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A young Houston girl, 12, was brutally killed by two alleged illegal immigrants from Venezuela. She died by strangulation and her body was found dumped in a creek earlier this week, police said.

Johan Jose Rangel Martinez, 21, and Franklin Jose Pena Ramos, 26, have been arrested on capital murder charges over the killing of 12-year-old Jocelyn Nungaray, according to the Houston Police Department. When pressed about reports that the two suspects are Venezuelan nationals, police declined to comment and said their legal status is still under review as of Thursday, Fox News reports.

Department of Homeland Security sources told the New York Post that Ramos illegally entered the US on May 28 through El Paso, Texas, and was quickly released by border agents. Ramos reportedly told authorities that he planned to live with his cousin in Houston before his court appearance in July.

Multiple DHS sources told Fox News that Martinez illegally entered the US through El Paso in March and was released on an unknown basis. Houston police Lt. Stephen Hope said investigators used surveillance footage to track Martinez and Ramos before and after the killing, allegedly pinning them to the crime.

The victim’s boyfriend, also 13, told investigators that he was talking to Jocelyn on the phone after she snuck out of her parent’s apartment on Sunday night. He told authorities he could hear Jocelyn talking to two men over the phone while at a convenience store.

Police said Martinez and Ramos were at a restaurant and then were spotted on surveillance video walking southbound. They were later captured on video having a meeting with Nungaray. The three chatted for several minutes then proceeded to walk southbound toward a 7-Eleven convenience store.

All three of them left the convenience store and walked to a bridge, where police later found Nungaray’s dead body. The two suspects left the bridge and walked to their apartment complex, leaving the victim’s body behind.

Authorities believe Martinez and Ramos lived in the same apartment complex as Nungaray.

The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Nungaray died by strangulation.

Houston Police Chief Larry J. Satterwhite told reporters that the department has reached out to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to find out Martinez’s and Ramos’s immigration status and whether or not they are legally in the US.

Houston Mayor John Whitmire unleashed on the criminals and said: “We’re gonna be watching you; the arrests have taken place, and the charges have been filed. Now, we want the justice system to do its job. If there was ever a circumstance where you do not give someone bail, this is it.”

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Republican Files Impeachment Article Against Kamala Harris

Republican Tennessee Rep. Andy Ogles introduced articles of impeachment Tuesday against Vice President Kamala Harris, citing high crimes and misdemeanors.

Ogles explained to the Daily Caller that he believes Harris “knowingly breached the public’s trust by failing to invoke the 25th Amendment after it became clear that Joe Biden was mentally and physically unfit to serve as president” and said “immediate action must be taken.”

“Time and again, Kamala Harris has refused to uphold her oath to the U.S. Constitution, and she must be impeached. Her breathtaking incompetence as Border Czar has allowed a crisis of drugs, rape, and murder to flood the streets of America,” Ogles told the Daily Caller after introducing the articles.

On June 27, Trump and Biden squared off in their first debate in Atlanta, which was followed by an avalanche of calls for Biden to step down amid his performance. Biden has since stepped down as the nominee, while power players within the Democratic Party, including Democratic California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, have coalesced around Harris in a matter of days.

Read the articles of impeachment here:

Since becoming the nominee, Harris has raised over one hundred million dollars, beating records.

It is unclear how much support Ogles articles of impeachment will have by House Republicans.

Ogles faces a primary Aug. 1 against Nashville Metro Councilmember Courtney Johnston, according to The Associated Press (AP).

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Bodycam Footage Shows Thomas Crooks Dead Moments After Trump Assassination Attempt

Shocking new footage shows local cops and a Secret Service agent standing over the dead body of would-be Donald Trump assassin Thomas Matthew Crooks as they appeared to confirm the 20-year sniper was identified as a suspicious person before he opened fire.

The bodycam video, released by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, shows Crooks’ lifeless body as a pool of blood trails along the roof where he wounded Trump and killed a hero firefighter earlier this month during a Pennsylvania rally.

One man, who appears to be a Secret Service agent, tells a Beaver County Emergency Service Unit officer that Crooks’ body appeared to be the suspicious person who was previously reported to them.

“So this is the guy,” the agent says.

“This is him,” the Beaver County emergency services unit officer replies.

The emergency services officer also says a police sniper took photos of Crooks, including of him on a bicycle, according to the footage.

“That’s the sniper that sent the original picture and seen him come from the bike and set the book bag down and then lost sight of him,” the officer tells the apparent Secret Service agent.

The two law enforcement officials then scroll through photos of the suspicious target on an iPhone.

Crooks’ gunfire grazed Trump’s ear and hit three rally-goers, killing 50-year-old volunteer firefighter and married father of two Corey Comperatore.

The gunman was quickly shot and killed by a Secret Service agent.

Law enforcement sources previously told The Post the Secret Service was warned about Crooks and even labeled him a “threat” 10 minutes before the rally, but allowed Trump to get on stage anyway.

The feds were also warned that there was a “character of suspicion” on the grounds more than an hour before shots rang out, sources said. But he was not described as having a gun when the warning went out, according to sources.

Grassley, a Republican, called on the Secret Service to release more information to the public as the federal law enforcement agency faces fierce criticism over security failures at Trump’s Pennsylvania campaign rally.

“Federal agencies, particularly the Secret Service, have failed to be transparent with the American people,” Grassley said in a statement.

“This assassination attempt is a matter of substantial public interest, and the public’s business ought to be public.”

Grassley released the video the same day Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle stepped down following pressure from lawmakers.

The Iowa senator also included a letter he wrote to the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, demanding answers to outstanding questions about their “catastrophic failure” on July 13.

In the letter, Grassley said he received intelligence that the Secret Service had joint jurisdiction with local police over the AGR International building where Crooks was perched on.

The Secret Service had previously claimed they were only in charge of the rally grounds, and that local police were in charge of securing AGR.

Grassley included an unconfirmed map that showed different state law enforcement sectors the rally grounds had been broken into, but the AGR building is not included in any sectors.

“Is this document accurate?” the lawmaker asked in the letter.

Grassley also included a law enforcement contact information sheet from the event, which noted that there was a “UAS” operator — an Unmanned Aerial System, better known as a drone — available during the event.

“Did the USSS, local, or state law enforcement deploy UASs or counter UASs for the July 13, 2024 rally?” Grassley asked, noting reports that Crooks had deployed a drone of his own to case out the rally grounds before the shooting.

Law enforcement personnel on the rooftop video also mention a drone at one point.

He also pressed the Secret Service to answer questions about whether the water tower set back from the AGR grounds — which overlooked the entire AGR campus and may have had a clear view of Trump’s stage — played any part in the events of the day.

“Was the water tower cleared in advance of the rally?” Grassley asked, “Did the water tower have any role in the events at the Trump rally?”

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Reuters ‘Shock Poll’ Finds Kamala Leading Trump, But There’s a Catch

With the Democrat corporate media machine in full swing behind Kamala Harris following President Joe Biden’s shock announcement on Sunday that he’s abandoning his 2024 presidential campaign, it was only a matter of time before a ‘shock’ poll had her beating Trump in a hypothetical matchup.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll has found that Harris leads Trump 44% to 42% in the national poll (with a 3% margin of error).

Yet, there’s a catch. As we noted in the 2016 and 2020 elections, pollsters had their thumb on the scale by oversampling Democrats.

Well, they’ve done it again – sampling 426 Democrat voters vs. 376 Republicans and 341 Independents.

Meanwhile, other polls have Trump smoking Harris.

The prediction markets (PredictIt) show Harris trailing Trump 43 to 58.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu to Address US Congress Today

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress Wednesday afternoon as his country continues to fight against the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza.

The war began Oct. 7, 2023, when Hamas launched a fatal attack on Israeli civilians, an onslaught that killed more than 1,300 and resulted in the taking of hundreds of hostages, which Hamas has kept in Gaza.

The U.S. has supported Israel in its fight against Hamas despite some splintering support for the effort, particularly among Democrats. As part of a $95 billion foreign aid package in April, the U.S. passed about $15 billion in military aid for Israel.

A particular point of contention among those skeptical of Israel has been the humanitarian toll in Gaza as it targets Hamas.

Prior to his departure for the U.S. Monday, Netanyahu said, “I’m leaving this morning on a very important trip to the United States at a time when Israel is fighting on seven fronts and when there’s great political uncertainty in Washington.

“I will address, for the fourth time, both houses of Congress as prime minister of Israel. I will seek to anchor the bipartisan support that is so important to Israel and will tell my friends on both sides of the aisle that regardless who the American people choose as their next president, Israel remains America’s indispensable and strong ally in the Middle East.”

Netanyahu will become the first world leader to address a joint congressional session four times.

But there are several high-profile politicians who won’t be in attendance, including Vice President Kamala Harris, senators Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; and representatives Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., among others.

Along with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Harris’ absence, Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, who is running alongside former President Trump as his vice presidential nominee, will also miss the remarks.

“Senator Vance stands steadfastly with the people of Israel in their fight to defend their homeland, eradicate terrorist threats and bring back their countrymen held hostage. He will not, however, be in attendance for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress as he has duties to fulfill as the Republican nominee for vice president,” Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said in a statement.

In her vice presidential capacity as president of the Senate, Harris is often expected to preside over joint sessions of Congress alongside the speaker of the House. However, this has not always been the case throughout history.

