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Discussion Thread: Seventh Democratic Presidential Debate | 1/14/20 | 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM EST

Six candidates will be on stage Tuesday for the seventh Democratic Presidential Debate. In order to qualify for this debate, candidates needed to achieve at least 5 percent in four DNC-approved national or early-voting-state polls or at least 7 percent in two early-voting-state polls. Candidate also needed to have received donations from at least 225,000 unique donors and a minimum of 1,000 unique donors per state in at least 20 states.

The seventh Democratic debate is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14 and will be co-hosted by CNN and The Des Moines Register. The moderators will be Wolf Blitzer (CNN), Abby Phillip (CNN), and Brianne Pfannenstiel (The Des Moines Register). The debate will run from 9:00 to 11:00 PM EST.

The debate will air on CNN. It can also be streamed live on the CNN website (cable log-in not required), The Des Moines Register, CNN’s iOS and Android apps, and the CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV.

Candidates:

  • Former vice president Joe Biden

  • Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

  • Businessman Tom Steyer

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

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Texas teen shot in chest at high school; suspect on the loose, police say

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A teen was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon at a high school near Houston.

Emergency crews were seen performing CPR as the student was carried on a stretcher to an ambulance outside Bellaire High School. The student was shot in the chest, sources told KHOU 11. The school district confirmed the student’s death.

The suspect remains at large and all students were told to leave the school, Fox 26 Houston reported. Residents in Bellaire, Texas, were urged to avoid the area or remain at home.

There were conflicting media reports about whether the shooting occurred inside or outside of the school building.

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This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Tom Homan: On illegal immigration, Democratic presidential candidates should answer these crucial questions

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The Democrats running for their party’s presidential nomination are running away from reality with their irresponsible positions on immigration and border security, moving further and further to the radical left and away from the views of most Americans in an unprecedented manner.

The extremist positions of the candidates will be bad news for America should one of them become our next president, but good news for President Trump in his reelection bid. That’s because Democratic extremism regarding illegal immigration will prompt millions of Americans to cast ballots for Trump in November.

We can all agree that the vast majority of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally are coming to find work and not to commit crimes, but that doesn’t give elected officials the right to ignore the law. And it would be naive to ignore the fact that a small but dangerous percentage of illegal immigrants are drug smugglers and violent criminals.

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Until now, every U.S. president – Democrat as well as Republican – has felt a responsibility to enforce our immigration laws, secure our border, and protect the American people from immigrant criminals.

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Congress can change our laws, of course. But unless that happens, ignoring laws only breeds contempt for them. And if a future president chooses to ignore some laws, what is to stop him or her from ignoring others? What, in fact, is the point of Congress even passing laws if the president can unilaterally decide to ignore any laws he or she dislikes?

The Democratic presidential contenders this year are ignoring their responsibility to enforce federal laws. Instead, they are seeking to open our borders wider and rejecting proven law enforcement actions needed to protect our national security.

I wish I had the opportunity to ask the Democratic presidential candidates a series of questions about their immigration positions at their debate Tuesday night or in future debates. I know that will never happen, so let me list here the questions I would like to ask – questions that the American people should hear the Democratic candidates address:

Democratic candidates, do you believe laws enacted by Congress and signed by past presidents must be enforced, or does the president have the option of ignoring any law he or she doesn’t like?  If immigration laws can be ignored, what other laws would you ignore if elected? Be specific.    

We all know that children are not responsible for breaking the law when they are brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents or others. But are their parents responsible for breaking the law and should they be held accountable? Or do you believe that if parents bring children across the border illegally the parents should not be jailed, because they need to be free to care for their children? And if you believe this, what is the deterrence from others doing bringing in children illegally?

If adults know they will not face punishment for entering our country illegally as long as they bring children with them, won’t that encourage more adult illegal immigrants to bring children with them – even if those children are not their own?

And if a parent fails to leave when ordered and successfully hides for several years and has a child born in the U.S. (making that child an American citizen) should the parent be removed as required by a federal judge’s order, or is the parent automatically immune from the law because he or she successfully hid from authorities for a number of years? (This is the position of some of the Democratic candidates).

