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Trump 2020 campaign will attack Biden’s Senate record, not his time as Obama’s VP

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President Trump’s 2020 campaign will seize on Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden’s mixed Senate record rather than his eight years as Barack Obama’s right-hand man.

The re-election campaign has been figuring out how – if Biden snatches the Democratic Party’s nomination – to respond to Biden’s candidacy that enjoys some protection among some voters due to nostalgia for the Obama years.

BIDEN MOCKED FOR SUGGESTING RUSSIA WOULDN’T INTERFERE IN ELECTIONS ‘ON MY WATCH’

But Republican Party strategist Ford O’Connell, who works closely with the White House, told the Washington Times that the Trump campaign will attack Biden’s six-term record as a U.S. senator from Delaware.

“He’s got an Obama card he can play, but the problem is the 36 years of baggage before Obama. That’s the ticket in terms of getting him,” the strategist said.

“He’s got an Obama card he can play, but the problem is the 36 years of baggage before Obama. That’s the ticket in terms of getting him.”

— Ford O’Connell, GOP strategist

Blueprint for beating Biden?

The heated exchange during a debate last month between Sen. Kamala Harris and Biden over the issue of federally mandated busing, a measure Biden opposed it during his Senate years — which also meant he had found a common cause with segregationist Democrats — may be a blueprint how to damage Biden’s credibility in the eyes of the electorate.

Harris surged among voters after her stellar debate performance, in which she challenged Biden to apologize for opposing federally mandated busing as part of the broader desegregation effort.

“There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day — and that little girl was me,” she said. “So, I will tell you that on this subject, it cannot be an intellectual debate among Democrats. We have to take it seriously.”

Biden didn’t offer an apology and instead went on defense and damage control, insisting he went into politics because of civil rights.

KAMALA HARRIS RAISES $12M IN 2ND QUARTER, FAR BEHIND HAULS OF TOP RIVALS

Other Dems gaining momentum

Even though Biden has taken a hit recently, including a small decline in his poll numbers, while other candidates such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren or Mayor Pete Buttigieg are gaining momentum behind their campaigns, the campaign is working under the assumption that Biden will win the nomination.

“The opposition research is focused on Biden. And we hope we get Biden because when it comes to who’s got a better record, Trump has a significantly better record than Biden,” a Trump campaign official told the newspaper.

“When it comes to who’s got a better record, Trump has a significantly better record than Biden.”

— Trump campaign official

Another campaign staffer told the Times that Biden’s close association with Obama is his biggest strength as people might perceive his candidacy as a “return to normalcy.”

But Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the campaign, struck a rather different tone. He said the campaign isn’t totally preoccupied with neutralizing Biden — as Biden’s record will likely do that by itself.

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“Joe Biden is an existential threat to Joe Biden. His poor performance on the campaign trail and lame defense of his four decades in public office have already caused him problems,” Murtaugh said.

“Joe Biden is an existential threat to Joe Biden.”

— Tim Murtaugh, Trump campaign communications director

“He was a bad candidate the first two times he ran for president, and there’s no reason to expect that he’s improved any. We are a year away from knowing who our opponent will be, and we are unconvinced that Joe Biden will be the nominee.”

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House GOP leader sides with AOC on pay hike, says Congress at risk of being only for millionaires

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Name a topic, and chances are good that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., are on opposite sides.

But now McCarthy appears to agree with AOC that members of Congress deserve a pay raise. Without a salary increase, McCarthy says, only millionaires will be able to serve.

The top Republican in the House made the comments this week as lawmakers scrapped the bill over the possible backlash from increasing salaries for themselves and their staffs.

DEMS HALT EFFORT TO SECURE PAY INCREASE FOR LAWMAKERS, AS CONTEMPT VOTES, FUNDING DRAMA LOOM

“When you talk this subject about COLA, a cost-of-living increase, it does invoke an emotion, kind of an impulsive emotion,” McCarthy told reporters, according to the Washington Examiner.

“I do not want Congress at the end of the day to only be a place that millionaires serve. This should be a body of the people.”

— House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

“I think it’s one that we should pause and look at. It’s been more than 10 years in the process. The current study says that pay has decreased by 15 percent. I do not want Congress at the end of the day to only be a place that millionaires serve. This should be a body of the people.”

Members of Congress generally make $174,000 per year, with senior leaders earning more, and no cost-of-living adjustments have been made in the past nine years.

Last month, some vulnerable swing-state Democrats, concerned how the proposed $4,500 pay hike would look if it didn’t also have Republican support, had signed onto amendments rejecting a similar measure to increase their pay.