Harris declined to preside over Wednesday’s address, and an aide to the vice president confirmed she has plans to attend an event in Indiana, which conflicts with Netanyahu’s remarks. Her office would not say whether she would have presided if she were in Washington, D.C., for the address.

The next in line to preside would be the president pro tempore, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The senator reportedly refused to do so and is boycotting it altogether. Instead, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ben Cardin, D-Md., is presiding.

During his time in the nation’s capital, Netanyahu will meet separately with President Biden, Harris and former President Trump. His meetings with Biden and Harris will take place in Washington, D.C., but his meeting with the former president will be in Florida at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

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Kamala Harris’ Ancestor Was Notorious Slave Owner, Historian Claims

Kamala Harris is descended from an owner of 120-plus slaves who ran a Jamaican plantation and fought against the abolition of the abhorrent trade, a British historian claimed today.

The Democrat would-be President is of Indian and Afro-Jamaican descent with her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan, born in Madras, now Chennai, while her father, Donald Harris, is from Jamaica.

The Vice-President’s father, a Stanford University academic who is 85, was born in Brown’s Town on the Caribbean island – named after Hamilton Brown, who is believed to be Kamala’s slave-owning great-great-great-great grandfather.

In an article published by the Jamaica Globe in 2019, Kamala’s father Professor Harris wrote: ‘My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown) descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town, a town in Jamaica.’

Northern Irish historian Stephen McCracken said today that Brown was a ‘notorious’ slaver and ‘not nice fellow’ who was born in Antrim but later settled in Jamaica.

‘I actually thought this was going to be a nice story, like (former US presidents) McKinley, Nixon, Jackson, Roosevelt, all of whom have links to Antrim, but it wasn’t’, he said.

Brown travelled to London to protest against the abolition of slavery and then turned his attention to Irish migrants when he was no longer allowed to enslave Africans, Mr McCracken told the Belfast Telegraph.

Mr McCracken has examined Kamala’s UK roots after it was discovered she has ancestry in Co Antrim through Hamilton Brown.

‘Hamilton Brown was a notorious figure, and not a nice fellow,’ he said.

‘Hamilton was born in Antrim, just north of Ballymoney, before he moved to Jamaica as a teenager. That’s where he became a bookmaker, and then a plantation owner, and therefore a slave owner.

‘His gravestone is in Saint Ann in Jamaica, which lists his birthplace as Antrim.

‘He had numerous slaves, in fact Hamilton Brown routinely travelled back and forth to London to protest the abolishment of slavery.

‘He would come back to Ireland to take migrants back to Jamaica to work once slavery was abolished. A quote refers to him as “making slaves of migrants” in Ireland.’

In 2019, it was reported that Brown owned at least 121 slaves in 1826.

Kamala is not believed to have spoken publicly about these roots, which take her all the way back to the UK. Reuters fact checkers have said that Kamala is likely to be a descendant of both slaves and slave owners.

It is not uncommon for African Americans or people of Caribbean heritage to be descended from a slave owners. This is because it was common for slave masters to rape their female slaves.

If Kamala manages to beat Donald Trump and is elected in November, Kamala will become the latest US president to have links to Ireland.

Mr Biden is very proud of his own Irish heritage, with links to Mayo and Louth.

‘Hamilton was born in Antrim, just north of Ballymoney, before he moved to Jamaica as a teenager. That’s where he became a bookmaker, and then a plantation owner, and therefore a slave owner.

‘His gravestone is in Saint Ann in Jamaica, which lists his birthplace as Antrim.

‘He had numerous slaves, in fact Hamilton Brown routinely travelled back and forth to London to protest the abolishment of slavery’.

He told the Belfast Telegraph: ‘He would come back to Ireland to take migrants back to Jamaica to work once slavery was abolished. A quote refers to him as “making slaves of migrants” in Ireland.’

In 2019, it was reported that Brown owned at least 121 slaves in 1826, respectively.

Kamala is not believed to have spoken publicly about these roots, which take her all the way back to the UK. Reuters fact checkers have said that Kamala is likely to be a descendant of both slaves and slave owners.

Kamala’s own story is equally extraordinary. She rose to Vice-President after being California’s attorney general and a US senator having originally been a local prosecutor in Alameda County, California, in the early 1990s.

Just like her boss Joe Biden, Kamala Harris is also known for gaffes and ‘word salad’ speeches.

From describing AI as a ‘kind of a fancy thing’ that is ‘first of all two letters’ to a recent baffling blunder where she called the 2024 election ‘the most election of our lifetime’, the vice-president’s abilities as an orator have long been in question.

She also once confused North and South Korea, mistakenly said 220million Americans died of Covid-19 and joked that people aged between 18 and 24 are ‘really stupid’.

And the 59-year-old also has a reputation for badly misjudging a social situation and laughing at the wrong moment, including once when she was asked a question about the fate of desperate Ukrainian refugees.

Ms Harris is happily married to LA lawyer Doug Emhoff but there are also claims that her affair with flamboyant California Democrat and San Francisco’s first black mayor Willie Brown in the 1990s – when he was 61 and she was 31 – also gave the presidential hopeful’s career the boost she needed to get to where she is today.

‘Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker. And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco’, Brown said in 2019 at the ripe age of 86.

In 2001 she briefly dated American talk show host Montel Williams. Today he didn’t endorse Kamala Harris for President after Mr Biden dropped out. Instead he backed Wes Moore, who has since endorsed Vice President Harris.

But before he swapped The Apprentice for politics, just over a decade ago Donald Trump himself donated thousands of dollars to Kamala’s re-election campaign while she was California’s attorney general.

Now the Republican nominee insists she will be even easier to defeat than Joe Biden, declaring: ‘She’s so f***ing bad. She’s so pathetic’. He has also called her ‘as crazy as a bed bug’ and has given her the nickname: ‘Laffin’ Kamala Harris’.

Ms Harris, whose left-wing politics were forged by her mother and time at the so-called ‘black Harvard’ in Washington DC, has been at Mr Biden’s side since he was elected in 2020 – and after his decision to reject the democratic nomination she is now aiming to become the first black female to head a major party’s US presidential ticket.

The key question for Democrats today is whether she is the woman to beat Trump in November – or whether after her gaffes and public speaking struggles she is the liability her rival and his supporters say she is.

Kamala was immediately endorsed by President Joe Biden after he sensationally withdrew from the 2024 presidential race on Sunday. And within minutes of his statement released a campaign video bringing the fight to Trump.

The Clintons have said they will give their ‘full endorsement’ to Kamala Harris – but the Obamas are yet to decide publicly.

Ms Harris is viewed as a fighter by her supporters.

Describing her own attitude to life she once said: ‘Sometimes people will open the door for you and leave it open, and sometimes they won’t— and then you need to kick that f***ing door down’.

But she may face a fight from rivals, including her old friend Gavin Newsom, the Governor of California.

According to Betfair Exchange, Kamala Harris is now 12/5 to win November’s Presidential Election. Back in February her odds to win the Presidency were as big as 100/1. Donald Trump has been the heavy favourite since April and earlier this week he was as short as 4/7 to win in November, however since the news that Biden is to step down from the race, his odds have drifted slightly to 4/6.

Kamala was born October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California, to parents who met as civil rights activists.

Her home town and nearby Berkeley were at the heart of the racial and social justice movements of the time, and Ms Harris was both a product and a beneficiary.

She spoke often about attending demonstrations in a stroller and growing up around adults ‘who spent full time marching and shouting about this thing called justice’. In first grade, she was bused to school as part of the second class to integrate into Berkeley’s public education.

Ms Harris has been hailed by supporters as a trailblazer.

The daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, she rose from local prosecutor to California’s attorney general before becoming a US senator.

Kamala’s mother Shyamala died in 2009 aged 70. Her father Donald, an academic, is 85.

Harris’ sister, Maya, is a lawyer and MSNBC political analyst while her brother-in-law, Tony West, is general counsel of Uber.

Kamala, a stepmother-of-two, made history in 2020 by becoming the first black, Asian, and female Vice President.

Critics, however, have attacked her poor public speaking skills.

And some polls have shown her to be less popular than Mr Biden in the vital swing states that are likely to settle the election.

One recent poll gave Ms Harris a 29 per cent favourability rating, with 49 per cent rating her unfavourably.

Her opponents argue that letting her run for high office would amount to admitting defeat. As a result, challengers to a Harris nomination are bound to come forward.

Ms Harris’s parents divorced when she was young, and she was raised by her mother alongside her younger sister, Maya.

She attended Howard University, a historically black university in Washington, and joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which became a source of sisterhood and political support over the years.

After graduating, Ms Harris returned to the San Francisco Bay Area for law school and chose a career as a prosecutor, a move that surprised her activist family.

She said she believed that working for change inside the system was just as important as agitating from outside. By 2003, she was running for her first political office, taking on the longtime San Francisco district attorney.

Few city residents knew her name, and Ms Harris set up an ironing board as a table outside grocery stores to meet people. She won and quickly showed a willingness to chart her own path.

Months into her tenure, Ms Harris declined to seek the death penalty for the killer of a young police officer killed in the line of duty, fraying her relationship with city police.

The episode did not stop her political ascent. In late 2007, while still serving as district attorney, she was knocking on doors in Iowa for then-candidate Barack Obama.

After he became president, Mr Obama endorsed her in her 2010 race for California attorney general.