We know that 90 percent of Central Americans who come to our border and apply for asylum never get asylum from our courts. Doesn’t that make it obvious that most of their asylum claims are bogus?

Thousands of children of U.S. citizens get separated from their parents every day when their parents are jailed on criminal charges. The children are cared for by child protective services. If this system works for U.S. citizens arrested for crimes, why should it not work for immigrants arrested for illegally entering our country?

Should parents of minor children never be arrested and jailed for any crime, to ensure they are available to care for their children? Since you advocate this for illegal immigrants, why not advocate this for U.S. citizens? Do you suppose that this policy just might encourage more parents to commit more crimes?

Tens of thousands of children have been separated from their parents when their parents left them in Central. America and came to the U.S. illegally. Do the parents bear responsibility for abandoning their children, or is President Trump to blame?

Many parents then hired a criminal organization to smuggle their children into the U.S. These are what we refer to as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and there are tens of thousands of them. What would you do with these children?

During the period when federal authorities enforced a zero-tolerance policy against illegal immigration, the children were placed in a licensed childcare facility by the government while their parents were prosecuted. You now call that inhumane. Is it inhumane to hire a criminal organization to smuggle a child into the U.S. in a trunk of a car or in the back of a tractor-trailer? Do parents share in any responsibility for putting their children in the hands of a criminal organization and separating themselves?

What about the Angel Moms and Dads – parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants? The deaths of at least some of these children might have been prevented if we had true border security, no sanctuary jurisdictions, and enough Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to actually enforce the law in a meaningful way. Will you invite these parents to the White House if you are elected and explain to them why you support releasing illegal immigrants who are criminals back into U.S. communities where they might commit more murders, so more parents lose their children?

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Do you think your promises of free health care, free college tuition, decriminalizing entering the country illegally, abolishing ICE, your support of sanctuary cities, your desire to shut down all ICE detention facilities, and rewarding those who illegally enter our country with a pathway to citizenship will bring more or less illegal immigration to our country?

Do you think allowing more illegal immigrants into the U.S. will result in criminal cartels getting richer, more women being raped, and more children dying? An estimated 31 percent of all women who enter the U.S. illegally are sexually assaulted along the way and some children have died. What would you about this horrific problem?

And finally, do you think if Congress would have closed the loopholes that caused the unprecedented border surge of illegal immigration two years ago that this all could have been prevented? If Congress would have done this, there would have been no need for President Trump to declare a national emergency, no need for zero tolerance, and no need for increased family detention. Just think for a moment on how many women would not have been sexually assaulted, how many children might have been saved and how much less powerful the criminal cartels would be today.

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If members of Congress did their job to secure our border and support this president on border security, we could have the safest, most secure border we have ever had. And since some of you are members of Congress, is this partly your failure?

I don’t expect the media to ask all these questions at any debate. Many journalists have bought into the myth that any enforcement of our immigration laws is evil. But these are important questions that voters should think about before casting their ballots for president in November.

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House Democrats Just Dropped a Boatload of Impeachment Documents That Look Really Bad for Trump

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China Trade Deal Details Protections for American Firms

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WASHINGTON — The trade deal that President Trump will sign on Wednesday includes commitments by China to curtail practices that American firms complain put them at a disadvantage and force them to hand over valuable intellectual property to Chinese firms, according to several people with knowledge of the deal.

Those concessions, along with China’s agreement to buy $200 billion worth of American goods and to allow greater access to its markets, are expected to be announced at a White House ceremony for the signing of the long-awaited trade deal.

As part of the agreement, China has promised to punish Chinese firms that infringe on or steal corporate trade secrets, satisfying a concern of American businesses. China will also refrain from directing Chinese companies to obtain delicate foreign technologies through acquisitions, including halting purchases by state-owned enterprises that “harm” American interests. American officials say Beijing has used the practice to leap to the forefront of advanced industries, like semiconductors.

Another primary concern of American companies — a requirement that they turn over technology as a condition of doing business in the country — is also addressed in the deal. China has agreed not to force companies to transfer technology, which it has done by requiring joint ventures with Chinese firms and forcing companies to license their intellectual property at low prices.