AOC DEMANDS APOLOGY FROM KEVIN MCCARTHY FOR CHAOS ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER

McCarthy’s comments echoed previous remarks by Ocasio-Cortez, who argued that lawmakers deserve the increase, otherwise the politicians will turn to lobbying.

“It’s not even like a raise,” Ocasio-Cortez said. She called opposition to the pay increase “superficial. … This is why there’s so much pressure to turn to lobbying firms and to cash in on member service after people leave, because precisely of this issue.”

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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) found in May that, adjusted for inflation, salaries for members of Congress “have decreased 15 percent since the last pay adjustment in 2009.” Following a cost-of-living adjustment formula established in 2009, members of Congress should currently be making $210,900, the CRS found.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Trump urged to ignore Supreme Court, print census question: ‘Because we should,’ GOP lawmaker says

A Republican congressman has encouraged President Trump to ignore the Supreme Court and print the 2020 U.S. Census with the question about citizenship, as the president mulls an executive order.

Rep. Chip Roy, who represents the Lone Star State’s 21st Congressional District — covering much of the area north of San Antonio, plus much of Austin — made the call on social media amid the controversy over the census citizenship question that caused some confusion within the Trump administration on whether the question will appear on the survey.

“It’s the lawyers advising him,” Roy wrote in a tweet. “[Trump] should ignore them. Completely. Print the Census with the questions — and issue a statement explaining why — ‘because we should.’ Done.”

TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON CITIZENSHIP QUESTION FOR 2020 CENSUS, REPORTEDLY MULLS EXECUTIVE ORDER

The Supreme Court last week blocked the citizenship question for the time being until more reasoning from the administration can be provided.

This prompted Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to initially announce that his department would print the census without the citizenship question amid the Supreme Court objections.

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Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, made the call on social media amid the controversy over the census citizenship question that caused some confusion within the Trump administration of whether the question will appear on the survey. (Associated Press)

“The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question,” Ross said in a statement. “My focus and that of the bureau and the entire department is to conduct a complete and accurate census.”

The Texas congressman, a freshman Republican, fired back on social media after being accused of openly calling on Trump to ignore the high court.

“Lawless is the state of our border. Lawless is being ruled by Judges on matters of policy choices,” he tweeted. “Lawless is NOT rightly advising the President to follow the Constitution and include a citizenship question on the census — particularly in light of the opinion.”

Trump has been critical of the Supreme Court block, attacking it as “totally ridiculous” that the U.S. government “cannot ask a basic question of Citizenship.”

DEROY MURDOCK: TRUMP BOTCHES CITIZENSHIP QUESTION WITH TOO MUCH LAWYERING AND TOO LITTLE EXPLANATION

On Wednesday, Trump said that reports that that Commerce had dropped the “quest” to put the question on the census were “fake!”

“We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question,” he tweeted.

On Thursday Trump said his administration is still working to add the question on the census, with reports saying he’s mulling an executive order to do so, a move that would lead to a showdown between his administration and the Supreme Court.

“So important for our Country that the very simple and basic ‘Are you a Citizen of the United States?’ question be allowed to be asked in the 2020 Census,” he tweeted.

Multiple outlets reported that Trump is considering using an executive order to move forward with the push. The Washington Post reported that Trump had told lawyers to fix the situation with an executive order and add it to the census later.

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“The administration is considering the appropriateness of an executive order that would address the constitutional need for the citizenship question to be included in the 2020 census,” a source told Axios.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Trump plans rally in North Carolina on same day as Mueller testimony

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President Trump will hold a 2020 campaign rally in North Carolina on July 17 – the same day former special counsel Robert Mueller is scheduled to appear before Congress.

The president’s re-election campaign said it will host a “Keep America Great” rally at Williams Arena in Greenville that day.

The timing of the rally is likely planned to coincide with the Mueller’s appearance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, with Democrats hoping for explosive testimony that will damage Trump.

TREY GOWDY ON MUELLER TESTIMONY: ‘SET LOW EXPECTATIONS’

Trump’s critics also hope the testimony will generate attention to the Mueller report that he provided to the Justice Department in March, at the conclusion of his Russia investigation.

The report looked at Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election but found no evidence that Trump colluded with the foreign government in an effort to get elected.

The special counsel did detail instances of possible obstruction of justice by Trump, a section of the report that some Democrats jumped on to suggest launching the impeachment proceedings against the president.

MATT GAETZ: MUELLER HEARING WILL REVEAL ‘OCEANS OF BIAS,’ BUT NO COLLUSION

The North Carolina rally is also particularly important with 2020 coming. Not only did Trump win the state by less than four points back in 2016, but Democrats are eyeing the U.S. Senate seat of Republican incumbent Thom Tillis.