Once elected to statewide office, she pledged to uphold the death penalty despite her moral opposition to it. She refused to defend Proposition 8, a voter-backed initiative banning same-sex marriage.

Ms Harris also played a key role in a 25 billion-dollar (£19.3 billion) settlement with the nation’s mortgage lenders following the foreclosure crisis.

As killings of young black men by police received more attention, Ms Harris implemented some changes, including tracking racial data in police stops, but did not pursue more aggressive measures such as requiring independent prosecutors to investigate police shootings.

Ms Harris’s record as a prosecutor would dog her when she launched a presidential bid in 2019, as some progressives and younger voters demanded swifter change.

But during her time on the job, she also forged a fortuitous relationship with Beau Biden, Joe Biden’s son who was then Delaware’s attorney general. Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015, and his friendship with Ms Harris figured heavily years later as his father chose Ms Harris to be his running mate.

Ms Harris married entertainment lawyer Douglas Emhoff in 2014, and she became stepmother to Emhoff’s two children, Ella and Cole, who referred to her as ‘Momala’.

Ms Harris had a rare opportunity to advance politically when Senator Barbara Boxer, who had served for more than two decades, announced she would not run again in 2016.

In office, Ms Harris quickly became part of the Democratic resistance to Donald Trump and gained recognition for her pointed questioning of his nominees.

In one memorable moment, she pressed now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on whether he knew any laws that gave government the power to regulate a man’s body. He did not, and the line of questioning galvanised women and abortion rights activists.

A little more than two years after becoming a senator, Ms Harris announced her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. But her campaign was marred by infighting and she failed to gain traction, ultimately dropping out before the Iowa caucuses.

Eight months later, Mr Biden selected Ms Harris as his running mate. As he introduced her to the nation, Mr Biden reflected on what her nomination meant for ‘little black and brown girls who so often feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities’.

‘Today, just maybe, they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way, as the stuff of presidents and vice presidents,’ he said.

Once in the job, Ms Harris worked to stem migration from Central America, but her efforts did not stop the movement of people leaving their corrupt and impoverished countries to seek safety and prosperity in the US.

Nor was there much progress to be made on voting rights, another issue that was part of Ms Harris’ portfolio. When Republicans limited ballot access in various states, Democrats lacked the necessary muscle in Congress to push back at the national level.

Ms Harris eventually carved out a role as the administration’s most outspoken advocate for reproductive rights after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, the landmark case that had guaranteed abortion access nationwide.

Much of Ms Harris’s work has focused on bolstering her party’s coalition of women, young people and voters of colour. And in halls of power dominated by men – both in Washington and around the world – she has remained keenly aware of her status as a political pioneer.

She often repeated a line she credited to her mother: ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you’re not the last.’

Ms Harris last night vowed to ‘earn and win’ the Democratic presidential nomination after being endorsed by Joe Biden as his successor.

The Vice President, 59, thanked Mr Biden for his ‘extraordinary leadership’ and for making a ‘selfless and patriotic act’ by stepping aside from the race for the White House.

Ms Harris said: ‘I am honoured to have the President’s endorsement, and my intention is to earn and win this nomination. I will do everything in my power to unite the Democratic Party – and unite our nation – to defeat Donald Trump and his extreme Project 2025 agenda.

‘We have 107 days until election day. Together, we will fight. And together, we will win.’

After revealing that he was not accepting the Democratic nomination, Mr Biden, 81, posted on X: ‘My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President. And it’s been the best decision I’ve made.

‘Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year. Democrats – it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this.’

Full-scale internal Democratic election processes cannot take place as Mr Biden has already been chosen as the candidate, so contenders will have to put themselves forward at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago next month.

If elected, Ms Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff, who is Jewish, would become America’s first ever First Gentleman, after two and a half centuries of First Ladies. Michelle Obama, wife of former President Barack Obama, has been touted by some as a potential presidential hopeful.

Mrs Obama has given no indication she would consider seeking public office. Neither has Hollywood actor George Clooney, another fantasy pick for the role, who is a prominent fundraiser and donor to the Democratic Party.

Other Democratic contenders include Gretchen Whitmer, the governor of Michigan; California governor Gavin Newsom, Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro, and Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

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Trump to Stop Holding Outdoor Rallies

Secret Service officials encouraged Donald Trump’s campaign to stop scheduling large outdoor rallies and other outdoor events with big crowds after the assassination attempt on the former president in Butler, Pa., according to people familiar with the matter.

In the aftermath of the shooting, agents from the Secret Service communicated their concerns about large outdoor rallies going forward to Trump campaign advisers, three people familiar with the matter said.

The people familiar with the matter spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.

For upcoming events, Trump’s team is scouting indoor venues, such as basketball arenas and other large spaces where thousands of people can fit, people familiar with the request said. The campaign is not currently planning any large outdoor events, a person close to Trump said.

Trump has held hundreds of outdoor rallies since launching his first presidential bid, often bragging about — and sometimes falsely inflating — his large crowds. They have become something of a cult favorite among his most passionate fans, with tailgate parties in parking lots, vendors lining open areas near the rally and large parades of traffic, often with gargantuan pickup trucks.

They usually include large rosters of speakers before Trump takes the stage, with crowds sometimes enduring the heat or the cold for many hours. The crowd sometimes departs before Trump, who is regularly late, finishes speaking.

The rallies are often held at airports but are also held at fairgrounds, football stadiums or other large outdoor venues.

Sarah Matthews, a former Trump spokeswoman turned critic, said Trump would often get upset if people were not moved past the magnetometers quickly enough and the outdoor venues were not filling up quickly enough.

“We’ve seen from the early days of his presidency even, and before that during his first campaign in 2016, how important crowd size is to him. It gives him a lot of joy and energy being with large crowds. He feeds off their energy. It’s almost like a source of comfort for him,” said Matthews, who served as a deputy press secretary in the Trump White House.

Indoor rallies are more expensive, campaign advisers said. But one campaign official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private plans said the indoor events are inherently safer because it is easier to control who comes through a finite number of doors, and there are fewer line-of-sight issues.

“Obviously with an indoor venue, you have a capacity,” she said. “It doesn’t pack the same punch. There’s something about being at one of those outdoor rallies.”

The rallies have long been viewed as onerous by the Secret Service because they include complicated outdoor venues with thousands — if not tens of thousands — of people. Most other former presidents rarely appear in public, and when they do, they usually appear in settings such as conferences and restaurants with fewer people. Trump requires a much larger security footprint than other past presidents because he holds so many large events.

Agents usually arrive well in advance, putting together a security plan for the large outdoor venues.

U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle resigned Tuesday in the aftermath of the assassination attempt, telling staff that she took “full responsibility,” according to a copy of a letter sent to agency staff and obtained by The Washington Post.

In early 2024, Trump advisers told the Secret Service they were planning to do large events regularly, and would need increasing amounts of protection and assets, a person familiar with the conversation said. But the two sides often battled over resources — with requests from Trump’s detail being rejected by the Secret Service.

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Elon Musk Says He’s Not Donating $45 Million a Month to Trump

Elon Musk called reports he will donate $45 million a month to Donald Trump ‘ridiculous,’ and insisted he doesn’t ‘prescribe to [his] cult of personality.’

The Tesla boss, instead, explained that he planned to start ‘lower level’ donations in July to the America PAC he set up to back the former president with massive cash injections.

Musk’s personal donations were reported to be planned at $45 million a month, in addition to those by other deep-pocketed Trump fans.

But he belatedly denied last week’s Wall Street Journal report touting the massive figure, citing people familiar with Musk’s plans.

‘What’s been reported in the media is simply not true. I am not donating $45 million a month to Trump,’ he said during a video with Jordan Peterson.

Musk later followed up on Twitter, calling the $45 million figure ‘ridiculous’ and explaining why he was backing Republicans.

‘I am making some donations to America PAC, but at a much lower level and the key values of the PAC are supporting a meritocracy and individual freedom,’ he wrote.

‘Republicans are mostly, but not entirely, on the side of merit and freedom.’

Whether the sources cited in the initial report were wrong, or Musk simply changed his mind and claimed it was never the plan, is unknown.

But the massive donation was cited by the former president, who lavished praise on Musk during a Saturday rally.

‘I love Elon Musk,’ Trump said in Michigan. ‘We have to make life good for our smart people, and he’s as smart as you get.’

Musk also discussed his reasons for donating heavily to Trump and Republicans in his conversation with Peterson on Twitter, which Musk owns.

The controversial psychology professor, wearing a bizarre suit jacket printed with dozens of icons of Jesus, asked Musk about his switch to the Republicans.

‘I don’t prescribe to [a] cult of personality,’ he said, insisting his super PAC was ‘not supposed to be a sort of hyperpartisan’ entity.

Musk said he believed he and the Republican Party were more closely aligned on their ‘core values’ than he and the Democrats.

‘One of those values being meritocracy, as much meritocracy as possible, so you get ahead as a function of your skill, and nothing else,’ he said.

He said the PAC supported freedom from ‘as much government intervention as possible’ and claimed the state was more restrictive every year.

Musk said Trump showed ‘great courage’ after the attempt on his life at a rally on July 13, where a bullet grazed his ear.

The businessman first stated his explicit endorsement of Trump for president in the hours after the assassination attempt, though it was long suspected.

Trump returned the favor, talking up his new superfan’s intelligence at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

‘We have to make life good for our smart people, you know? We have some smart people,’ he said.

