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Trey Gowdy: Why Susan Rice’s email to herself is the ‘most bizarre thing I’ve read’

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A recently declassified memo from former national security adviser Susan Rice is “the most bizarre thing” former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy has ever read, he said.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday with host Ed Henry, Gowdy explained that he was confounded by the email, which memorialized a high-level meeting prior to President Trump’s inauguration — two weeks after it happened.

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“I mean, it’s the most bizarre thing I’ve read,” Gowdy remarked. “It is, ‘Dear Diary, President Obama is perfect and Jim Comey says he’s done everything by the book.’ Well, I’d like to know what book he’s following.”

The Jan. 5, 2017 Oval Office meeting Rice documented, revealed that former President Barack Obama had provided guidance on how law enforcement should address Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Parts of the email had been previously released, but a section on former FBI Director James Comey’s response had been classified as “TOP SECRET” until now.

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In this photo taken April 29, 2016, National Security Adviser Susan Rice is seen on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The national security adviser is the president’s policy whisperer and confidant on military matters, diplomacy, intelligence, terrorism, even the odd hurricane. The adviser usually enjoys unmatched trust with the chief executive and lots of behind-the-scenes clout. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (The Associated Press)

The new section says Comey had suggested to Obama that the National Security Council (NSC) might not want to pass “sensitive information related to Russia” to Trump’s then-incoming national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn.

In addition, Rice wrote that Obama wanted to be sure that his outgoing administration was “mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that [they could not] share information fully as it relates to Russia.”

Comey reportedly reassured Obama, promising he was proceeding “by the book,” and saying that he had “no indication thus far that Flynn [had] passed classified information to [Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak].” However, he did note that ‘the level of communication [was] unusual.’”

“Remember, they are about to close the counterintelligence investigation. It can’t possibly, Ed, be a criminal investigation because remember Sally Yates doesn’t know anything about it,” Gowdy exclaimed. “She’s the top law enforcement official in the country and this is news to her. To this day she learned it. So, it can’t be a criminal investigation.”

“The other thing I find shocking about this,” he told Henry, “[is] if Susan Rice had been interviewed by Jim Comey that day, he would’ve followed a completely different book.”

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“Remember he said he did things to Flynn that he never would have done to the other administrations,” Gowdy added, referring to a 2019 interview in which Comey told MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace that he “sent” FBI agents to be in the room during an interrogation of  Flynn, noting it was “something we, I probably wouldn’t have done or gotten away with in a more organized investigation — a more organized administration.”

“So, I’d like to know what the name of the damn book that they are following is because it’s not the FBI manual,” he concluded.

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South Carolina man kills ex-girlfriend, two daughters, including one who defended mom : report

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A South Carolina man furious that his ex-girlfriend went to the beach with another man fatally shot her and her two daughters before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

Gabriel Jordan, 37, committed the carnage on Sunday outside the St. Matthews home of his ex, Shanta Singleton, according to a police report obtained by The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg.

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Cops said Jordan initially choked Singleton before shooting her when one of her four daughters at the home tried to intervene.

Jordan then shot 12-year-old Tre’vay Stroman after she jumped on his back, Calhoun County deputies said.

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He next took aim at 18-year-old Shantasia Stroman, who was struck in the arm and escaped to a neighbors.

As Stroman ran away, she saw Jordan chasing her 15-year-old sister, Essence Stroman, into their house. Essence was later found dead, according to the report.

Jordan’s body was found with a pistol next to him, deputies said.

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One of two surviving children told investigators that Jordan followed her mom and another man home from Myrtle Beach.

The daughter said Jordan snapped after Singleton told him their on-again-off-again relationship was finished.

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Most states sharing coronavirus patients’ addresses with law enforcement, report says

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At least two-thirds of states across the country are sharing the addresses of people who have tested positive for coronavirus with first responders, and at least 10 states are going so far as to share patients’ identities as well.

The move is an effort by officials to arm police officers, firefighters, EMTS and other frontline workers with information that could help them avoid contracting the virus from one of the over 11 million people who have been infected in the U.S., according to reports by the Associated Press.

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However, those patients who took a test were assured that their private medical information would not be disclosed to anyone else, and activists are concerned that revealing the information would put minority groups at higher risk of being racially profiled, heightening tensions between law enforcement and black and Hispanic communities.