Trump administration officials say the deal to be signed on Wednesday is only the first step in talks that are expected to help cool tensions between the world’s two largest economies and start to stabilize relations after more than a year of escalating threats from both sides. Mr. Trump has said the second phase of the agreement would be negotiated “at a later date.”

To prevent China from violating the agreement, the administration will continue to have tariffs on $360 billion worth of goods, along with the threat of future tariffs if China reneges on its promises. The deal does not include any agreement for future tariff reductions, according to a spokesman for the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

The success of the deal hinges on whether China will follow through on its commitments on paper — something Trump administration officials and China hawks say it has failed to do in the past. Some critics say China’s promises appear both broad and vague and overlap with other changes it has been pursuing anyway.

Still, the concessions may go at least part of the way toward resolving some of the business community’s concerns about China’s treatment of foreign firms and the kind of unfair trade practices that Mr. Trump said his administration would end.

The agreement was “more positive” than expected, Myron Brilliant, the executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said at a news conference in Beijing on Monday. He added that striking an agreement had calmed tensions in a long-running trade war.

“We are pleased from what we’ve heard,” Mr. Brilliant said.

Administration officials say the tariff threat gives the deal more teeth than previous pacts with China. But it also raises the possibility that both countries could wind up back in the same type of tit-for-tat trade war that has inflicted economic damage across the globe.

Text of the trade deal has not been made public in either English or Chinese. It appears to include significant concessions, but it remains to be seen how the pact’s legal language will translate into action.

For instance, China has yet to admit that it ever forced foreign companies to transfer technology to Chinese firms, said Derek Scissors, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Reading the agreement from the Chinese perspective, he said, they have committed to continue doing the same thing they have always been doing.

“We’ve had the Chinese agree in this public fashion to things we think were important before, and it hasn’t made a difference,” Mr. Scissors said.

Clete Willems, a partner at Akin Gump who helped to advise on trade policy until he left the administration last year, said the deal would fulfill three of the four major conditions laid out in the administration’s initial report that justified tariffs on Chinese goods. That included a requirement that China not direct its companies to acquire sensitive foreign technology.

Mr. Willems said the deal also contained new language protecting trade secrets, including a promise to set up judicial proceedings and criminal penalties for Chinese entities that steal confidential business information. It would also provide greater patent protection for the pharmaceutical sector.

The one major concern outlined in the administration’s report that was not addressed in the trade deal is cybertheft, Mr. Willems said. China had rebuffed American demands to include promises to refrain from hacking American firms in the text, insisting it was not a trade issue.

“We didn’t fix every single problem with China in this agreement, there is no question about that,” Mr. Willems said. “But what was done is really significant.”

Some analysts have expressed skepticism that a broad threat of tariffs on the overall Chinese economy would really deter Chinese companies bent on gaining a technological edge by stealing trade secrets.

Senator Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat, sent a letter to Mr. Trump on Tuesday expressing “serious concern” about the potential for entering into a weak trade deal.

“China pledging to make short-term purchases of American goods will not address the fundamental problems that undermine long-term U.S. economic opportunity, prosperity, and security,” he said.

The Trump administration itself has cited China’s failure to live up to its agreements. In March 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative detailed a pattern of failed promises by the Chinese government to no longer force foreign companies to transfer technology to Chinese firms. China had failed to live up to that commitment “on at least eight occasions since 2010,” the trade office said.

The deal also includes large purchasing agreements that Mr. Trump has said will raise exports and shrink the American trade deficit with China, but that experts say might be hard to achieve.

As part of the agreement, China has committed to purchasing an additional $200 billion of goods over the next two years. That total includes $50 billion of new oil and gas exports, $32 billion of new agriculture, $78 billion of additional manufactured goods and $38 billion of new services, according to three people briefed on the deal.

Some trade experts have said the agricultural export commitments, which would translate to $16 billion in new shipments a year, would be difficult to meet without rerouting shipments to other countries.

But the targets for manufacturing and services, which includes tourism and education, may be even harder. The number of Chinese students coming to the United States has been trending downward. And exports of manufactured goods, which will include Boeing airplanes, medical devices, automobiles and auto parts and factory equipment, are set far above current levels.

