intelligence community, the special counsel and researchers that Russia mounted a broad campaign to interfere in the election. A Russian troll farm central to the election campaign supported “Donald Trump at the direction of the Kremlin,” the committee said.

The panel said Congress should consider new disclosure requirements for political ads online, which unlike television or radio ads do not need to carry information about who paid for them. A bill introduced in 2017 by the top Democrat on the committee, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, to put into effect new rules for online ads has failed to gain much momentum.

The report is nonetheless the latest call for lawmakers to reconsider the lax system of regulations that governs Silicon Valley, as Americans have learned more about the way platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can be used to make money off users’ personal information and to spread disinformation.

“Issues such as privacy rules, identity validation, transparency in how data is collected and used, and monitoring for inauthentic or malign content, among others, deserve continued examination,” the committee said.

But lawmakers have little time to advance legislation meant to stem election interference on social media — or to check Silicon Valley more broadly — before the 2020 election. Capitol Hill has been seized in recent weeks by an impeachment inquiry into Mr. Trump, making the normally difficult task of forging bipartisan consensus on other issues even more challenging.

The lawmakers also called for the Trump administration to take steps to respond to the threat, including setting up a task force of federal agencies to monitor attempts by foreign governments to interfere with democratic processes on social media.

“The committee recommends that the executive branch should, in the run-up to the 2020 election, reinforce with the public the danger of attempted foreign interference in the 2020 election,” the panel said.

But Mr. Trump has long tried to play down or deny Russia’s role in the 2016 election. On a call with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that is at the core of the impeachment inquiry, Mr. Trump suggested that Ukraine might have played a part in efforts to sway the race.

That conspiracy theory runs counter to the conclusion published Tuesday by the Intelligence Committee: Operatives at the Russian troll farm, the Internet Research Agency, used a wide range of online platforms to share content they felt could drive a wedge through the American electorate to influence the presidential election.

“The bipartisan work that this committee has done to uncover and detail the extent of that effort has significantly advanced the public’s understanding of how, in 2016, Russia took advantage of our openness and innovation, exploiting American-bred social media platforms to spread disinformation, divide the public and undermine our democracy,” Mr. Warner said in a statement.

Russian operatives running the campaign used a wide variety of platforms, from giants like Facebook and Instagram to smaller players like LiveJournal, a once-popular American blogging service now owned by a Russian firm.

The committee’s report backed the conclusion of outside researchers that African-Americans had been a significant target of Russia’s persuasion efforts. Its report said the “committee found that no single group of Americans was targeted by I.R.A. information operatives more than African-Americans.”

It also highlighted that Russian activity had actually increased after Election Day 2016. Internet Research Agency activity went up 59 percent on Facebook, 238 percent on its subsidiary Instagram, 84 percent on YouTube and 52 percent on Twitter after the election, it said.

“Russia is waging an information warfare campaign against the U.S. that didn’t start and didn’t end with the 2016 election,” said Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina and the chairman of the committee.

Tech companies have taken additional steps since 2016 to weed out attempts at foreign interference using illicit accounts. Their dragnet has spread far beyond Russia: Facebook and Twitter recently took down accounts originating in China that had pushed messages meant to discredit protesters in Hong Kong.

The committee said major tech companies should work together and with government officials to share information crucial to combating disinformation.

“We’re working closely with governments, outside experts and other companies to identify threats and share information,” Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman, said in a statement. “We have also invested in technology and people to block and remove fake accounts; find and remove coordinated manipulation campaigns; and bring unprecedented transparency to political advertising.”

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Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton: Run for president again! Clinton to Trump: Do your job!

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US President Donald Trump says the impeachment inquiry is a “scam” that is driving his poll numbers higher and he says he sort of thrives on it, but admits it “makes it harder to do my job.” (Oct. 7) AP, AP

WASHINGTON – Engaging in a favorite pastime, President Donald Trump taunted Hillary Clinton and the 2020 Democratic candidates on Tuesday by saying she should run for the White House again – only to have Clinton taunt back.

