After several botched attempts at pretending to operate under the imperative of honesty, Trump Jr. abandoned his initial insistence that the meeting was only about the block on Russian adoptions (read: sanctions), and reportedly scooped the Times by posting images of the email chain arranging the meeting to social media the next day. Indeed, as of Tuesday afternoon, what clearly appears to be collusion with Russia, once written off as a liberal fever dream, is now evidenced by screenshots on the president’s son’s Twitter feed.
“[The information] would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” wrote Rob Goldstone, the former British tabloid writer and publicist who was involved with setting up the meeting. “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Trump Jr.’s reaction to a foreign government working to interfere with the United States’ election should have been a phone call to the FBI. Instead, within minutes, he shot back, “I love it.”
This is a definitive tipping point in the continued investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. Although national security should be the primary concern of the White House, the president and his surrogates insist on degrading the news organizations working to report the story, while disseminating yet another grab-bag of conflicting messages. Given Trump’s past behavior, it’s nothing less than foolish to assume that the health of the nation is his top priority. And yet, despite the distraction, deception, and outright buffoonery of a president who appears to be acting in opposition to the interests of his own people, the following three facts have been rendered unassailable with the help of Trump Jr.’s emails: 1) Russia interfered in our election, with the aim of aiding Trump. 2) The Trump administration has repeatedly lied about, or otherwise concealed, contact with the Russian government. And 3), we now know with complete certainty that the Trump campaign attempted to collude with the Russian government.
A black 19-year-old woman was punched in the mouth by an officer, bitten by a police K9 and arrested last month after an officer said he mistook her for a 180-pound bald man suspected of threatening people with a machete at a nearby grocery store.
Tatyana Hargrove’s story has been gaining attention this week after the NAACP’s Bakersfield chapter released a Facebook video Monday morning recapping the incident, which it said was racially motivated.
It comes about six months after the group released a similar video alleging two black college students were roughed up similarly by Bakersfield Police Department officers without cause.
In the most recent video, Hargrove alleges that on June 18 she was walking home from Wooden Nickel Trading Company on Ming Avenue, where she had gone for a Father’s Day gift, when she was approached by an officer. He drew his gun as soon as he got out of his patrol car, she claims.
The result of the contact? An altercation that left Hargrove with scrapes, bruises, a punch to the mouth from one officer and a bite from a K9 released by another. During the course of her arrest, Hargrove said she feared for her life.
“He [the officer] put his other knee on my head, and I told him, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’ and I started yelling out: ‘Somebody help me, somebody help me, they’re going to kill me,’” Hargrove said in the video, which received more than 225,000 views in eight hours and attracted hundreds of comments expressing frustration and anger.
She declined to speak to The Californian through NAACP Bakersfield chapter President Patrick Jackson, who spoke on her behalf.
She was arrested on suspicion of resisting or delaying an officer and aggravated assault on an officer, according to BPD arrest records.
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