The agreement also includes substantial changes to Chinese regulations surrounding food, which Robert Lighthizer, Mr. Trump’s chief negotiator, discussed in a briefing with reporters in December. The changes will reduce barriers for products including meat, poultry, pet food, seafood, animal feed, baby formula, dairy and biotech, likely increasing American exports to China in those categories.

The first-phase agreement does not address some of the administration’s bigger concerns about China’s economic practices, including its use of subsidies and state plans to build domestic industries that flood the global market with low-priced products, often driving American competitors out of business. Critics say the practice has undermined American industries like steel and solar panels, and could prove detrimental to high-tech manufacturers of electric vehicles, computer chips and robots.

The Trump administration, which had hoped to curtail state subsidies as part of a trade deal, tried to head off criticism on Tuesday morning by announcing progress on a multilateral effort to address these practices.

Mr. Lighthizer met with ministers from Japan and the European Union in Washington, and resolved to press for changes at the World Trade Organization that would ban many of the subsidies that China provides to its industries.

He said the three countries would work together to restrict a variety of unfair subsidies and funds provided through state-owned enterprises, which the W.T.O. had previously ruled were not subject to its subsidy rules. Both are practices China has relied on.

Jennifer Hillman, a trade expert at the Council on Foreign Relations who has worked at both trade office and the W.T.O., said the statement represented “great promise to correct one of the major problems with the W.T.O. rules: its inability to discipline subsidies.”

“What remains to be seen is whether these good ideas can be brought into a formal agreement that is binding on China and others,” she said.

Keith Bradsher contributed reporting from Beijing.

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Boris Johnson rejects Scotland’s request for 2nd independence referendum

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected Scotland’s demand for a second independence referendum, nearly six years after Scots voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

“The Scottish people voted decisively to keep our United Kingdom together, a result which both the Scottish and U.K. governments committed to respect,” Johnson wrote in a letter Tuesday to Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who requested the second vote.

Johnson reminded Sturgeon that the 2014 referendum — in which more than 55 percent of Scots favored being part of the U.K. — was a “once in a generation” vote.

“Another independence referendum would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade, with Scottish schools, hospitals and jobs again left behind because of a campaign to separate the U.K.,” he wrote.

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Sturgeon, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party, cited uncertainty surrounding Great Britain’s departure from the European Union as a reason for the push.

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She said that most Scots voted against Brexit in 2016.

“If we are to safeguard Scotland’s interests, we cannot wait indefinitely,” Sturgeon told Scottish lawmakers in Holyrood last year. “That is why I consider that a choice between Brexit and a future for Scotland as an independent European nation should be offered in the lifetime of this Parliament.”

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RELEASED: Alarming New Impeachment Evidence From Rudy Pal

The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released a collection of new evidence obtained from Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, that looks into how Giuliani communicated with the president of Ukraine on behalf of President Donald Trump

Among the documents was a previously unseen handwritten note by Parnas, a Florida businessman who helped Giuliani try to dig up dirt on one of Trump’s political rivals.

The note read: “Get Zalensky to announce that the Biden case will be investigated.”

The new evidence also includes letters sent to then-Ukranian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky from Giuliani and WhatsApp message exchanges between Parnas and a man who apparently tracked the location of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in March.

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U.S. House Intelligence Committee The House Intelligence Committee obtained more documents from Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas to use as evidence in Trump’s impeachment inquiry.

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Parnas and Igor Fruman, another Giuliani associate, were arrested in October on claims that they funneled foreign money into Trump’s presidential campaign as the House continued its impeachment inquiry.

As seen in the documents obtained by lawmakers, Parnas received messages from Robert F. Hyde in March 2019 with details on Yovanovitch’s location in Ukraine from people who were apparently spying on the diplomat in Kyiv. Hyde is a Connecticut congressional candidate, The Daily Beast confirmed with Parnas’ lawyer.

“Wow. Can’t believe Trumo [sic] hasn’t fired this bitch. I’ll get right in that,” Hyde wrote to Parnas before sending him a series of updates on her location and movements.

“They are willing to help if we/you would like a price,” Hyde said in another message. “Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money… what I was told.”

