Fauci says he knew the ex-Pence aide who blasted Trump and called her a good person

Olivia Troye

Top US infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said he knew former Pence aide Olivia Troye and said she was "important" to the coronavirus task force.

Troye spoke in a scathing ad released Thursday, condemning President Donald Trump and his administration for their response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Fauci declined to comment on the ad, but he described Troye as "important to the team."

"I interacted with Olivia. I liked her, she was a good person," Fauci said. "She was important to the team as a staff person to the Coronavirus Task Force, but I don't know what to make of what has come out recently. It would be very difficult for me to comment on that."

"The only thing I can say is that there are a lot of people who are looking carefully and are driven by the truth," the infectious disease expert continued. "I think the American people should feel confidence in that — that a lot of people are looking at this very, very carefully to make sure that there's not political things that drive what should be scientific considerations."

Fauci has largely avoided offering input on the politicization of the virus and has rarely rebuked the president, despite Trump's attacks on the infectious disease expert and his expert advice throughout the pandemic.

Prior to stepping down in late July, Troye served as Vice President Mike Pence's homeland security adviser and his lead coronavirus staff member on the White House coronavirus task force.

"Towards the middle of February, we knew it wasn't a matter of if COVID would become a big pandemic here in the United States, it was a matter of when," Troye said in the ad run by a group called Republican Voters against Trump. "But the President didn't want to hear that, because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year."

She claimed that, during a task force meeting, Trump said, "Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people," adding that she was a "John McCain Republican" and a "George Bush Republican" and endorsed Joe Biden for president.

 

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Russia working to help reelect President Trump FBI chief says

Russia is mounting “very active efforts” to interfere with the U.S. election to benefit President Trump, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress on Thursday.

Unlike their activities during the 2016 presidential election, the Russians do not seem to be using their cyber capabilities to target the U.S. election infrastructure, according to Wray. Instead, the Kremlin’s approach is one of “malign foreign influence,” with Russia utilizing “social media, use of proxies, state media, online journals, etc.,” he told a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Without mentioning Trump by name, the FBI director said Russia’s actions represent “an effort to both sow divisiveness and discord and … to denigrate Vice President [Joe] Biden and what the Russians see as kind of an anti-Russian establishment.”

Biden is Trump’s Democratic opponent in the upcoming election.

Among numerous concerns regarding election security, Wray said his biggest was that “the steady drumbeat of misinformation” as well as the “amplification of smaller cyber intrusions” would lead Americans to lose confidence “in the validity of their vote.” If that were to happen, “that would be a perception, not a reality,” he added. “Americans can and should have confidence in our election system.”

Christopher Wray

During the hearing, Wray also addressed continuing concerns about domestic terrorism.

He said the number of domestic terrorism investigations the FBI is conducting this year is “a good bit” higher than the usual figure of about 1,000. 

While those figures include everything from “racially motivated violent extremists to violent anarchist extremists [and] militia types,” in recent years white supremacists had been responsible for more lethal domestic violence than any other single category of extremist, he said.

As a result, in 2019 the FBI “elevated racially motivated violent extremism” to the same threat priority level as homegrown jihadist extremism and the Islamic State, Wray said.

However, so far this year, &ld

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Black NY jogger called racial slur hit with glass bottle in viral video

Tiffany Johnson

Authorities say that 37-year-old Tiffany Johnson was jogging in Queens when a white woman approached her and threw a glass bottle at her while calling her the n-word. 

“She was so loud and aggressive,” Johnson told ABC7. “She did call me the n-word, and I mean I’m not an n-word, none of us are, but the reality is that this woman felt that she needed me to be that, and I would just say that she needs to look into herself as to why.” 

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Is the CDC Downplaying the Efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine To Resist Trump

As PJM’s Stacey Lennox noted yesterday, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo recently warned on Facebook live that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “was harboring a ‘resistance unit’ to Trump.”

Caputo alleged that career scientists “haven’t gotten out of their sweatpants except for meetings at coffee shops” to plot “how they’re going to attack Donald Trump.”

“There are scientists who work for this government who do not want America to get well, not until after Joe Biden is president,” Caputo added.

While the media has tried to present Caputo as unhinged, could he actually be right? Is it actually possible that there are experts at the CDC who are more concerned with “resisting” Trump than public health?

I think the answer lies in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from September 4. Titled, “Hydroxychloroquine and Chloroquine Prescribing Patterns by Provider Specialty Following Initial Reports of Potential Benefit for COVID-19 Treatment — United States, January–June 2020” which details the increase in hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine prescriptions this year. The report is largely just a detailed analysis of the number of prescriptions this year but not-so-discreetly included in the report is the following claim in its summary:

“Earlier this year, [hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine] were widely reported to be of potential benefit in the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. However, current data indicate that the potential benefits of these drugs do not outweigh their risks.”

Excuse me?

The most commonly cited claim against hydroxychloroquine (echoed in the CDC’s MMWR) is fatal heart damage, which was reported in two bogus studies, the debunked VA study, and another flawed study in Brazil from April. But as veteran virologist Steven Hatfill explained, the media never mentioned that the Brazilian doctors in that study “were giving their patients lethal cumulative doses of the drug.”

Two other studies followed linking hydroxychloroquine to higher mortality, but those studies were based on faulty data, and two

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