Musk told Peterson he shifted from supporting Democrats, having voted for Joe Biden in 2020, because, he claimed, it was the party of censorship.

This is despite Republican state governments banning books they don’t agree with, and Musk frequently railing against transgender people.

Musk also cited an aborted lawsuit by the Justice Department against Space X last year claiming he discouraged refugees from applying to work there.

The billionaire has stepped up his attacked on Biden and the Democrats generally this year, and on Sunday mocked Vice President Kamala Harris using pronouns in a 2022 video.

Musk has attracted several wealthy donors to his America PAC in recent weeks, including Lonsdale Enterprises and the Winklevoss Twins.

The firm donated $1 million and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss each contributed $250,000.

Others involved with Lonsdale include former US ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft and her husband, Joe Craft.

Musk was not listed on a filing by the group, which showed it raised more than $8 million.

Musk’s endorsement of Trump cemented his shift towards right-wing politics and gives the former president a high-profile backer in his bid to return to the White House in the November 5 election.

Trump on chose Ohio US Senator J.D. Vance to be his vice presidential running mate, as the Republican Party officially nominated the former president to run again for the White House.

In March, Trump met with Musk and other wealthy donors and caused such a fuss that Musk made a claim on social media afterward.

‘Just to be super clear, I am not donating money to either candidate for US President,’ he said on March 6.

In May, he also denied media reports that there had been talks over a potential advisory role for him in any Trump presidency.

Biden campaign spokesman James Singer said that Musk knows Trump is ‘a sucker who will sell America out, cutting his taxes while raising taxes on the middle class by $2,500.’

‘Joe Biden has been standing up to people like Elon and fighting for the middle class his entire career – and it´s why he´ll win in November,’ Singer said in a statement.

Unlike other billionaires, Musk has not spent heavily on political donations but has previously given to both the Republicans and Democrats.

Musk personally has provided funding to politicians including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Marco Rubio, George W Bush and John Kerry.

His companies Tesla and SpaceX, have benefited from federal government contracts and subsidies.

However, in recent years, Musk has seemingly leaned more towards the GOP.

This may be in part due to a snub by the Biden Administration in 2021 after it didn’t invite Tesla to a summit on electric vehicles.

‘Let’s not forget the White House giving Tesla the cold shoulder, excluding us from the EV summit,’ Musk wrote in December, more than two years after the sleight.

The following year he encouraged his followers on Twitter to vote in a Republican Congress ahead of the midterms.

After Musk purchased the social media platform Twitter in 2022, he reinstated Trump’s account after it was suspended in the wake of January 6.

Musk has generally railed against left-leaning ‘woke’ policies and has repeated right wing rhetoric on immigration.

‘America will fall if it tries to absorb the world,’ Mr. Musk posted on X on Tuesday.

He also suggested that Democrats are ‘ushering in vast numbers of illegals’ to commit voter fraud, despite no evidence to support this.

Early in the Republican primary season, Musk gave signs he backed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis kicked off his campaign with a live streamed interview with the billionaire, however this did not materialize into a donation.

Trump last month reiterated his pledge to immediately abandon the Biden administration’s ‘mandate’ to support the electric vehicle industry. But he added: ‘I’m a big fan of electric cars. I’m a fan of Elon.’

‘He does an incredible job with Tesla.’

Musk said they had ‘some conversations’ and Trump is a ‘huge fan of the Cybertrucks,’ referring to Tesla’s electric pickup trucks.

While he has publicly criticized Biden’s policies on immigration and electric vehicles and even his age, Musk has not made any formal endorsement in November’s contest and Trump has said he did not know if he has Musk’s support.

Musk’s views have hurt his standing among some consumers, according to a CivicScience survey.

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Mr Beast Trans Co-Host Ava Kris Tyson Accused of Inappropriate Behavior with Minor

The co-host of a wildly popular YouTube show has broke her silence amid claims she had an ‘inappropriate’ relationship with a child.

Ava Kris Tyson, who rose to fame for her role on the MrBeast channel, issued an apology for her ‘past behavior’ and ‘comments.’

She announced she was stepping back from the MrBeast channel – which boasts 300million subscribers – and social media ‘to focus on my family and mental health.’

Tyson is alleged to have sent risque messages to a minor whom she first met when the person was 13 and she was 20.

The pair were allegedly introduced after the child won an online competition. At that time, Tyson was known to YouTube fans as ‘Chris’ because she had not yet transitioned her gender identity.

Tyson – who has a son with their ex-wife – is said to have spent years communicating with the fan on public online forums before meeting in person when the teen turned 16 years old.

In an X post today, Tyson wrote: ‘I would like to apologize for any of my past behavior or comments if it hurt or offended anyone. It was not my intent.’

‘Seeing recent events we’ve mutually decided it’s best I permanently step away from all things MrBeast and social media to focus on my family and mental health.’

The fan, who is now an adult, says they are not a victim and has defended Tyson but has admitted some of the messages were ‘inappropriate’ and ‘edgy’.

Since the relationship was revealed in a series of expose-style videos and clips, several controversial posts by Tyson have resurfaced.

Multiple posts show Tyson interacting with ‘Shadman’, an artist known for drawing young characters in sexual poses.

In one post, Tyson begged Shadman to ‘draw a 10-year-old anime girl’. Other posts show Tyson sexualizing cartoon children.

The scandal comes just a month after Dr Disrespect, a well-known Twitch gamer, was blacklisted from the online community after admitting to sending inappropriate messages to a minor.

MrBeast, who has a net worth of $700 million, is known for his extravagant stunts and philanthropic initiatives.

Tyson is also a personal friend of the YouTube star.

The uproar on social media was triggered by a series of videos that claimed to show Instagram posts of Tyson and the minor who had visited them at college.

The two pictures show Tyson in 2020 with two other males, but the person who is allegedly the minor is blurred.

The claims have suggested that the child, who goes by the name ‘Lava,’ met Tyson through a fan meet-up after winning a contest through MrBeast’s YouTube channel that he and Tyson started in 2012, according to Insider Gaming.

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Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle Resigns Over Trump Rally Shooting

Kimberly Cheatle, the director of the U.S. Secret Service, resigned on July 23, one day after her testimony before Congress about the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump.

“I take full responsibility for the security lapse,” she said in the email to Secret Service staff. “In light of recent events, it is with a heavy heart that I have made the difficult decision to step down as your director.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas soon after said he was appointing Ronald Rowe, the service’s deputy director, to serve as acting director.

Ms. Cheatle, who was sworn in as director in 2022, had previously rebuffed calls to resign in the wake of the assassination attempt against the former president.

“I think I am the best person to lead the Secret Service at this time,” she said during a Capitol Hill hearing on July 22.

The former president was struck in the ear during a Pennsylvania rally on July 13 by a bullet fired by a shooter from on top of a nearby building. Secret Service agents weren’t on the roof because it was sloped, Ms. Cheatle has said.

Additional bullets hit other people at the rally, killing one and wounding two.

Lawmakers from both parties told Ms. Cheatle during a contentious hearing on July 22 that she should step down.

“If you have an assassination attempt on a president, or a candidate, you need to resign,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said.

During the hearing, Ms. Cheatle acknowledged the Secret Service was alerted before the rally started to a suspicious person but said the man, who ended up being the shooter, wasn’t deemed a threat until moments before shots were fired.

Ms. Cheatle acknowledged the assassination attempt was the agency’s “most significant operational failure” in decades, but she said she was the right person to helm the Secret Service to ensure accountability. She rankled lawmakers by repeatedly refusing to discuss specifics of what went wrong during the rally and not committing to firing any personnel once the agency’s internal probe wraps up.

The service’s probe is expected to take 60 days, according to Ms. Cheatle.

She also revealed that the roof from which the shooter opened fire had been identified as a potential vulnerability in the days before the rally.

“As the director of the United States Secret Service, I take full responsibility for any security lapse,” Ms. Cheatle told lawmakers.

“I’m happy to see that she has heeded the call of both Republicans and Democrats. Now, we have to pick up the pieces; we have to rebuild the American people’s faith and trust in the Secret Service as an agency,” House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) told reporters at the Capitol on July 23.

“Director Cheatle’s resignation will do nothing to stop our oversight efforts or the broader Congressional investigation—nor does it magically resolve all the problems and lapses that led to the massive security failure of July 13,” Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement.

President Joe Biden, who had declined to terminate Ms. Cheatle, said in a statement that he thanked her “for answering the call to lead the Secret Service.”

He added, “As a leader, it takes honor, courage, and incredible integrity to take full responsibility for an organization tasked with one of the most challenging jobs in public service.”

President Biden has ordered an independent review of what transpired on July 13. He said he looks forward to seeing the review’s conclusions.

Ms. Cheatle served in the Secret Service for 27 years. She left in 2021 for a job as a security executive at PepsiCo before President Biden asked her to return in 2022 to head the agency with a workforce of about 8,000.

When the president announced Ms. Cheatle’s appointment, he said she had served on his detail when he was vice president and that he and his wife “came to trust her judgment and counsel.”

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WATCH: Biden Makes First Public Appearance Since Dropping Out

President Joe Biden made his first public appearance in six days on Tuesday — also his first appearance since announcing that he had tested positive for COVID again and his first since announcing via a letter posted on X that he was dropping out of the 2024 presidential race.