“The information could actually have a chilling effect that keeps those already distrustful of the government from taking the COVID-19 test and possibly accelerate the spread of the disease,” the Tennessee Black Caucus said in a statement.

State and local health departments keep track of who has received a test in their region and then provide the information to dispatch centers. The process is within the bounds of medical privacy laws, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A review by the AP of information given to states shows that at least 35 states that share the addresses of those who tested positive.

At least 10 states — Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee — also share the names. Wisconsin did so briefly but stopped earlier this month.

When responding to a call for help, dispatchers are able to flag the information in a computer system regarding a positive case of COVID-19 and use it to forewarn responding officials to use precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. First responders are not allowed to refuse a call if it relates to a positive case of the virus and in some states, the information is deleted after a period of time.

Detractors of the practice also point to potential issues concerning immigration, if local officials are instructed to share the information they’ve obtained with federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Hair salons, barbershops stay open during coronavirus pandemic, even when less-than-legal

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Barbers and hairstylists throughout the country are keeping their shops open despite various government orders to shut down and close their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The subject became national news when Texas hair salon owner Shelley Luther was arrested after being one of the first in her industry to publicly defy the law.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson highlighted the hypocrisy of releasing thousands of prisoners and inmates due to COVID-19, while simultaneously jailing a business owner who said she was trying to feed her family.

He also criticized Judge Eric Moy, who handed down the sentence, and accused him of letting his political bias overcome a judge’s duty to exercise judicial restraint.

“Moy is a deeply irresponsible person. He is a political hack. He’s a self-described Democratic Party activist,” Tucker said. “He once circulated a chain letter denouncing Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a race traitor.”

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In Michigan, barber Karl Manke had his credentials stripped after also refusing to shutter his store. When a judge declined to sign an order to shut down his shop Monday without first holding a hearing, state officials opted to suspend both his barber and shop licenses.

Manke’s attorney, Dave Kallman, told the Lansing State Journal that the state’s action against the 77-year-old barber was “an abuse of power.”

“I think it’s totally vindictive,” Kallman said. “It’s petty, it’s totally in retribution because they didn’t like the court order from earlier this week.”

On the West Coast, California has threatened to take action against any salons that are non-compliant with shutdown orders, and said it claimed to be investigating 651 related complaints, USA Today reported.

The city of Los Angeles reportedly filed criminal complaints against four salons and one barbershop, in addition to 55 other businesses.

Hairstylists have now begun to set up makeshift haircut stations in their homes so they can service customers, without officially defying state regulations, according to USA Today.

Carmelle Harris, a hairstylist from Compton, Calif., claimed she had no choice but to reopen so that she could meet her monetary obligations and stave off financial ruin.

“Do I take a chance and get turned into a criminal because I decided to work and pay my bills on time?’’ Harris, 38, told USA Today. “Or do I just sit and watch my bills pile up, so when the economy does open up I’m thousands and thousands of dollars in debt?’’

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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont pushed back the state’s original May 20 deadline for hair salons to reopen by almost two weeks. The new date is now tentatively set for June 1.

“We’ve been hearing a lot of feedback from many owners and employees, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made,” he tweeted Monday.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this report 

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Virginia family finds nearly $1M in bags on road during drive

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A family suffering from cabin fever due to the coronavirus lockdown in Virginia went out for a drive on Saturday and stumbled upon two bags of cash totaling nearly $1 million, according to a report.

In an almost Hollywood-style plot twist, David and Emily Schantz of Caroline County were driving with their children and found the bags lying out in the middle of the street.

The wheels of their pickup drove over what they thought was trash, according to Fox 5 D.C. After stopping and putting the bags in the car, they kept on driving.

It wasn’t until they arrived home and examined the contents that they realized the bags were stuffed with cash.

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“Inside of the bag, there were plastic baggies and they were addressed with something that said ‘cash vault,’” Schantz told WTVR.

After making the discovery, they reached out to the county sheriff’s office. Deputies were then dispatched to their home to investigate. The deputies took inventory of the money and did a full accounting of the bag’s contents.

Caroline County Sheriff’s Maj. Scott Moser said authorities have determined where the money was headed, but they’re reportedly still trying to find out how it ended up on the road.