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HuffPost US Robert F. Hyde was apparently tracking the location of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, according to WhatsApp messages to Parnas.

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HuffPost US Hyde apparently had contacts in Kyiv who were willing to track Yovanovitch for money.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) sent the additional evidence to the House Judiciary Committee on two flash drives on Tuesday. It was submitted to be included as part of the official records sent to the Senate, along with the articles of impeachment against Trump.

Schiff described the documents as “pertinent to the impeachment inquiry” in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.). 

“Despite the President’s unprecedented and sweeping obstruction of our impeachment inquiry, we have continued to collect additional evidence relevant to the President’s scheme to abuse his power by pressing Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election for the President’s benefit,” the chairs of four House committees said in a statement Tuesday.

The four ― Schiff, Nadler, Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) ― described the evidence submitted by Parnas as a “trove of documents that provide more information about the effort to coerce Ukraine into helping the President’s reelection campaign.”

Weeks after his arrest, Parnas agreed to comply with the impeachment inquiry by testifying and giving lawmakers access to phone records and documents seized during his arrest. Over the weekend, Parnas’s attorney asked a judge to allow him to hand over even more documents that were “essential” to Trump’s impeachment inquiry, including records from two cellphones and an iPad. 

The House is scheduled to vote on whether to send the articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate on Wednesday.

This story has been updated to detail WhatsApp messages included in the release.

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Apple Takes a (Cautious) Stand Against Opening a Killer’s iPhones

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SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is privately preparing for a legal fight with the Justice Department to defend encryption on its iPhones while publicly trying to defuse the dispute, as the technology giant navigates an increasingly tricky line between its customers and the Trump administration.

Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has marshaled a handful of top advisers, while Attorney General William P. Barr has taken aim at the company and asked it to help penetrate two phones used by a gunman in a deadly shooting last month at a naval air station in Pensacola, Fla.

Executives at Apple have been surprised by the case’s quick escalation, said people familiar with the company who were not authorized to speak publicly. And there is frustration and skepticism among some on the Apple team working on the issue that the Justice Department hasn’t spent enough time trying to get into the iPhones with third-party tools, said one person with knowledge of the matter.

The situation has become a sudden crisis at Apple that pits Mr. Cook’s longstanding commitment to protecting people’s privacy against accusations from the United States government that it is putting the public at risk. The case resembles Apple’s clash with the F.B.I. in 2016 over another dead gunman’s phone, which dragged on for months.

This time, Apple is facing off against the Trump administration, which has been unpredictable. The stakes are high for Mr. Cook, who has built an unusual alliance with President Trump that has helped Apple largely avoid damaging tariffs in the trade war with China. That relationship will now be tested as Mr. Cook confronts Mr. Barr, one of the president’s closest allies.

“We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements,” Mr. Trump said Tuesday in a post on Twitter. “They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country.”

Apple declined to comment on the issue on Tuesday. Late Monday, after Mr. Barr had complained that the company had provided no “substantive assistance” in gaining access to the phones used in the Pensacola shooting, Apple said it rejected that characterization. It added that “encryption is vital to protecting our country and our users’ data.”

But Apple also offered conciliatory language, in a sign that it did not want the showdown to intensify. The company said it was working with the F.B.I. on the Pensacola case, with its engineers recently holding a call to provide technical assistance.

“We will work tirelessly to help them investigate this tragic attack on our nation,” Apple said.

At the heart of the tussle is a debate between Apple and the government over whether security or privacy trumps the other. Apple has said it chooses not to build a “backdoor” way for governments to get into iPhones and to bypass encryption because that would create a slippery slope that could damage people’s privacy.

The government has argued it is not up to Apple to choose whether to provide help, as the Fourth Amendment allows the government to violate individual privacy in the interest of public safety. Privacy has never been an absolute right under the Constitution, Mr. Barr said in a speech in October.