Biden was captured on video exiting a vehicle at Dover Air Force Base, where he paused briefly to engage with reporters as they shouted questions in his direction.

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“Mr. President, how are you feeling?” one reporter shouted, and several others quickly echoed the same question.

Biden turned to face them but did not give an intelligible response at first. He then appeared to say simply, “Well,” before giving a thumbs up and turning his head in the opposite direction.

“Are you going to talk to us?” one reported shouted then.

“How are you feeling since you dropped out of the race, Sir?” another asked.

“How do you feel about Harris’ campaign?” another added as Biden walked away, his back to the reporters.

“Can Harris beat Trump?” the questions continued, but Biden was already walking up the stairs to board Air Force One. “Can Harris beat Trump, Mr. President?”

As he reached the top of the stairs, Biden slowly turned and saluted, holding a medical mask in his left hand. He then turned his back once more and disappeared into the plane.

Biden’s team has announced that he plans to address the nation on Wednesday, a full three days after he announced his plan to step down and not accept the Democratic Party’s 2024 nomination. In the days since, Vice President Kamala Harris — whom Biden has endorsed — has seen a fundraising boom and, after amassing the necessary delegates, declared herself the de facto Democratic presidential nominee.

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Kamala Harris Holds First Rally in Milwaukee

A large crowd chanted “Lock him up!” Tuesday as Vice President Kamala Harris leaned into her past as a prosecutor while bashing Donald Trump at her first rally as Democrats’ presumptive presidential nominee.

“I was elected attorney general of the state of California and I was a courtroom prosecutor before then. And in those roles I took on perpetrators of all kinds — predators who abused women, fraudsters who ripped off consumers, cheaters who broke the rules for their own gain,” Harris told roughly 3,000 swing-state spectators.

“So hear me when I say I know Donald Trump’s type,” Harris, 59, added to wild applause in a Wisconsin high school gym.

The vice president paused as chants of “lock him up!” broke out following the crowd-pleasing line — which she had tested out Monday evening in her visit to campaign headquarters following President Biden’s Sunday withdrawal from the race and endorsement of her.

Although the official audio feed from the campaign showed rally-goers also chanted “Kam-a-la” following her anti-Trump barbs, on-the-ground footage showed large parts of the crowd chanted “lock him up” about Trump — with a Post reporter on the ground estimating roughly 1/3 of the room joined in.

The complementary chants of matching syllables punctuated the otherwise on-message rally as Harris vowed to restore federal abortion rights and to “win” on Nov. 5 despite her last-minute elevation to the top slot.

The Harris campaign said more than 3,000 people attended the indoor rally in Milwaukee — with the hosting school’s gymnasium packed in a reflection of enthusiasm among Democrats, who rarely packed Biden’s events in large numbers.

By comparison, a joint campaign rally featuring both Biden and Harris in Philadelphia on May 29 filled less than half of a school gym.

Wisconsin Democratic chairman Ben Wikler told The Post “I’m so excited and bursting with energy.”

“If you’d asked me six weeks ago what the biggest challenge is in this campaign is that voters… are not tuning in,” he said.

“All of that is now out the window: this is now one of the most fascinating and exciting presidential elections in modern history.”

Harris walked on stage and off to Beyonce’s “Freedom” — her new campaign anthem — in the same city that last week hosted the Republican National Convention.

“Do we want to live in a country of freedom, compassion and rule of law? Or a country of chaos, fear and hate?” she asked.

“This campaign is not just about us versus Donald Trump. This campaign is about who we fight for,” Harris told supporters, vowing to focus on middle-class opportunity if she’s elected America’s first female president.

“We have doors to knock on. We have phone calls to make, we have voters to register, and we have an election to win.”

About 20 protesters rallied outside the venue to denounce the Biden-Harris administration’s support for Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 rampage in southern Israel.

But no hecklers interrupted Harris — in another distinction from Biden’s campaign events, which frequently featured irate anti-Israel demonstrators shouting the nickname “Genocide Joe.”

The Biden-Harris campaign was trailing Trump in most national and swing-state polls ahead of the ticket switch on Sunday and Harris’ decision on a running mate could boost her fortunes in certain states, according to polling.

Harris event attendee Sandra Smith, 64, a receptionist for a hospice center from West Allis, Wis., told The Post that “I’m fine with it. If Joe trusts her, I trust her” — adding she hopes that Harris picks Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as her running mate.

Leslie Dehn, 61, a retired nonprofit worker, said she came to hear “how she’s going to beat Trump” and said she believes Harris would stand the best chance of doing that by picking Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona or Gov. Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania.

“Not gonna lie, I would like her to combat Trump’s accusations toward the Democratic Party,” said Benjamin Hooks, who runs a radio station in Milwaukee, ahead of her remarks.

Although the vice president’s attacks on her Republican opponent were well-received, they could boost his claims of political persecution by the legal system.

The 78-year-old GOP nominee argues that four criminal cases brought against him were done so for political reasons.

Trump was convicted on May 30 in Manhattan on 34 state felony counts for falsifying business records to conceal 2016 hush money payments. The prosecution was brought by District Attorney Alvin Bragg, an elected Democrat.

Trump faces pending federal charges in Washington and state charges in Georgia, also brought by an elected Democrat, for challenging his 2020 loss to Biden. A fourth case for allegedly mishandling classified records was tossed out by a federal judge this month but could be reinstated.

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Schumer and Jeffries Endorse Kamala Harris to Replace Biden

The top two Democrats in Congress have announced they are getting behind former Vice President Kamala Harris to succeed President Biden in the November election.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., held a press conference at Senate Democrats’ campaign headquarters on Tuesday amid mounting speculation over whether they would endorse Harris.

“Now that the process has played out from the grassroots bottom up, we are here today to throw our support behind Vice President Kamala Harris,” Schumer said.

President Biden made the explosive announcement that he would not seek another term in the White House on Sunday afternoon as a growing chorus of Democrats voiced concerns about his mental and physical fitness for mounting another campaign and even serving another four-year term.

The 81-year-old leader instead endorsed Harris, who is more than 22 years Biden’s junior.

A flurry of Democrats quickly followed suit, including former President Clinton and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 150 House Democrats have backed Harris.

The move has spurred Republicans to accuse Democrats of staging a “coup” against Biden in an effort to coronate Harris because they were afraid the president would lose to former President Trump in November.

Left-wing lawmakers who spoke with Fox News Digital on Monday, however, insisted the primary was still open to whomever wanted to compete – though they were certain Harris would still win.

“You’re seeing Democrats coalesce around Vice President Harris. I have endorsed her. Ultimately, in order to have a primary, you have to have a challenger. No one is challenging her,” said Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-Fla. “And so, right now it is an open process, right? You’ve seen potential people come out who could run and they’re endorsing her. And so that is the open process that’s happening.”

When asked if he would advise potential challengers to stay out, he said, “I’m not discouraging anything but these people, right, folks at a high level, governors, senators…they’re not saying they’re gonna throw their hat in the ring, they’re endorsing Vice President Harris because they also think she’s the best person for the job. So it’s tough to say ‘We want to process,’ when right now you don’t even have a challenger.”

Enough delegates have now backed Harris for her to formally win the Democratic nomination at the party’s naming convention in August.

Earlier this month, a source familiar with discussions told Fox News Digital that Schumer and Jeffries pushed for the DNC to delay its process of formalizing Biden as the nominee.

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Trump Shooter’s Father Speaks Out for First Time Since Assassination Attempt

Thomas Matthew Crooks’ father was spotted in public on Monday for the first time since the 20-year-old gunman opened fire at former President Donald Trump’s rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, according to a local business employee and a neighbor who identified a picture of him.

Snipers killed Crooks after the Bethel Park resident nicked Trump’s ear, killed bystander Corey Comperatore and injured two others at the July 13 rally, David Dutch and James Copenhaver.

Investigators have spent the last week visiting Crooks’ family home in their suburban Pittsburgh neighborhood.

The man locals identified as the father and a masked woman he was with declined to answer questions when approached by Fox News Digital.

“We’re going to release a statement when our legal counsel advises us to do so – until then, we have no comment,” he told Fox News Digital before beginning to load items into the vehicle. “We just want to try to take care of ourselves right now. Please, just give us our space.”

Crooks’ family members have cooperated with the FBI as the agency tries to pin down a motive for the near assassination.

Fox News Digital previously reported that Crooks’ parents, Matthew and Mary, called police hours before the shooting, saying that he was missing and that they were concerned about his welfare. It is unclear whether they knew that he was in possession of the AR-15 registered to his father.

Both Matthew and Mary Crooks are licensed as professional counselors, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State Licensing System Verification Service.

Crooks graduated from Bethel Park High School in 2020. In May, he earned an associate’s degree in engineering from the Community College of Allegheny County.

Crooks reportedly planned to enroll at Robert Morris University after being accepted there and at and the University of Pittsburgh.

Investigators are trying to piece together how Crooks was able to evade security around the site of Trump’s rally on July 13 at the Butler Farm Show property. He climbed onto the roof of an AGR manufacturing building about 150 yards from Trump’s podium and fired off several shots before snipers killed him.

Crooks was spotted with a rangefinder before the shooting, and investigators are looking into how he was able to avoid law enforcement and climb onto the roof with his father’s rifle.

Lawmakers visited the shooting site on Monday as Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle testified before Congress about the security failures for the rally.