“Don’t tempt me,” she tweeted at Trump. “Do your job.”

She was responding to an earlier post in which Trump said: “I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren.”

He also listed one “condition” of her renewed candidacy, saying Clinton should disclose the reason she deleted emails from her time as secretary of State for President Barack Obama.

Clinton responded a few hours later with her own taunting tweet.

Trump’s hit came as he as under impeachment investigation for asking Ukraine’s president to investigate another Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.

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GOP rep introduces resolution to expel Nancy Pelosi from House

A Louisiana Republican congressman introduced a resolution Tuesday to expel Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., from the House of Representatives, the latest sign that frustration in the GOP is building as Democrats continue their impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

Rep. Ralph Abraham’s resolution stands no realistic chance of passing in the Democratic-controlled House. Likewise, Republicans have argued that Democrats’ potential articles of impeachment are all but certain to stall if they ever reach the Senate.

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“Nancy Pelosi’s vicious crusade against our lawfully-elected President is nothing more than a politically-motivated witch hunt and it must be stopped,” Abraham said in a statement. “She has disgraced the people’s House and weaponized the Speaker’s gavel for her party’s political gain.”

Abraham added: “House Democrats spent nearly three years obsessed with election meddling only to dwarf any such efforts with their own deceitful plan to nullify the 2016 election and prevent President Trump from winning in 2020. I have introduced a resolution calling for her to be expelled from the House and for the Speaker’s Office to be vacated.”

Fox News is told that the resolution has been closely held, and hasn’t secured many Republican cosponsors — but that Abraham’s office expects it to gain traction.

The text of the resolution reads simply: “Resolved, That pursuant to Article 1, Section 5, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, Representative Nancy Pelosi be, and she hereby is, expelled from the House of Representatives and the Office of the Speaker is declared to be vacant.”

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That constitutional clause holds that “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.”

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Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., is calling for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s ouster. (U.S. House of Representatives)

The Trump administration has mirrored congressional Republicans’ aggressive approach in response to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. The State Department on Tuesday barred Gordon Sondland, the U.S. European Union ambassador, from appearing before a House panel conducting the probe.

“I would love to send Ambassador Sondland, a really good man and great American, to testify, but unfortunately he would be testifying before a totally compromised kangaroo court, where Republican’s rights have been taken away, and true facts are not allowed out for the public to see,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The strategy risks further provoking Democrats in the impeachment probe, setting up court challenges and the potential for lawmakers to draw up an article of impeachment accusing Trump of obstructing their investigations. California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, said that Sondland’s no-show would be grounds for obstruction of justice and could give a preview of what some of the articles of impeachment against Trump would entail.

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But as lawmakers seek to amass ammunition to be used in an impeachment trial, the White House increasingly believes all-out warfare is its best course of action.

“What they did to this country is unthinkable. It’s lucky that I’m the president. A lot of people said very few people could handle it. I sort of thrive on it,” Trump said Monday at the White House. “You can’t impeach a president for doing a great job. This is a scam.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California Takes New Steps To Stop Black Women From Dying In Childbirth

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Monday aiming to address the issue of Black women dying in childbirth at disproportionately high rates compared to their white peers.

The legislation, authored by California state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D), will require hospitals and clinics in the state to implement implicit bias training for all health care providers working in perinatal services. Sponsored by NARAL, Black Women for Wellness and other groups, the bill also requires the state’s health department to track and publish additional data around pregnancy-related deaths in an effort to better understand the issue. 

The U.S. has the worst maternal mortality rate among all developed countries. And the risk of pregnancy-related deaths is three to four times higher for Black women than for white women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most pregnancy-related deaths in the United States are fully preventable — and they can happen up to a year after a person gives birth, according to a recent CDC report.