Moser did not comment on where the money was going but said the recipients should give the Schantzes a financial reward for their efforts.

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“Their actions deserve nothing less,” he said. “They saved someone a lot of money and set a wonderful example for everyone else.”

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Texas Jeep ‘top less’ event turns chaotic after 2 shot, more than 180 arrested

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Two people in Texas were shot and more than 180 were arrested over the weekend at an event that usually draws thousands of Jeep fans and owners to beaches outside of Houston, police said.

The chaos at the annual “Go Topless Jeep Weekend” in the Bolivar Peninsula comes even as the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office bolstered its patrol for the gathering by adding 40 Texas Department of Public Safety officers, 12NewsNow reports.

“We been in quarantine and like, I need to get out and party,” attendee Chelsey Coyer told the station.

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A group of people riding in a Jeep during the Go Topless Jeep Weekend event gets stopped by a Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputy at Crystal Beach on Bolivar Peninsula on Sunday. (AP/Houston Chronicle)

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The Sheriff’s Office said a fight that broke out Saturday night between two women escalated when two men joined the fray. One of the men, they said, then opened fire, injuring two bystanders who had to be airlifted to local hospitals, according to Click2Houston.

The gunman then leaped over the dunes and evaded police, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset told 12NewsNow.

As of Sunday night, authorities reported at least 183 arrests. Those taken into custody were charged with offenses ranging from driving while intoxicated to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, the Beaumont Enterprise reports.

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Participants crowd into the bed of a pickup truck Saturday during the annual gathering. (AP/The Beaumont Enterprise)

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“It’s not our big goal to put all these people in jail but I mean we need to get a point across that we’re not going to put up with it,” Galveston County Sheriff Sgt. Mark McGaffey told 12NewsNow. “We got residents that live here, plus the people who come down here.”

“Basically, come down here and enjoy yourself and have a good time. We don’t have a problem. That’s what it’s about,” he added. “But when you start acting silly, then the sheriff has a place for you to stay.”

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Atlanta police arrest dozens, impound exotic cars in illegal street racing crackdown

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These races are over.

The Atlanta Police Department said it arrested 44 people and impounded 29 vehicles during a crackdown on illegal street racing over the weekend, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We pledged to deal with these speeders and reckless drivers who have shown a complete disregard for the safety of others with these dangerous antics,” its chief, Erika Shields, said in a statement. “This weekend, with the help of our law enforcement partners, we made inroads.”

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One of the 29 cars impounded by the Atlanta Police Department over the weekend. (Atlanta Police Department).

The operation also led to 114 citations and the seizure of four firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle, police say.

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Officers taking part in the crackdown targeted several locations throughout the city that have been hot spots for street racing activity in the past.

Images released by police showed exotic cars being loaded onto tow trucks.

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One of the weapons recovered by police during the operation. (Atlanta Police Department).

“Arrests and citations included traffic offenses such as laying drag, speeding and reckless driving to other criminal offenses such as DUI, drinking in public, and possession of marijuana,” the Atlanta Police Department said. “One convicted felon was found to be in possession of a firearm and charged accordingly.”

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Police say they arrested 44 people for activities related to street racing. (Atlanta Police Department)

Earlier this month, Shields said incidents of street racing and stunts in the city are at an all-time high, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

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“We will continue to impound, arrest and seek costly fines for those individuals who choose Atlanta for this senseless behavior,” Shields said following the crackdown.

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New York pastor threatened with $1,000 fine for holding drive-in church service

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A New York church with 40 members held a drive-in service Sunday after being warned by police that it was a violation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pastor Samson Ryman, who leads Central Bible Baptist Church in upstate New York, held his first drive-in service May 3 with 23 attendees in 18 vehicles. The next day the Massena Police Department issued an informal cease-and-desist to the pastor.

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“I was kind of shocked by that,” Ryman told Fox News. Before holding the service, he got permission from state and local officials.

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Pastor Samson Ryman, who leads Central Bible Baptist Church in upstate New York, was threatened by the Massena Police Department that he could face a $1,000 fine for violating Gov. Cuomo’s stay-at-home orders. (Courtesy of Central Bible Baptist Church)

“We’re not trying to be rebellious,” he added. “We’re just trying to be safe and reach our community with the gospel of Jesus Christ in these difficult times when people are having anxiety, worry, different mental concerns, and they want to get some spiritual help, through the word of God, some hope, and I believe we can do that safely with a drive-in.”