A motive for the shooting remains unclear. Crooks was a member of a local gun club, and he bought ammunition before the attack.

A former classmate of Crooks told Fox News Digital the killer had confronted him years earlier about his support for Trump and expressed a “smug” dislike for politicians.

Crooks’ online searches before the shooting included dates and times of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, photos of Trump and President Biden, and major depressive disorder.

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Feds Discover Transcripts of Biden Chats with Biographer

The Department of Justice (DOJ) told a federal judge on Monday that it does have transcripts of President Joe Biden’s discussions with his biographer from the classified documents probe into the president after saying last month that it did not.

The DOJ filed a court document in which it says that it found transcripts of taped conversations between Biden and biographer Mark Zwonitzer, with whom Biden shared classified information, as part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) battle with the Heritage Foundation over access to materials from special counsel Robert Hur’s investigation of the president.

DOJ’s disclosure that it does have transcripts of Biden talking with Zwonitzer contradicts its June assertion in court that “we don’t have some transcript that’s been created by the special counsel” and comes the day after Biden decided to quit the 2024 presidential race.

The DOJ discovered “in the past few days” that Hur’s office did have transcripts put together for some of Biden’s talks with Zwonitzer, which occurred while the writer was working on Biden memoirs published in 2007 and 2017, according to Politico.

The Justice Department had previously asserted that reviewing dozens of hours of taped conversations for classified material is a far more difficult and time-consuming task than combing through written materials.

“In the past few days…the Department located six electronic files, consisting of a total of 117 pages, that appeared to be verbatim transcripts of a small subset of the Biden-Zwonitzer audio recordings created for the SCO by a court-reporting service,” DOJ Attorney Cameron Silverberg wrote in the Monday court filing.

Silverberg is the same DOJ attorney who said in court on June 18 that “we don’t have some transcript that’s been created by the special counsel that we can attest to its accuracy,” per Politico.

The DOJ has been bombarded by FOIA requests from news outlets and conservative organizations since Hur released his report on Biden’s mishandling of classified documents in February, which concluded that the president should not be charged for wrongdoing in part because he would be perceived by a jury as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” Subsequently, the DOJ has not released the audio recordings of Biden’s October 2023 interviews with Hur to complement transcripts that have been released publicly and show that the president appeared to forget which years he was vice president and the year in which his eldest son passed away.

Democrats and Biden allies excoriated Hur and his report, asserting that language about the president’s mental acuity was gratuitous and that Hur was a partisan looking to undermine Biden with about nine months to go until Election Day.

Biden quit the presidential race Sunday following a massive internal pressure campaign from other Democrats who worried that the American public may permanently perceive Biden to be too frail to win an election following his terrible performance at the presidential debate in late June.

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Menendez to Resign from Senate Next Month

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) plans to resign from the Senate next month after being convicted in a bribery scandal last week, a source familiar has confirmed to The Hill.

The New Jersey Globe reported Menendez will step down effective Aug. 20.

Menendez faces potential decades in prison after being convicted on federal charges of bribery, acting as a foreign agent and the rest of the 16 counts he faced for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from business associates, including the owner of a company that prosecutors said benefited handsomely from Menendez’s influence over U.S. foreign policy.

The 70-year-old, who has held his seat since 2006, vowed to appeal the conviction. He had been planning to run for reelection as an independent in November.

“I have never violated my public oath,” Menendez said outside the courthouse after the trial. “I have never been anything but a patriot of my country and for my country. I have never, ever been a foreign agent.”

Menendez resisted calls to step down since the indictment was first handed down, at the time accusing the Department of Justice of trying to force him from Congress because of his “humble beginnings” as a first-generation Latino American, though he relinquished his post as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in accordance with Senate Democratic rules.

Once the verdict was announced, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who had previously stopped short of calling for Menendez’s resignation, said he should step down, as discussions of potentially expelling the New Jersey Democrat gained momentum.

More than half of the Senate Democratic Conference had called for Menendez to leave Congress prior to the conviction, as had New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D).

Over several weeks of trial, the government presented testimony that more than $486,000 in cash and $100,000 in gold bars were found in Menendez’s home by the FBI, and showed evidence that his wife — Nadine Menendez, who also faces charges but has yet to go to trial — frequently served as a go-between for her husband and the businessmen.

Prosecutors said the senator wielded his influence over U.S. foreign policy toward Egypt to help an associate, Wael Hana, obtain lucrative exclusive rights to certify American meat exports to Egypt as halal and also used his office to pressure the U.S. Department of Agriculture not to interfere with Hana’s monopoly.

They also accused Menendez of trying to intervene in the criminal prosecution of an associate of one of his co-defendants, and in return received a Mercedes-Benz worth $60,000.

Several superseding indictments accused him of conspiring to act as a federal agent of Egypt, accepting gifts from the Qatari government and conspiring to cover up the bribery scheme as prosecutors worked the case.

Menendez’s attorneys sought to pin the blame on the senator’s wife at times, contending she hid her dealings with the businessmen from him.

In his initial response to the indictment, Menendez said prosecutors had “misrepresented the normal work of a Congressional office. On top of that, not content with making false claims against me, they have attacked my wife for the longstanding friendships she had before she and I even met.”

“I have been falsely accused before because I refused to back down to the powers that be and the people of New Jersey were able to see through the smoke and mirrors and recognize I was innocent,” he continued.

Menendez had clashed with prosecutors previously, triumphing over an indictment brought nine years ago alleging he participated in a bribery scheme with a wealthy doctor, Salomon Melgen, who was later sentenced to 17 years in prison for a Medicare fraud scheme.

The Senate Ethics Committee later admonished Menendez in 2018 for having “knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts or significant value from Dr. Melgen without obtaining required Committee approval.”

Prosecutors failed to secure a conviction of Menendez after his trial on bribery charges ended with a hung jury in 2017.

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WATCH: Police Release Bodycam Video of Fatal Shooting of Sonya Massey in Her Home

Sonya Massey ducked and apologized to an Illinois sheriff’s deputy seconds before he shot the black woman three times in her home, with one fatal blow to the head, as seen in body camera video released Monday.

An Illinois grand jury indicted former Sangamon County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Grayson, 30, who is white, last week. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct.

The video confirmed prosecutors’ earlier account of the tense moment when Grayson yelled from across a counter at Massey to set down a pot of hot water. He then threatened to shoot her, Massey ducked, briefly rose, and Grayson fired his pistol at her.

Authorities said Massey, 36, had called 911 earlier to report a suspected prowler.

The video shows the two deputies responded just before 1 a.m. July 6 at her home in Springfield, 200 miles southwest of Chicago. They first walked around the house and found a black SUV with broken windows in the driveway.

It took Massey three minutes to open the door after the deputies knocked, and she immediately said, “Don’t hurt me.”

She seemed confused as they spoke at the door, and she repeated that she needed help, referenced God and told them she didn’t know who owned the car.

Inside the house, deputies seemed exasperated as she sat on her couch and went through her purse as they asked for identification to complete a report before leaving.

Then Grayson pointed out a pot sitting on a flame on the stove.

“We don’t need a fire while we’re here,” he said.

Massey immediately got up and went to the stove, moving the pot near a sink.

She and Grayson seemed to share a laugh over her pan of “steaming hot water” before she unexpectedly said, “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus.”

“You better (expletive) not or I swear to God I’ll (expletive) shoot you in your (expletive) face.” He then pulled his 9mm pistol and demanded she drop the pot.

Massey said, “OK, I’m sorry.” In Grayson’s body camera footage, he pointed his weapon at her. She ducked and raised her hands.

Grayson was still in the living room, facing Massey and separated by a counter dividing the living room and kitchen. Prosecutors have said the separation allowed Grayson both “distance and relative cover” from Massey and the pot of hot water.

After Grayson shoots her, Grayson discourages his partner from grabbing a medical kit to save her.

“You can go get it, but that’s a headshot,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do, man.”

He added: “What else do we do? I’m not taking hot (expletive) boiling water to the (expletive) face.”

Noting that Massey was still breathing, he relented and said he would get his kit, too. The other deputy said, “We can at least try to stop the bleeding.”

Grayson told responding police, “She had boiling water and came at me, with boiling water. She said she was going to rebuke me in the name of Jesus and came at me with boiling water.”

During a Monday afternoon news conference, the family’s lawyer, civil rights attorney Ben Crump, called Grayson’s “revisionist” justification “disingenuous.”

“She needed a helping hand. She did not need a bullet to her face,” Crump said of Massey.

Asked why Massey told Grayson, “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus,” Crump said she had undergone treatment for mental health issues. He noted that she invoked God’s name from the beginning of the encounter and asked for her Bible after the deputies stepped inside.

During Massey’s funeral on Friday, Crump said the video, which he and the family had already viewed, would “shock the conscience of America.”

Massey’s father, James Wilburn, demanded the county court system be completely open with its investigation and prosecution and transparent with the public.

“The only time I will see my baby again is when I leave this world,” Wilburn said. “And I don’t ever want anybody else in the United States to join this league.”

Grayson, who was fired last week, is being held in the Sangamon County Jail without bond. If convicted, he faces prison sentences of 45 years to life for murder, 6 to 30 years for battery and 2 to 5 years for misconduct.

His lawyer, Daniel Fultz, declined to comment Monday.

In a statement, President Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden were praying for Massey’s family “as they face this unthinkable and senseless loss.”