“Black women do deserve better,” Mitchell, who is a Black mother, said in a news release last month. “Bias, implicit or explicit, should no longer impact a woman’s ability to deliver a full-term baby or to survive childbirth.” 

“I charge Black women to ask their provider before selecting an obstetrician, ‘Have you gone through implicit bias training? Because I want to increase the likelihood of my survival when delivering this baby,’” she added. 

The issue of Black maternal mortality garnered new attention recently after tennis star Serena Williams and singer Beyoncé publicly discussed the difficulties and complications they faced in childbirth. 

Lawmakers — including Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.), Cory Booker (N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) — have also raised alarm about the high rates of maternal mortality in the U.S, specifically for Black women. 

“The best studies that I’ve seen put it down to just one thing: prejudice,” Warren said at a forum in April. “Doctors and nurses don’t hear African American women’s medical issues the same way as they hear the same things from white women.”

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Hailey Baldwin shares Bible verse after Justin Bieber gets backlash from Taylor Swift fans

Hailey Baldwin posted a Bible verse on Instagram shortly after she and husband, Justin Bieber, faced backlash from Taylor Swift fans.

The 22-year-old model shared a translated verse about togetherness and getting along Monday night after a video she recorded with Bieber caught severe heat on social media.

“How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!” the quote read. “It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion. Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life. Psalm 133:1-3.”

According to Us Weekly, the line is from Eugene H. Peterson’s 2002 book “The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.”

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Many believe the quote is an attempt from Baldwin to smooth things over after she and Bieber made a parody video of a clip Swift’s mother sent to “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” The clip depicts the Grammy-winner crying over a banana while high on medication after undergoing LASIK eye surgery.

Baldwin filmed as Bieber recreated the viral moment for his Instagram Live. The move clearly rubbed Swift fans the wrong way as their jabs eventually prompted a response from Baldwin.

In a series of since-deleted tweets, Baldwin addressed the backlash directly.

“I never knew I could make somebody so upset. Truly I’m so sorry you’re THIS upset?!” she said (via People). “Lord have mercy I hope I’m never this upset about someone I don’t know!!”

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“Listen. I think it’s awesome how passionate you are and how hard you ride for someone you’re a fan of, it’s beautiful how dedicated you are,” Baldwin continued. “If there’s something I did to personally hurt you or offend you I’m sorry, it’s not my intention to upset you by any means but being angry at someone you don’t know does nothing for you. I know cause I been there.. all it’s gonna do is make you miserable. Don’t let ME of all people get you feeling that way. Trust me, I’m not worth the energy, nobody should be worth that energy.”

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin married for the second time in September. (Getty Images)

Bieber and Baldwin tied the knot for a second time in a ceremony on Sept. 30 in South Carolina. The couple, who secretly married at a New York City courthouse in September 2018, wanted a second, more religious ceremony that included friends and family. People reported that the new wedding took place at Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton.

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According to the outlet, citing a source, the pair exchanged vows at Somerset Chapel in front of 154 guests.

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Hailey Baldwin shares Bible verse after Justin Bieber gets backlash from Taylor Swift fans

Hailey Baldwin posted a Bible verse on Instagram shortly after she and husband, Justin Bieber, faced backlash from Taylor Swift fans.

The 22-year-old model shared a translated verse about togetherness and getting along Monday night after a video she recorded with Bieber caught severe heat on social media.

“How wonderful, how beautiful, when brothers and sisters get along!” the quote read. “It’s like costly anointing oil flowing down head and beard, Flowing down Aaron’s beard, flowing down the collar of his priestly robes. It’s like the dew on Mount Hermon flowing down the slopes of Zion. Yes, that’s where God commands the blessing, ordains eternal life. Psalm 133:1-3.”

According to Us Weekly, the line is from Eugene H. Peterson’s 2002 book “The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.”

