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    Judge Merrick Garland is set for easy confirmation as attorney general, but some Republican senators want to make sure he doesn't get a free pass. They're concerned by Garland's comments Monday during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he shied away from labeling as domestic terrorism riots at a Portland, Oregon, courthouse last summer that were instigated by left-wing activists. During a Monday exchange with Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, Biden's attorney general nominee said that because the riots occurred at night and while the courthouse was not in operation, it was questionable that they could be classified as "domestic terrorism." Garland's comments came after an opening statement in which he promised to make prosecution of people involved in the Jan. 6 riot inside the Capitol building his top priority. Garland told Hawley that both the attacks on the courthouse in Portland and the Capitol building riot...
    A man who allegedly fired five shots into a Portland, Oregon, federal courthouse was arrested two days earlier at a Salem, Oregon, “Stop the Steal” rally, court documents filed Sunday stated. Cody Levi Melby, 39, allegedly climbed over the temporary security fence put into place this summer to keep rioters outside the federal courthouse before opening fire on the building on Friday, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. KPTV reported that several bullets were fired into the building’s exterior. No injuries were reported during the attack. Then, two courthouse security officers spotted him on a closed-circuit security camera and then approached him. The U.S. attorney’s office said Melby told the officers he was armed and was taken into custody without further incident. Melby is facing charges of trespassing, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree criminal mischief, four counts of discharging a firearm in city limits, and possession of a loaded firearm, according to records...
    Washington (CNN)Jonathan Swan, a reporter for Axios, has revealed the magic words that expose President Donald Trump's lies for what they are.Who? What? How? No.Read MoreIn an interview that aired Monday night on "Axios on HBO," Swan demolished some of Trump's most dishonest talking points with a powerful tactic that has rarely been used by the people Trump has allowed to interview him:Basic follow-up questions.Many of Trump's interviewers are right-wing sycophants who have no interest in challenging him. But Trump has defeated even his other interviewers by employing a strategy we can call the hit-and-run -- saying dishonest stuff, then darting ahead to other dishonest stuff before the interviewer reacts. Swan -- like Fox News' Chris Wallace, to a slightly lesser extent, in an interview that aired July 19 -- came armed with facts and prepared to use them, even if he had to interrupt Trump like Trump interrupts others....
    The Oregon State Police (OSP) will no longer be safeguarding the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, located in downtown Portland, the site of frequent rioting, a police official announced Thursday. “At this time we are inclined to move those resources back to counties where prosecution of criminal conduct is still a priority,” OSP Capt. Timothy Fox said. PORTLAND MAN CHARGED WITH ARSON AFTER ALLEGEDLY SETTING FIRE TO DOWNTOWN COURTHOUSE The notification follows District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s announcement that a portion of the more than 500 misdemeanor and felony charges brought against protests since May 29, will be dropped. The DA’s office noted that they do not have unlimited resources to handle the 74 straight nights of protests that accrued after the death of George Floyd, reported Oregon Public Broadcasting. “The presumption on a lot of these cases that are listed out there is that we won’t prosecute,” Schmidt said Tuesday....
    A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security claimed a federal courthouse would have been burned down if federal police had not been there to defend it from rioters. "If we had left, we all would have watched as a courthouse was taken over and burned to the ground," acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said during a webinar with the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank on Monday. CBP was one of the federal law enforcement agencies whose personnel were deployed to Oregon in late June and early July following physical attacks to the Hatfield federal courthouse downtown, which federal law states must be protected by DHS's Federal Protective Services officers. The FPS officers were unable to defend the building from commercial fireworks and arsonists, prompting deployments of tactical teams from CBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as the Justice Department's U.S. Marshals Service. In...
    Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that President Trump saved the city of Portland, Oregon. President Trump ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to send in around 100 Federal Protective Service (FPS) agents to defend the federal courthouse that had been under siege for two months by violent anarchists who were intending to destroy the building. Miller, in an appearance on Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel on Tuesday evening, made the case that the Trump administration’s actions have officially quelled the violence of the “riotous mob” by stopping those rioters from setting off a chain reaction of events that would have led to more destruction beyond  the federal courthouse. “Donald Trump saved the city of Portland,” Miller said. “Let’s not beat around the bush. If a riotous mob has succeeded in pillaging, plundering, and ultimately burning down...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution that the nightly assaults on the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, required government intervention, because local law enforcement refused to quell the attacks on the building and the federal officers already stationed on the property. Graham asked Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli about the fate of the courthouse if additional officers had not been deployed. “If we’d done nothing, what would have happened to the courthouse, Mr. Cuccinelli, in Portland?” Graham asked.  “That courthouse wouldn’t be there in any functional ….” Cuccinelli said. “So I challenge anybody on the other side to say different,” Graham said, interrupting Cuccinelli and challenging Democrats on the committee. “If we hadn’t intervened, they’d have burned the God damn thing down,” Graham said. Graham went on to cite the unrest in Seattle, where rioters took...
    A Portland protester was stabbed Monday night time throughout a battle with a girl who took footage inside a metropolis park that housed demonstrators for months, in accordance with police and social media footage. The confrontation went down about 6:20 p.m. contained in the Lownsdale Sq. park throughout from Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, cops stated. After capturing images and video on the park, the girl started arguing with protesters and stabbed considered one of them in her chest, police stated. Footage posted to TikTok and shared on Twitter reveals the sufferer and different protesters tailing the suspect after the stabbing. “Name the police!” a girl filming repeatedly says earlier than urging the suspect to drop the knife. “I informed you to not f–ok with us,” a person additionally says as he and the sufferer, with blood pouring from her chest, confront the girl. “You stabbed somebody, you...
    A Portland protester was stabbed Monday night during a fight with a woman who took footage inside a city park that housed demonstrators for months, according to police and social media footage. The confrontation went down about 6:20 p.m. inside the Lownsdale Square park across from Portland’s Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, cops said. After shooting photos and video at the park, the woman began arguing with protesters and stabbed one of them in her chest, police said. Footage posted to TikTok and shared on Twitter shows the victim and other protesters tailing the suspect after the stabbing. “Call the police!” a woman filming repeatedly says before urging the suspect to drop the knife. “I told you not to f–k with us,” a man also says as he and the victim, with blood pouring from her chest, confront the woman. “You stabbed someone, you b—h,” the man says. The victim...
    (CNN)You knew this was coming.In a tweet heard around the world, US President Donald Trump has floated the idea of delaying November's election. It was the inevitable conclusion of his incessant lies that mail-in voting -- an attractive option amid a pandemic -- is prone to massive fraud.But World War II and the Civil War didn't stop voting, and the coronavirus crisis likely won't either. Trump has no power to set the dates for elections; the Constitution says that's up to Congress. And the swift rejection of the idea of a delayed election even by Trump's Republican allies did more to express the President's diminished power than to suggest an imminent authoritarian takeover.That doesn't mean Trump's tweet is not pernicious. The vote is sacred -- but it is becoming a prop in Trump's preparations for a face-saving exit, should voters send him packing (an increasingly plausible scenario, according to national...
    The Daily Caller’s chief video director Richie McGinniss captured an absolutely amazing shot of the chaos in Portland, Oregon before heading back to the East Coast.
    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the federal government would not leave Portland, Oregon, until the city was secured. “They either clean out their city and do it right, or we’re going to have to do it for them,” Trump said. The president spoke to reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Texas. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced Wednesday that they had reached an agreement with the federal government for a “phased withdrawal” of federal agents from Portland. But Trump said that if Democrats failed to secure the city, the federal government would act. “If they don’t secure their city soon, we have no choice — we’re going to have to go in and clean it out,” he said. “We’ll do it very easily. We’re all prepared to do it.” Portland has become a focal point of the president’s determination to combat violent rioters with...