“When we call for help, all of us as Americans — regardless of who we are or where we live — should be able to do so without fearing for our lives,” Biden said.

“Sonya’s death at the hands of a responding officer reminds us that all too often Black Americans face fears for their safety in ways many of the rest of us do not.”

Massey’s death is the latest example of black people killed in recent years by police in their homes.

In May, a Hispanic Florida sheriff’s deputy shot and killed Roger Fortson, when the Air Force senior airman opened the door of his home in Fort Walton Beach armed with a handgun pointed down. The deputy, Eddie Duran, was fired.

In 2019, a white Fort Worth, Texas, officer fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson through a rear window of her home after responding to a nonemergency call reporting that Jefferson’s front door was open.

Aaron Dean, the former officer, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison.

In 2018, a white Dallas police officer fatally shot Botham Jean, who was unarmed, after mistaking his apartment for her own. Amber Guyger, the former officer, was convicted of murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Crump has represented families in each case as part of his effort to force accountability for the killings of black people at the hands of police.

Crump also has represented relatives of Earl Moore, a Springfield man who died after he was strapped face-down on a stretcher in December 2022. Two emergency medical professionals face murder charges in that case.

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Elon Musk Says His Trans Son Is ‘Dead’, ‘Killed by Woke Mind Virus’

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he was “tricked” into giving consent for his child to go on puberty blockers, adding that he believes “the woke mind virus” figuratively killed his son.

Musk made the comment in an interview with Dr. Jordan Peterson on Monday after he was asked about his thoughts on doctors performing sex change procedures on children, a practice both Musk and Peterson described as “evil.” Musk said that his experience with his child Xavier, who now goes by Vivian Jenna Wilson, opened his eyes to what he called “the woke mind virus,” which he has since vowed to “destroy.”

“It happened to one of my older boys, where I was essentially tricked into signing documents for one of my older boys, Xavier. This is before I had any understanding of what was going on. COVID was going on, so there was a lot of confusion and I was told Xavier might commit suicide if he doesn’t…” Musk told Peterson.

“That was a lie right from the outset,” Peterson interjected.

“Incredibly evil, and I agree with you that the people that have been promoting this should go to prison,” Musk responded.

Musk said it wasn’t explained to him that puberty blockers are “actually just sterilization drugs” when he gave his consent for his son to undergo the treatment. He called the term “gender affirming care” a “terrible euphemism.”

“I lost my son, essentially. They call it deadnaming for a reason,” Musk said.

“The reason it’s called deadnaming is because your son is dead. My son Xavier is dead, killed by the woke mind virus.”

Puberty blockers have been shown to cause long-term fertility problems in boys, a preprint study from Mayo Clinic concluded earlier this year.

The study found that puberty blockers’ impacts may be permanent, disputing claims that such effects can be reversed.

After an extended pause, Musk added, “I vowed to destroy the woke mind virus after that.”

Vivian Musk came out as transgender in June 2022. Around that same time, the then-18-year-old filed a request to change names from Xavier to Vivian and take her mother’s last name, the Daily Mail reported.

“I no longer want to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form,” Vivian said at the time.

Musk’s pledge to take on the “woke” left likely inspired his latest decision to move the California headquarters for SpaceX to Texas, after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that will bar school districts from notifying parents if their child uses different pronouns or identifies as a gender that’s different from what’s on school records.

“This is the final straw,” Musk wrote on X, his social media platform, in explaining his decision. “Because of this law and the many others that preceded it, attacking both families and companies, SpaceX will now move its HQ from Hawthorne, California, to Starbase, Texas.”

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Kamala Harris Secures Enough Delegates to Win the Democratic Nomination

Vice President Kamala Harris has secured the support of enough Democratic delegates to become her party’s nominee against Republican Donald Trump, according to an Associated Press survey, as top Democrats rallied to her in the aftermath of President Joe Biden’s decision to drop his bid for reelection.

The quick coalescing behind Harris marked an attempt by the party to put weeks of internecine drama over Biden’s political future behind them and to unify behind the task of defeating Trump with just over 100 days until Election Day. Prominent Democratic elected officials, party leaders and political organizations quickly lined up behind Harris in the day after Biden’s exit from the race and her campaign set a new 24-hour record for presidential donations on Monday.

Several state delegations met late Monday to confirm their support for Harris, including Texas and her home state of California. By Monday night, Harris had the support of well more than the 1,976 delegates she’ll need to win on a first ballot, according to the AP tally. No other candidate was named by a delegate contacted by the AP.

California state Democratic Chairman Rusty Hicks said 75% to 80% of the state’s delegation were on a call Tuesday and they unanimously supported Harris.

“I’ve not heard anyone mentioning or calling for any other candidate,” Hicks said. “Tonight’s vote was a momentous one.”

Still, the AP is not calling Harris the new presumptive nominee. That’s because the convention delegates are still free to vote for the candidate of their choice at the convention in August or if Democrats go through with a virtual roll call ahead of that gathering in Chicago.

Harris, in a statement, responded to the AP tally, saying she is “grateful to President Biden and everyone in the Democratic Party who has already put their faith in me, and I look forward to taking our case directly to the American people.”

Worries over Biden’s fitness for office were replaced by fresh signs of unity after a seismic shift to the presidential contest that upended both major political parties’ carefully honed plans for the 2024 race.

Speaking to campaign staff in Wilmington, Delaware, Harris acknowledged the “rollercoaster” of the last several weeks, but expressed confidence in her new campaign team.

“It is my intention to go out and earn this nomination and to win,” she said. She promised to “unite our Democratic Party, to unite our nation, and to win this election.”

She quickly leaned into the themes that will be prominent in her campaign against Trump over the coming 100 days, contrasting her time as a prosecutor with Trump’s felony convictions — “I know Donald Trump’s type,” she said — and casting herself as a defender of economic opportunity and abortion access.

“Our fight for the future is also a fight for freedoms,” she said. “The baton is in our hands.”

The president called into the meeting from his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where he is recovering from COVID-19, to lend his support to Harris. He planned to talk about his decision to step aside in an address to the nation later this week.

“The name has changed at the top of the ticket, but the mission hasn’t changed at all,” Biden said in his first public remarks since announcing his decision to step aside, promising he was “not going anywhere” and plans to campaign on Harris’ behalf.

Biden said of his decision, “It was the right thing to do.”

As he handed off the mantle of leadership to Harris, Biden added: “I’m watching you kid. I love you.”

Harris was headed to the battleground state of Wisconsin on Tuesday as her campaign for the White House kicks into high gear. The event in Milwaukee will be her first full-fledged campaign event since announcing her candidacy.

The AP tally is based on interviews with individual delegates, public statements from state parties, many of which have announced that their delegations are supporting Harris en masse, and public statements and endorsements from individual delegates.

Locking up the nomination was only the first item on the staggering political to-do list for Harris after learning of Biden’s plans to leave the race Sunday morning on a call with the president. She must also pick a running mate and pivot a massive political operation that had been built to reelect Biden to boost her candidacy instead.

On Sunday afternoon, Biden’s campaign formally changed its name to Harris for President, reflecting that she is inheriting his political operation of more than 1,000 staffers and war chest that stood at nearly $96 million at the end of June. She added $81 million to that total in the first 24 hours after Biden’s endorsement, her campaign said — a presidential fundraising record — with contributions from more than 888,000 donors.

The campaign also saw a surge of interest after Harris took over, with more than 28,000 new volunteers registered since the announcement — a rate more than 100 times an average day from the previous Biden reelection campaign, underscoring the enthusiasm behind Harris.

Big-name Harris endorsements Monday, including from Govs. Wes Moore of Maryland, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Andy Beshear of Kentucky, left a vanishing list of potential rivals.

House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi, who had been one of the notable holdouts, initially encouraging a primary to strengthen the eventual nominee, said she was lending her “enthusiastic support” to Harris’ effort to lead the party.

Harris, if elected, would be the first woman and first person of South Asian descent to be president.

The Democratic National Convention is scheduled to be held Aug. 19-22 in Chicago, but the party had announced before Biden dropped out that it would hold a virtual roll call to formally nominate Biden before in-person proceedings begin. The convention’s rules committee is scheduled to meet this week to finalize its nomination process with a virtual vote as soon as Aug. 1, the party announced on Monday, with the process completed by Aug. 7.

“We can and will be both fast and fair as we execute this nomination,” Jaime Harrison, the Democratic National Committee’s chair, said on a conference call with reporters.

The party said the virtual roll call would feature multiple rounds of voting on nominees if multiple candidates meet the qualification threshold. To qualify, candidates must have the electronic signatures of 300 convention delegates.

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The Cunning Ploy Devious Democrats Used to Sabotage Biden’s Campaign

The Democrat Party plot to get Joe Biden to drop out has been long in the works, a Biden insider claims.

That plan came to fruition on Sunday, when the 81-year-old president dramatically announced the end of his campaign before endorsing Vice President Kamala Harris.

However, a source close to Biden’s family is saying that the party put together a ‘palace coup’ over the course of recent weeks, with the president fighting it until he was threatened with being forced out.

The insider says that the disastrous debate against Donald Trump on June 27 – the earliest presidential debate in history – was part of the strategy, despite being publicly requested by Biden on social media.

‘That debate was a set-up to convince Democrats that he couldn’t run for president,’ the source told the New York Post.