HAILEY BALDWIN, JUSTIN BIEBER SHARE WEDDING PHOTOS

Many believe the quote is an attempt from Baldwin to smooth things over after she and Bieber made a parody video of a clip Swift’s mother sent to “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” The clip depicts the Grammy-winner crying over a banana while high on medication after undergoing LASIK eye surgery.

Baldwin filmed as Bieber recreated the viral moment for his Instagram Live. The move clearly rubbed Swift fans the wrong way as their jabs eventually prompted a response from Baldwin.

In a series of since-deleted tweets, Baldwin addressed the backlash directly.

“I never knew I could make somebody so upset. Truly I’m so sorry you’re THIS upset?!” she said (via People). “Lord have mercy I hope I’m never this upset about someone I don’t know!!”

JUSTIN BIEBER TEASES NEW ‘WEDDING MUSIC’ AFTER RELIGIOUS NUPTIALS WITH HAILEY BALDWIN

“Listen. I think it’s awesome how passionate you are and how hard you ride for someone you’re a fan of, it’s beautiful how dedicated you are,” Baldwin continued. “If there’s something I did to personally hurt you or offend you I’m sorry, it’s not my intention to upset you by any means but being angry at someone you don’t know does nothing for you. I know cause I been there.. all it’s gonna do is make you miserable. Don’t let ME of all people get you feeling that way. Trust me, I’m not worth the energy, nobody should be worth that energy.”

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin married for the second time in September. (Getty Images)

Bieber and Baldwin tied the knot for a second time in a ceremony on Sept. 30 in South Carolina. The couple, who secretly married at a New York City courthouse in September 2018, wanted a second, more religious ceremony that included friends and family. People reported that the new wedding took place at Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton.

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According to the outlet, citing a source, the pair exchanged vows at Somerset Chapel in front of 154 guests.

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Fed Chair Powell Signals Balance Sheet Will Grow Soon After Recent Market Turmoil

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DENVER — The Federal Reserve chair, Jerome H. Powell, said on Tuesday that the central bank would once again begin expanding its portfolio of government-backed securities and continued to leave the door open to another interest rate cut this month.

While “policy is not on a preset course,” Mr. Powell said, the Fed will “act as appropriate to support continued growth.”

Mr. Powell, in a speech prepared for delivery at an economics conference in Denver, emphasized that the Fed’s next meeting was several weeks away. He said officials were monitoring weaker global growth and uncertainties arising from trade tensions and Britain’s negotiations to leave the European Union.

While he demurred on whether the Fed will cut interest rates for a third time since July, he offered the clearest signal yet that the Fed will soon begin to buy government-backed bonds to expand its balance sheet.

But Mr. Powell emphasized that the coming move is not equivalent to the large bond-buying campaign that the Fed undertook during the Great Recession. That effort, known as quantitative easing, was meant to lift the economy at a difficult moment. The Fed’s effort now would be aimed largely at avoiding the type of volatility that took place in mid-September when a shortage of dollars in an obscure part of the financial market pushed interest rates above the Fed’s intended range.

The central bank has been saying for months that it will eventually need to expand its bond holdings again to keep an ample supply of banking reserves — currency deposits at the Fed — in the financial system.

“That time is now upon us,” Mr. Powell said. He added that the Fed “will soon announce measures to add to the supply of reserves over time.”

Mr. Powell’s speech underscores the challenging juncture facing the central bank, from both a policy-setting and a communications standpoint. Officials want to make sure that monetary policy is appropriately set to insulate the economy from any potential shocks. But they are trying to gauge whether that requires future policy adjustments at a time when domestic economic data is generally holding up and the consumer appears resilient.

Policymakers must also explain why they are resuming balance sheet expansion after stopping their efforts to shrink their holdings in August, a move that came earlier than originally planned. Officials are trying to make clear that the change is purely technical — meant to keep money markets functioning smoothly and the Fed’s policy interest rate at the right level — and not an attempt to stoke the economy.