Trump recently endorsed Tillis against his GOP challenger, despite Tillis’ being criticized from the right for opposing Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.

TRUMP ENDORSES MCSALLY IN ARIZONA SENATE RACE, TILLIS IN NORTH CAROLINA

“Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina has really stepped up to the plate,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “Thom is tough on Crime, Strong on the Border and fights hard against Illegal Immigration. He loves our Military, our Vets and our great Second Amendment. I give Thom my Full and Total Endorsement!”

Tillis penned an op-ed last week, arguing that Congress should compel cities and local authorities to cooperate with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“Congress also has a duty to stop the growing trend of sanctuary jurisdictions, which is why I plan next month to take action at the federal level by introducing the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act,” he wrote.

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“It has long been assumed that local law enforcement would at least make a good-faith effort to help fulfill lawful requests made by federal law enforcement. However, given the recent embrace of irresponsible sanctuary policies over public safety, the time for action – and accountability – is now,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Florida Democrat says those ‘making fun’ of members of Congress online should be ‘prosecuted’

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Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson said people who are “making fun” of members of Congress online should be “prosecuted.”

The Florida Congresswoman made the comments on Tuesday outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in her home state.

“Those people who are online making fun of members of Congress are a disgrace, and there is no need for anyone to think that is unacceptable,” Wilson said.

“We’re gonna shut them down and work with whoever it is to shut them down, and they should be prosecuted,” she added. “You cannot intimidate members of Congress, frighten members of Congress. It is against the law, and it’s a shame in this United States of America.”

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT FREDERICA WILSON, FLORIDA DEMOCRAT WHO CRITICIZED TRUMP

Wilson’s comments came amid a controversy over a Facebook group that includes Border Patrol agents and where they allegedly mocked and posted graphic content about members of Congress, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The website ProPublica posted a story Monday headlined “Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes.”

In addition to showing indifference toward the deaths of migrants, members made vulgar jokes about Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus ahead of their visit a Border Patrol facility in Texas on Monday, the story alleged.

OCASIO-CORTEZ ACCUSES BORDER OFFICERS OF ‘VIOLENT CULTURE’ AFTER REPORT ON GRAPHIC FACEBOOK POSTS

Wilson also blamed President Trump for people losing respect for Congress and the White House, saying he has “taken this country to its knees.”

She once accused Trump of being “hateful towards black people” and declined to participate in the State of the Union address in 2018.

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The congresswoman also rose to prominence in 2017 after she leaked the conversation Trump had with the Gold Star widow whose husband died in Niger and criticized the president for being “so insensitive” after he said that the slain soldier “knew what he signed up for…but when it happens, it hurts anyway.”

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Liberal think tank Center for American Progress selling hyper-partisan ThinkProgress site that’s $3M in red

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Liberal think tank the Center for American Progress (CAP) is its selling hyper-partisan news site ThinkProgress as the organization questions the site’s viability since it’s millions in the red.

The site, which has been affiliated with the CAP since 2005 when it was first launched, has never turned a profit and will incur about $3 million in losses this year alone, the Daily Beast first reported

It’s suffering from a steep decline in ad revenue – by about $350,000 – and has received nearly $180,000 less from online contributions.

CANADIAN NEWSPAPER PUBLISHER CUTS TIES WITH ARTIST BEHIND CONTROVERSIAL TRUMP CARTOON

CAP Action Fund executive director Navin Nayak penned a letter in which he announced the decision to get rid of the media property, which always insisted that it maintained editorial independence from the think tank.

“Unfortunately, like so many other news outlets that have relied on advertising to fund its work, ThinkProgress has seen a significant drop in revenue in recent years, along with other financial strains.”

— CAP Action Fund executive director Navin Nayak

“Unfortunately, like so many other news outlets that have relied on advertising to fund its work, ThinkProgress has seen a significant drop in revenue in recent years, along with other financial strains,” wrote in the letter, according to the Daily Beast.

“In addition, events over the last few years have underscored the divergent missions of American Progress and ThinkProgress.”

Nayak added in the letter that they are beginning a search for a new publisher and hoped it would be able to support the unprofitable site.

STRUGGLING CNN REPORTEDLY SHAKES UP LONDON OPERATION ON HEELS OF HEALTH UNIT LAYOFFS

“For all of these reasons, we announced to the ThinkProgress staff today that we are searching for a new publisher for the news site. This is a tough decision since ThinkProgress has been a part of CAP Action almost since its founding,” he said.