Mr. Cook publicly took a stand on privacy in 2016 when Apple fought a court order from the F.B.I. to open the iPhone of a gunman involved in a San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting. The company said it could open the phone in a month, using a team of six to 10 engineers. But in a blistering, 1,100-word letter to Apple customers at the time, Mr. Cook warned that creating a way for the authorities to gain access to someone’s iPhone “would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”

Bruce Sewell, Apple’s former general counsel who helped lead the company’s response in the San Bernardino case, said in an interview last year that Mr. Cook had staked his reputation on the stance. Had Apple’s board not agreed with the position, Mr. Cook was prepared to resign, Mr. Sewell said.

The San Bernardino case was bitterly contested by the government and Apple until a private company came forward with a way to break into the phone. Since then, Mr. Cook has made privacy one of Apple’s core values. That has set Apple apart from tech giants like Facebook and Google, which have faced scrutiny for vacuuming up people’s data to sell ads.

“It’s brilliant marketing,” Scott Galloway, a New York University marketing professor who has written a book on the tech giants, said of Apple. “They’re so concerned with your privacy that they’re willing to wave the finger at the F.B.I.”

Mr. Cook’s small team at Apple is now aiming to steer the current situation toward an outside resolution that doesn’t involve the company breaking its own security, even as it prepares for a potential legal battle over the issue, said the people with knowledge of the thinking.

Some of the frustration within Apple over the Justice Department is rooted in how police have previously exploited software flaws to break into iPhones. The Pensacola gunman’s phones were an iPhone 5 and an iPhone 7 Plus, according to a person familiar with the investigation who declined to be named because the detail was confidential.

Those phones, released in 2012 and 2016, lack Apple’s most sophisticated encryption. The iPhone 5 is even older than the device in the San Bernardino case, which was an iPhone 5C.

Security researchers and a former senior Apple executive who spoke on the condition of anonymity said tools from at least two companies, Cellebrite and Grayshift, have long been able to bypass the encryption on those iPhone models.

Cellebrite said in an email that it helps “thousands of organizations globally to lawfully access and analyze” digital information; it declined to comment on an active investigation. Grayshift declined to comment.

Cellebrite’s and Grayshift’s tools exploit flaws in iPhone software that let them remove limits on how many passwords can be tried before the device erases its data, the researchers said. Typically, iPhones allow 10 password attempts. The tools then use a so-called brute-force attack, or repeated automated attempts of thousands of passcodes, until one works.

“The iPhone 5 is so old, you are guaranteed that Grayshift and Cellebrite can break into those every bit as easily as Apple could,” said Nicholas Weaver, a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, who has taught iPhone security.

Chuck Cohen, who recently retired as head of the Indiana State Police’s efforts to break into encrypted devices, said his team used a $15,000 device from Grayshift that enabled it to regularly get into iPhones, particularly older ones, though the tool didn’t always work.

In the San Bernardino case, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General later found the F.B.I. had not tried all possible solutions before trying to force Apple to unlock the phone. In the current case, Mr. Barr and other Justice Department officials have said they have exhausted all options, though they declined to detail exactly why third-party tools have failed on these phones as the authorities seek to learn if the gunman acted alone or coordinated with others.

“The F.B.I.’s technical experts — as well as those consulted outside of the organization — have played an integral role in this investigation,” an F.B.I. spokeswoman said. “The consensus was reached, after all efforts to access the shooter’s phones had been unsuccessful, that the next step was to reach out to start a conversation with Apple.”

Security researchers speculated that in the Pensacola case, the F.B.I. might still be trying a brute-force attack to get into the phones. They said major physical damage may have impeded any third-party tools from opening the devices. The Pensacola gunman had shot the iPhone 7 Plus once and tried destroying the iPhone 5, according to F.B.I. photos.

The F.B.I. said it fixed the iPhones in a lab so that they would turn on, but the authorities still couldn’t bypass their encryption. Security researchers and the former Apple executive said any damage that prevented third-party tools from working would also preclude a solution from Apple.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said in an email: “Apple designed these phones and implemented their encryption. It’s a simple, ‘front-door’ request: Will Apple help us get into the shooter’s phones or not?”

While Apple has closed loopholes that police have used to break into its devices and resisted some law enforcement requests for access, it has also routinely helped police get information from phones in cases that don’t require it to break its encryption. Apple has held seminars for police departments on how to quickly get into a suspect’s phone, and it has a hotline and dedicated team to aid police in time-sensitive cases.