President Trump’s regular criticism of the central bank risks further clouding the message. The president has spent months calling for interest rate cuts and an end to balance sheet shrinking. While the Fed operates independently of the White House and officials say their moves are based on economic developments and not politics, there is a risk that some onlookers will believe the central bank has capitulated to Mr. Trump.

The Fed has cut interest rates twice since July as trade uncertainty weighs on business investment and a global manufacturing slowdown hits American factories. While officials often repeat that the United States economy is solid, changes to interest rates take awhile to filter though the economy. Policymakers set them with an eye toward how future growth appears to be shaping up — not just how the data looks today.

Risks to that outlook have been running high. Germany’s economy seems to be on the brink of a recession, and China’s economy is slowing. While Chinese trade negotiators are in Washington this week, it remains unclear whether a comprehensive resolution to the trade war can be reached. Britain’s negotiations to exit the European Union are reportedly on shaky ground.

Signs are also mounting that the United States economy may be slowing. Job gains have cooled off, and wage growth seems to have plateaued. Indexes gauging both manufacturing and services have weakened. Despite that, Mr. Powell painted an optimistic picture of the current state of the economy on Tuesday.

“At present, the jobs and inflation pictures are favorable,” he said. “Many indicators show a historically strong labor market, with solid job gains, the unemployment rate at half-century lows and rising prime-age labor force participation.”

Still, he added, “there are risks to this favorable outlook, principally from global developments.”

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Security officer shoots, kills suspected burglar at Dallas Apple store, police say

A security guard fatally shot an armed burglar inside a Dallas Apple store Tuesday morning, according to police.

The shooting took place around 2:30 a.m., police said in a press release. At that time, the store was open because of overnight construction, Fox 4 reported.

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A suspected burglar was shot and killed by a security guard in an Apple store early Tuesday, according to police.  (Fox 4 KDFW)

A police spokesman said the store’s back door was open so construction workers could go in and out. The suspect, clad in body armor and armed with an assault rifle, entered the rear of the building “in an attempt to commit a robbery,” Sgt. Warren Mitchell said.

The burglar then allegedly tried to disarm a security guard who was sitting by the door. The security guard pulled out his weapon and fired “multiple shots at the suspect,” Mitchell said.

The burglar fled the store but collapsed in an alley. He was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

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“The loss of life is a tragedy and we are grateful that no one else was involved. Apple cares deeply about the safety of our customers and employees and we are committed to providing a secure environment for all who enter our stores,” the company said in a statement.

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The case is being investigated by the Dallas Police Department’s Special Investigations United because the security guard is a retired Dallas cop.

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Lindsey Graham Vows ‘Sanctions From Hell’ On Turkey If It Invades Syria

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is vowing to hit Turkey with “sanctions from hell” if it carries out its plan to invade northern Syria.

Delivering his warning in a tweet Tuesday, Graham said congressional action would be “wide, deep, and devastating.” The threat comes just two days after the Trump administration announced it would step aside as Turkey gears up to move into the region, leaving American-allied Kurdish fighters to fend for themselves.

Graham has spoken out vociferously against President Donald Trump’s decision, which was announced Sunday, slamming it as a betrayal of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of local militias battling the self-declared Islamic State. The senator is one of several prominent Republicans ― in addition to foreign policy experts ― who say that if U.S. troops pull out of northern Syria, Turkey would unleash attacks on Kurdish forces, whom it regards as terrorists.

The United States partnered with Kurdish forces and other local militias in 2015 to fight ISIS in northeastern Syria. Since then, around 1,000 U.S. troops have been stationed in the area backing the SDF.

On Monday, Graham urged Trump during a “Fox & Friends” interview and on social media to reconsider his decision, calling it “a disaster in the making” and “a stain on America’s honor.”

He also noted that he hopes the potential sanctions against Turkey “would be veto-proof.”

Trump has not backed down from his decision, but tweeted on Monday that he would “totally destroy and obliterate” Turkey’s economy if it “does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off-limits.”