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The pastor contacted the Rutherford Institute, a nonprofit civil liberties organization, which sent a letter to the police department Friday, warning that legal action would be taken if police followed through on the threat.

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Pastor Samson Ryman’s Bible is open whole he preaches during a drive-in service in upstate New York. (Courtesy of Central Bible Baptist Church)

“We do have the law behind us,” John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, told Fox News. “I think they got the message so far.”

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The pastor spoke from the church’s porch while attendees stayed in their cars, listening on an FM radio transmitter, windows up. On Sunday, there were no police at the church, but the concern for First Amendment rights still stands.

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Pastor Samson Ryman preaches during a drive-in service Sunday, May 17, 2020. (Courtesy of Central Bible Baptist Church)

“You shouldn’t be shutting down churches,” Whitehead added. “If you can go to bars and get carry-out…this doesn’t make any sense. Let people worship safely and let’s get back to normal and above all, let’s protect our Constitution.”

A federal court in Kentucky recently ruled that churches are allowed to hold drive-in services despite government officials forbidding them.

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“We appreciate our police force here,” Ryman added. “We appreciate our mayor and we’re praying for him and the decisions he makes and for our officers. We just want to be able to give people hope.”

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NJ gym owner cited by cops after reopening, says defiance of lockdown is ‘for all small businesses’

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A New Jersey gym owner who opened this week in defiance of coronavirus health and safety measures is standing resolute in his convictions that the decision to shutter small businesses like his is a constitutional matter.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends” with host Steve Doocy, Atillis Gym co-owner Ian Smith said Tuesday that he was not worried about receiving a charge to appear in court from police on Monday because his team is “prepared for anything.”

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“You know, we had informed all of our members that there is a possibility that when they step in the door that they can be fined…But, we went ahead and we were proactive and the people involved — some of the members and volunteers — have set up a GoFundMe. And, our lawyer has decided to represent anybody who gets charged,” he explained. “So, we’re all in this together.”

Shortly after Smith opened his business, drawing a crowd of supporters who gathered outside the gym in protest of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home mandate, local law enforcement arrived on the scene.

Gym management said they had taken several steps to ensure social distancing and taken other precautions, such as taping off workout stations and operating at 20 percent of the building’s capacity.

Smith was told he was in violation of Murphy’s order, but an officer then told the crowd to “have a nice day,” allowing the gym to open as planned. Officers later returned to the scene and served the gym owners with a disorderly conduct summons. A June court date has been scheduled and Smith could face a $2,000 fine and six months in jail

“You know, we understand that at the end of the day they are doing their jobs and I sympathize with them for having to do something that they may not have wanted to do,” Smith remarked.

Despite warnings from U.S. health officials who urge that gyms will only increase the chance of exposure to the deadly virus, Smith told Doocy that his protest was mainly about his constitutional rights.

“We said it from the get-go that this was about sort of a gross violation of our constitutional rights and that this is for all small businesses,” he continued further.

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“We are all hurting in this time,” Smith said. “And, this was about showing that small businesses can be responsible because we care and we can present a plan that is workable. And, we are flexible [in] changing that plan and adapting it. And, if we need to add even more safety measures, we are more than happy to do so.”

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Fort Worth cockfighting event raided by police over coronavirus concerns, report says

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Fort Worth authorities on Sunday confiscated more than 40 birds and arrested six people after police raided a cockfighting event in a home’s backyard.

Police responded to a disturbance call around 8 p.m. in a suburban area of southeast Fort Worth.

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Fort Worth Texas police busted a cockfighting ring over the weekend. 

Police said there were more than 20 cars parked on the street and a crowd was gathered in a backyard for a rooster-fighting ring.

At least nine roosters were found dead at the scene, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The officers arrested the two homeowners and cited three people for being spectators of the fight, according to the paper.

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A humane society took custody of the remaining roosters. The case remains under investigation.

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The fighting ring was the latest to be broken up in Forth Worth. In May 2017, police busted another cockfighting ring, resulting in three arrested and the seizure of more than 140 dead and alive birds.  

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