In the past seven years, Apple has also complied with roughly 127,000 requests from American law enforcement agencies for data stored on its computer servers. Such data is unencrypted and access is possible without a customer’s passcode.

In 2016, when the standoff between Apple and the government was at its most acrimonious, Mr. Cook said Congress should pass a law to decide the boundaries between public safety and technological security. In court filings, Apple even identified an applicable law, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act.

On Monday, Mr. Barr said the Trump administration had revived talks with Congress to come up with such a law.

Jack Nicas reported from San Francisco, and Katie Benner from Washington.

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Rikers Island guards charged with taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle in drugs

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Six New York City correctional officers and 15 others were charged with taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle drugs to inmates at Rikers Island jail complex, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

An investigation began in early 2019 by the FBI and the NYC Department of Investigation revealed how corrections officers and others allegedly smuggled in narcotics such as marijuana and K2  (a synthetic cannabinoid), along with an unauthorized smartphone.

In total, 21 were charged — six correctional officers, five inmates and seven other individuals. Three others are still being sought. All 21 are charged with conspiring to bribe corrections officers.

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Investigators said they found a dozen clear plastic bags of marijuana after searching one inmate involved in the scandal.

“Contraband smuggling enterprises have long plagued City jail facilities. The arrests today are another example of a pattern in which inmates and outside conspirators identify correction officers vulnerable to corruption, and use them to carry drugs and other illegal substances into the jails,” stated DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett.

As part of the investigation, law enforcement officers conducted surveillance and listened to recorded calls in which defendants used coded language to talk about the drugs. For example, “Oakland Raider jerseys” was code for marijuana, according to one prosecutor.

“I’m trying to get, um four ‘Oakland Raider jerseys’ [code for marijuana].  “…’Got Pink Panties’ [code for correctional officer] on the line right now, you heard? “ one inmate said to a co-conspirator in a recorded phone conversation. “Gangsta. You just gotta make it to the ‘Jungle’ [code for Brooklyn] to drop it off to them and, more or less, we lit from there.”

The corrections officers and others were expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

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In October, New York City lawmakers voted to close Rikers Island, one of the world’s largest jails. By 2026 the complex will be closed and replaced with four smaller jails throughout the city. The new facilities are meant to be more modern and humane and closer to the city’s courthouses.

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Rikers Island guards charged with taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle in drugs

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Six New York City correctional officers and 15 others were charged with taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle drugs to inmates at Rikers Island jail complex, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

An investigation began in early 2019 by the FBI and the NYC Department of Investigation revealed how corrections officers and others allegedly smuggled in narcotics such as marijuana and K2  (a synthetic cannabinoid), along with an unauthorized smartphone.

In total, 21 were charged — six correctional officers, five inmates and seven other individuals. Three others are still being sought. All 21 are charged with conspiring to bribe corrections officers.

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Investigators said they found a dozen clear plastic bags of marijuana after searching one inmate involved in the scandal.

“Contraband smuggling enterprises have long plagued City jail facilities. The arrests today are another example of a pattern in which inmates and outside conspirators identify correction officers vulnerable to corruption, and use them to carry drugs and other illegal substances into the jails,” stated DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett.

As part of the investigation, law enforcement officers conducted surveillance and listened to recorded calls in which defendants used coded language to talk about the drugs. For example, “Oakland Raider jerseys” was code for marijuana, according to one prosecutor.

“I’m trying to get, um four ‘Oakland Raider jerseys’ [code for marijuana].  “…’Got Pink Panties’ [code for correctional officer] on the line right now, you heard? “ one inmate said to a co-conspirator in a recorded phone conversation. “Gangsta. You just gotta make it to the ‘Jungle’ [code for Brooklyn] to drop it off to them and, more or less, we lit from there.”

The corrections officers and others were expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

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In October, New York City lawmakers voted to close Rikers Island, one of the world’s largest jails. By 2026 the complex will be closed and replaced with four smaller jails throughout the city. The new facilities are meant to be more modern and humane and closer to the city’s courthouses.

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