“While ThinkProgress’ financial challenges are unsustainable for an organization like CAP Action, we are hopeful that there are publishers who would be better able to support ThinkProgress’ mission and better positioned to maximize the significant value ThinkProgress has built up.”

The CAP is one of the leading think tanks in Washington, D.C. that reported total donations of over $50 million, according to the group’s 2017 records.

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Among its 2018 donors, the group lists Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and many others as being top contributors.

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Holocaust survivor says Ocasio-Cortez should be ‘removed’ from Congress for spreading ‘anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be removed from Congress for spreading “anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity,” said a Holocaust survivor whose group invited her to tour Auschwitz.

Edward Mosberg, the 93-year-old president of The Depths, a group commemorating the Holocaust, slammed the New York Democrat over her controversial comparison of migrant detention facilities to “concentration camps,” prompting him to call for her removal.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: THE U.S. IS ‘RUNNING CONCENTRATION CAMPS ON OUR SOUTHERN BORDER’

“She should be removed from Congress. She’s spreading anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity,” Mosberg said in an interview with The New York Post. “The people on the border aren’t forced to be there — they go there on their own will. If someone doesn’t know the difference, either they’re playing stupid or they just don’t care.”

“She should be removed from Congress. She’s spreading anti-Semitism, hatred and stupidity. The people on the border aren’t forced to be there — they go there on their own will. If someone doesn’t know the difference, either they’re playing stupid or they just don’t care.”

— Edward Mosberg

Ocasio-Cortez was criticized by non-partisan Jewish and Holocaust educational groups over her comparison last month. Many Republicans condemned the freshman Democrat over the rhetoric, while some Democrats defended her.

“Her statement is evil. It hurts a lot of people. At the concentration camp, we were not free,” Mosberg continued. “We were forced there by the Germans who executed and murdered people — there’s no way you can compare.”

OCASIO-CORTEZ ACCUSES BORDER OFFICERS OF ‘VIOLENT CULTURE’ AFTER REPORT ON GRAPHIC FACEBOOK POSTS

Amid the controversy, Mosberg’s group extended an invitation to Ocasio-Cortez to participate in the tour of Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Mauthausen and Majdanek. The tour is specifically targeted for U.S. lawmakers.

But Ocasio-Cortez declined the invitation on Twitter after Republican Rep. Steve King asked her about it, with her slamming the Republican instead and somewhat confusing who actually invited her to visit the Nazi concentration camps.

Mosberg told the Post that he was upset the New York Democrat declined his group’s invitation, adding that he wanted to show her where his family was murdered by the Nazis.

“If you’re not there, you will never know what happened. She doesn’t want to learn — she’s looking for excuses. I would like to nominate her for the Nobel Prize in stupidity,” he said.

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Amid the ongoing controversy over her opposition to border patrol and illegal immigration crackdown, Ocasio-Cortez visited Monday a southern border facility where she claimed women are being forced to drink “out of toilets.”

She said people of all ages were being mistreated and were “drinking out of toilets” as the guards laughed at the migrants’ plight right in front of her.

The allegations were denied by Border Patrol Chief Brian Hastings during an interview on “The Story”, where he unequivocally stated fresh drinking water is provided to people in custody.

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Trump meets top K-pop band during South Korea trip, Ivanka receives signed album copy

President Trump was greeted in South Korea by its president – and one of the country’s most popular K-pop bands.

Trump landed in South Korea Saturday following the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan and said he will visit the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.

But before that, Trump was treated with some K-pop diplomacy. After meeting with President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House, he was greeted by EXO, a pop group whose members gave the president a book.

AS G-20 CONCLUDES, TRUMP TELLS REPORTERS HE ‘MAY OR MAY NOT’ MEET WITH KIM IN NORTH KOREA

The group also gave a signed copy of their album to White House adviser Ivanka Trump and chatted with the president’s son in law Jared Kushner.

This wasn’t the first time Trump’s daughter met the group. Harry Harris, U.S. ambassador to South Korea, shared a group picture from Saturday, adding that the first time she met the group was during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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President Donald Trump, center, talks with guests including members of the band Exo during a visit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the tea house on the grounds of the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Trump is making a quick trip to Seoul after attending the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump floated the possibility of meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to the DMZ, a trip he unexpectedly announced on Friday.

“After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!” he wrote in a tweet.

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During a press conference in Japan earlier today, Trump said that he would be “very comfortable” to cross into North Korea after the meeting with Kim, a move which would make him the first U.S. president to cross the border while he’s at the DMZ.

He said his offer to meet Kim was a “feeler” and was a spontaneous plan who recently came up with.