Biden was often seen on split screen with his mouth agape and a blank stare during the showdown against Trump last month, immediately sending Democrats into a freak out.

Though publicly, most of the faces of the left stayed behind Biden, in the shadows, party powerbrokers were threatening to invoke the 25th amendment.

Section 4 of the amendment allows for removal of a president who is deemed incapacitated by any kind of illness, injury, or mental impairment.

One of the few trusted by Biden who believed he was being pushed out: troubled son Hunter, who became a gatekeeper for his father after the debate.

‘Hunter felt he was being set up and he was very concerned about his father. These people, these officials were not on Joe’s side,’ the source claimed.

They also said that it might not be a straight shot to the nomination for Harris, despite Biden’s endorsement.

The source claimed that Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona may be a popular pick of delegates, though the former astronaut has already endorsed Harris.

Once Biden was finally, officially convinced to get out, everything moved at the speed of light.

He was isolating with COVID at his $3.4 million holiday home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, when his shrinking inner circle handed him polling data showing he could no longer beat Donald Trump.

That was when they composed a letter saying it was time for him to step aside for the good of the future of the Democratic party.

Donors had pulled millions of dollars in funds, the list of Democrats telling him to drop out was growing by the day, and polls suggested that his chances of beating Donald Trump were dwindling after his disastrous debate performance.

Biden had previously insisted that he would only step aside if he was shown polling that proved Kamala Harris would fare better than him against Trump, or if he developed a ‘medical condition’. In the end, it was the first of those developments that sealed his fate.

Biden went to bed on Saturday night at the beach house, knowing he would announce his bombshell the next day.

At 1:45 pm on Sunday he began calling his senior staff at the White House and the campaign.

By that time he had already told Harris and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

At 1:46 pm, his campaign account posted a letter from the president announcing his decision even as he was still on the staff call.

Most of his staff – both in the White House and at the campaign – were shocked. They learned the news online, getting the alert when the @JoeBiden account posted the president’s missive.

It capped a chaotic 48 hours for the Biden family as they hunkered in behind their patriarch with a small, inner circle of longtime aides supporting them. Some were even reporting back to Jill Biden about those staffers deemed disloyal.

Meanwhile, Biden had veered from angry at the pressure from his party to acceptance of the situation.

And once his final decision was made on Saturday night, the rest moved quickly.

Biden called Harris directly to tell her the news.

He also had one-on-one calls with White House chief of staff Jeff Zients and campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon, according to reports. He would also speak with his Cabinet, Members of Congress, governors, and supporters.

But it all happened so fast many staff were hurt about the way they learned of the news, although they weren’t surprised by it.

Harris then announced she was running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Key Takeaways from Secret Service Director’s Congressional Grilling on Trump Shooting

House members on both sides of the aisle left the Oversight Committee hearing on the shooting at former President Donald Trump’s rally feeling unsatisfied and frustrated with the lack of information from Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle.

Cheatle declined to provide specifics on how the shooter accessed the roof that allowed him to take aim at Trump and shoot the former president and three others, one fatally, before he was killed by a Secret Service sniper. She also deflected many questions and asked members to speak to the FBI, which is taking point on the federal investigation into the assassination attempt.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and several other members grilled and blasted Cheatle for her “lame” answers. Jordan at one point asked her if she was “guessing or lying” regarding the Secret Service’s denial of extra security for Trump.

Bipartisan calls for Cheatle to step down grow after disastrous hearing

Democrats and Republicans all agreed that the hearing was disastrous for Cheatle after she failed to provide concrete answers on anything related to the shooting. Frequent answers of “This is an ongoing investigation” caused many members to call on her to resign from both sides of the aisle.

After the hourslong testimony that yielded little to no results, ranking member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) in asking for Cheatle to resign. Reps. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Byron Donalds (R-FL), and several others called on Cheatle to resign during the hearing.

A group of House Republicans, led by Rep. Nick Langworthy (D-NY), introduced a resolution during the hearing calling for Cheatle’s termination as director of the Secret Service.

Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL), who does not sit on the Oversight Committee, is planning to introduce impeachment articles against Cheatle.

“In light of Kimberly Cheatle’s unacceptable handling of the Trump assassination attempt, her disastrous appearance before the House Oversight committee today, and her refusal to resign, we have no choice but to impeach,” Steube said on X. “I will be filing articles of impeachment against Kimberly Cheatle this afternoon.”

Secret Service was told about ‘suspicious person’ at Trump rally multiple times before shooting

Cheatle said the agency was told about a suspicious person at Trump’s rally many times.

“I don’t have an exact number to share with you today, but from what I have been able to discern, somewhere between two and five times, there was some sort of communication about a suspicious individual,” Cheatle said.

She confirmed the suspicious person was photographed but told Raskin that the Secret Service distinguishes someone as suspicious and, separately, someone as a threat.

She said if someone had been considered threatening, “we never would have brought the former president onstage.”

Cheatle also said no one has been fired or put in a position to lose their job and would not answer whether she is prepared to fire anyone who was at the event when the investigation reveals specific security failures.

Top Intelligence Republican calls on Biden to fire Cheatle for being almost ‘culpable’ in Trump shooting

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) said if Trump had been killed in the shooting, Cheatle would have not only looked incompetent but “culpable.”

“Because Donald Trump is alive today, and thank God he is, you look incompetent,” Turner said. “If Donald Trump had been killed, you would have looked culpable. There is no aspect of this that indicates that there has been any protection to Donald Trump.”

“Not only should you resign, if you refuse to do so, President Biden needs to fire you because his life, Donald Trump’s life, and all the other people which you protect are at risk because you have no concept of the aspect that the security footprint needs to be correlated to the threat,” Turner said.

Cheatle grades Secret Service protection of Trump an ‘A’ but acknowledges failures

House Education Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who called the rally shooting an example of a “cascade of failures” at the Secret Service, asked Cheatlewhat “grade” she would give the performance by the agency’s performance at the rally.

“As I’ve stated ma’am, this was clearly a failure,” Cheatle said. “I would grade the agents and officers who selflessly threw themselves in front of the president and neutralize the threat an ‘A.’ I think we need to examine the events that led up to, and prior to, that day.”

Cheatle has not visited site but called Trump to apologize

The director told members that she has not visited the site of the shooting but did apologize to Trump in a phone call after the assassination attempt.

Members of the House Homeland Security Committee visited the site on Monday while the oversight hearing was ongoing.

Members frustrated with Cheatle’s lack of detail after nine days

Many members laughed and shook their heads at Cheatle while she dodged questions on the shooting. When Cheatle said she could not provide specifics on the incident, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) asked, “Why are you here?” Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) also laughed and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) shook her head and said “unbelievable” when Cheatle offered similar remarks.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) questioned why it has been several days since the shooting and Cheatle has yet to provide concrete details to the public.

“The fact that it’s been nine days and these are simple questions to answer. … This is a joke,” Donalds said. “And, director, you’re in charge. And that’s why you need to go.”

Democrats were also taking issue with the absence of detail in Cheatle’s answers.

“We are currently in the midst of … an especially concentrated presidential campaign,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said. “So the idea that a report will be finalized in 60 days, let alone prior to any actionable decisions that would be made, is simply not acceptable.”

“It has been 10 days since an assassination attempt on a former president of the United States. Regardless of party, there need to be answers,” the New York Democrat said. “This is not a moment of theater. We need to make policy decisions, and we need to make them now.”

Rep. Summer Lee (D-PA) asked Cheatle if she “really plans to avoid answering questions” about the shooting, with Cheatle responding that once she had a report, she would come back and answer committee questions.

Moskowitz compares Cheatle’s performance to testimony at Education Committee’s antisemitism hearing

Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) gave Cheatle an “honest assessment” and said her testimony was not going well, relating it to the statements given by university presidents at the Education Committee’s antisemitism hearing.

“It didn’t go well, and the short end of that story was, the university [presidents] all resigned; they’re gone,” Moskowitz said. “That’s how this is going for you. This is where this is headed. This is — I don’t know who prepared you for this, I don’t know how many times you’ve testified in front of Congress, but a president was almost assassinated live on television … and this being your first opportunity — and I understand there’s an ongoing investigation and I understand there’s things that you can not talk about.”

“But the idea that we’re getting less than you did on television is something that Democrats, independents, or Republicans are going to find unacceptable,” Moskowitz added.

Khanna corrects Cheatle on resignation of Stuart Knight, head of Secret Service during failed Reagan assassination attempt

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) put Cheatle in the hot seat after correcting her on the path former Secret Service Director Stuart Knight took following the failed assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.

When asked what Knight did following the shooting, Cheatle said he stayed on as director. Khanna corrected Cheatle, stating that he resigned in 1981. Ultimately, Khanna said, he thinks Cheatle should resign.

“I just don’t think this is partisan,” Khanna said. “If you have an assassination attempt on a president, a former president, or a candidate, you need to resign.”

Biggs calls for independent commission while offering support for task force

While the House is poised to vote on a bill establishing a bipartisan task force to look into the assassination attempt, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said he thinks Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) needs to take it a step further due to Cheatle’s lack of answers.

“I am calling, and I’ll support that, on the speaker to give us and put together a truly independent commission of qualified former Secret Service agencies, presidential and VIP Protective Services people who can actually conduct this kind of investigation and give us real answers because I don’t think you’re going to give us those answers,” Biggs said. “You should have come today ready to give us answers. I call upon you to resign today. Today.”

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