On Tuesday, Trump defended the policy shift, tweeting, “in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters,” and praising U.S.-Turkey relations.

Continuing, he asserted that “any unforced or unnecessary fighting by Turkey will be devastating to their economy and to their very fragile currency.”

However, the same day, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said the country would not bow to pressure from the U.S.

“Where Turkey’s security is concerned, we determine our own path, but we set our own limits,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

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One arrested, two sought in fatal shooting of key witness in trial of Dallas cop Amber Guyger

One suspect was in custody and arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for two more in the death of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the murder trial of former officer Amber Guyger, who was convicted of killing a neighbor in his apartment, Dallas police said.

Deputy Police Chief Avery Moore said Brown was killed in a drug deal that devolved into a gunbattle. Brown was found shot to death in a parking lot Friday, two days after Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the September 2018 fatal shooting of Botham Jean. The accountant was eating ice cream in an apartment Guyger mistook for her own.

Moore said the man in custody, Jacquerious Mitchell, told authorities he, Thaddeous Charles Green and Michael Diaz Mitchell had gone to Dallas from Louisiana to buy drugs from Brown. An argument ensued, however, and Jacquerious Mitchell told authorities he was shot by Brown.

One of the other men then shot Brown, Moore said. Those men fled the scene, and a manhunt was underway for their capture, Moore said. Jacquerious Mitchell was recovering from his wounds.

Moore said 12 pounds of marijuana, other drugs and $4,000 were seized from Brown’s apartment.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and some community leaders in recent days had called for an independent investigation into Brown’s death and the Dallas police department. Moore said some had suggested police were somehow involved.

“I assure you that is simply not true,” Moore said. “I encourage those leaders to be mindful of their actions moving forward because their words have jeopardized the integrity of the city of Dallas as well as the Dallas Police Department.”

Brown’s testimony was crucial because he lived on the same floor as Guyger and heard them talking – but said he did not hear Guyger shout verbal commands or warnings before shooting Jean.

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Sherrilyn Ifill, the defense fund’s president, said Monday that it is critical to public confidence in the criminal justice system that witnesses who speak out against police violence are fully protected. Ifill said she supports the call by Jean’s family for a comprehensive federal investigation of the Dallas Police Department.

“The circumstances surrounding the murder of Mr. Brown cries out for answers,” Ifill said. “We urge state or federal authorities to follow the trail of misconduct left by this case and fully investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Brown’s death.”

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Lawyer S. Lee Merritt, who represents the Jean and Brown families, said Brown had expressed concern to prosecutors about testifying at Guyger’s trial. Two months after Jean’s death, Brown was wounded by a gunman who killed another man outside a Dallas nightclub. Brown was concerned that shooter would be looking for him, Merritt said in a social media post Tuesday.

Brown moved to California but went back to Dallas to testify when prosecutors threatened to issue a warrant for his arrest, Merritt said.

“Brown’s testimony was powerful, but it was also duplicative,” Merritt said. “Nothing he testified to couldn’t have been brought in by other witnesses. It wasn’t worth his life.”

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Guyger, 31, told authorities that on the night of the shooting she returned home from an extended shift for the police department when she parked on the wrong floor of her apartment building’s garage, walked down the wrong hallway and into the wrong apartment. She said she believed Jean, 26, was an intruder and shot him in self-defense.

Days later, Guyger was charged with murder and was fired. Last week, a jury convicted Guyger of murder and sentenced her to 10 years; under Texas state law, she must serve at least half the sentence to qualify for early release.

Jean’s brother, Brandt, and Judge Tammy Kemp both hugged Guyger after her sentencing. Kemp also gave Guyger a Bible.

Two days later, police were called to a parking lot where Brown was found lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“I just spoke with Joshua Brown’s mother. She is devastated. We all are,” Merritt posted on Twitter the next day. “Joshua Brown was a key witness in the murder of Botham Jean that helped put Amber Guyger away. We need answers.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

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