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President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, pose for a photo during a visit to the tea house on the grounds of the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, June 29, 2019. Trump is making a quick trip to Seoul after attending the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

“I just put out a feeler, because I don’t know where he is right now, he may not be in North Korea,” Trump told reporters.

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“We may be meeting with Chairman Kim. We get along. There’ve been no nuclear tests, no long-range nuclear tests and they returned our hostages,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US intel agencies encourage universities to monitor Chinese students

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U.S. intelligence agencies have advised American universities to monitor certain Chinese students and visiting scholars amid concerns of China’s threat to the U.S.

FBI officials reportedly visited at least 10 Americans universities since 2018 and encouraged them to take extra precaution when it comes to Chinese students or scholars affiliated with Chinese state-affiliated research institutions.

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According to NPR, the officials said the universities should actively monitor the Chinese nationals and review ongoing research that involves Chinese individuals and could have defense applications.

“We are being asked what processes are in place to know what labs they are working at or what information they are being exposed to,” Fred Cate, vice president of research at Indiana University, told the outlet.

“We are being asked what processes are in place to know what labs they are working at or what information they are being exposed to. It’s not a question of just looking for suspicious behavior — it’s actually really targeting specific countries and the people from those countries.”

— Fred Cate

“It’s not a question of just looking for suspicious behavior — it’s actually really targeting specific countries and the people from those countries.”

The FBI requests aren’t mandatory and universities will face no penalties for refusing to follow the advice of the bureau.

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Universities that were advised didn’t reportedly implement measures to monitor the Chinese individuals and have pushed back against it as the FBI wasn’t specific how such monitoring would work, NPR reported.

But the FBI visits have apparently created second thoughts among U.S. academics who are now wary of accepting federal grants that could involve Chinese scholars.

“We don’t say you can’t, because we don’t have any legal authority to say they can’t,” Cate told the outlet. “But we say you should be aware there may be some sensitivity about this.”

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The FBI first raised concerns about the presence of Chinese scholars on U.S. campuses since at least 2018.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said during a Congressional hearing last year that China is “exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have, which we all revere, but they’re taking advantage of it.”

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Jurors in father killer trial over cut off allowance say a can of coke was ‘aha moment’ that helped to find him guilty

Jurors in the Princeton University graduate trial say a can of coke was the “aha moment” that helped to find the man guilty.

Thomas Gilbert Jr., now 34, is facing a possible life sentence after the jury convicted him on Friday of killing his father after he cut his son’s weekly allowance of $1,000.

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Jurors in the Princeton University graduate trial, who fatally shot his 70-year-old father over cut off allowance, say a can of coke was the “aha moment” that helped to find the man guilty. (AP)

The jurors were split whether Gilbert could be found guilty, with one side suggesting he should be found not guilty by reason of mental defect, the New York Post reported.

“There was a lot of emotion, one side just yelling, ‘He’s guilty! He’s guilty!’ and the other side was like, ’He’s not, he’s sick,’” juror no. 11, Steven David Torres, told the paper.

But Gilbert’s request for his mother to go out and get him a can of coke on the night of the murder in 2015 broke the impasse among the jurors.

“The can of coke: it was really our ‘aha’ moment.”

— juror no. 11, Steven David Torres

“The can of coke: it was really our ‘aha’ moment,” Torres said.

Shelley Gilbert, the mother, testified in court that the son knew that she never kept the drink in the house.

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Another juror pointed out to others that Gilbert purposely asked for the beverage so that his mother would leave the house and he could shoot his hedge fund millionaire father.

“It was a lightbulb moment for me,” juror no. 8, Julie Thiry-Couvillion, told the Post.

“It was a lightbulb moment for me.”

— juror no. 8, Julie Thiry-Couvillion

Prosecutors argued that Gilbert had been living a lavish lifestyle of golf, surfing and travel – all paid for by his parents.

“The defendant rejected hard work, instead, preferring an easy life handed to him on a silver platter,” Assistant District Attorney Craig Ortner said in his closing argument earlier this week, according to the newspaper.

Beginning in 2014, the father began reducing the weekly payments by hundreds of dollars at a time – in hopes of inspiring the son to become more self-reliant. After making another reduction Jan. 4, 2015, the son shot his father in the head in the father’s New York City apartment, prosecutors said.

After the killing, the son placed the gun in his dead father’s hand to make it seem like a suicide, prosecutors said.

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The son fled the apartment, but his mother was home and called police just minutes after the shooting. The son was arrested later that same night, prosecutors said.

A jury convicted Gilbert Jr. on second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 9, authorities said.

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.

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