    The Trump administration reached an agreement Wednesday with Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on a plan to stop violence in Portland, but appear to disagree on the timeline. President Donald Trump told reporters earlier Wednesday that federal troops will remain in the city until it is “secure.” Hours later, Brown announced an agreement with the administration. Brown claimed that “starting tomorrow, all Customs and Border Protection & ICE officers will leave downtown Portland.” “Our local Oregon State Police officers will be downtown to protect Oregonians’ right to free speech and keep the peace,” Brown added. “Let’s center the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands for racial justice and police accountability. It’s time for bold action to reform police practices.” Our local Oregon State Police officers will be downtown to protect Oregonians’ right to free speech and keep the peace. Let’s center the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands for racial justice and...
    A protester climbs the fence People in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland as the city experiences another night of unrest on July 26, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Spencer Platt/Getty Images The city of Portland, Oregon, says the federal government owes it nearly $200,000 in fines for its placement of fencing around the courthouse that has blocked a bike lane. The Portland Bureau of Transportation is charging the Department of Homeland Security $500 for every 15 minutes the fence blocks a bike lane outside the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse. Local officials have clashed with the federal government over the Trump administration's deployment of federal agents in the city to quash ongoing protests. Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said she would typically send city personnel to remove the fence, but did not want to "send workers into harm's way." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories....
    Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning that Democrats cut off a video he showed during his opening statement at a Tuesday hearing with Attorney General William Barr before it ended. "They wouldn't let us complete our video, they wouldn't let him answer questions..." Jordan, R-Ohio, said. "They pulled the plug on the video?" host Steve Doocy asked. BARR SPARS WITH DEMS ON TRUMP TIES, RIOTS AT FIERY HOUSE HEARING "Yeah, it wasn't all the way through. We had more to show. They wouldn't let him answer the questions. And there was a point where they weren't even going to let him take a restroom break," Jordan responded. The House Judiciary GOP posted the full video on its Twitter account Tuesday after the opening statement by Jordan. A comparison between the video posted by the Judiciary Committee Republicans and the tape from...
    The Trump administration has initiated talks with Oregon's governor's office about withdrawing federal agents deployed to quell protests as Portland officials reveal the city is fining the government $500 every 15 minutes for erecting an unauthorized fence around its courthouse.  The White House would agree to draw down the presence of troops if the state stepped up its own enforcement, an anonymous senior White House official said to AP Tuesday. The talks are with the office of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and are in the early stages and there is still no agreement.  The news came as the city of Portland announced its own action against the deployment of troops by fining the federal government until it removes an unpermitted fence around the Mark O. Hatfield courthouse. The Trump administration has initiated talks with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's office indicating it would begin to withdraw the presence of federal...
    Attorney General William Barr said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday that left-wing groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter have “hijacked legitimate protests” over the death of a black man in police custody by rioting for two months in Portland, Oregon, attacking police and trying to destroy the federal courthouse and other federal property in the city.  “I want to address a different breakdown in the rule of law that we have witnessed over the past two months,” Barr said. “In the wake of George Floyd’s death, violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction on innocent victims.” “The current situation in Portland is a telling example,” Barr said. “Every night for the past two months, a mob of hundreds of rioters has laid siege to the federal courthouse and other nearby federal property.”  “The rioters have come equipped for a...
    You've seen the videos: armored police shooting objects into crowds in Portland, teargassing the city's mayor and beating protesters who stand in the way of their tactical advances. But why are federal officers in Portland, and have they fueled violence as critics and city officials claim?  How did Portland become the epicenter of protests against police violence? Portland had seen nearly 40 consecutive nights of protests against police violence and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, but city officials say the nightly demonstrations were dwindling when the Department of Homeland Security decided on July 4 to increase its presence around Portland's federal courthouse. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox What happened at the federal courthouse? On the night of July 3, a small group of people shattered a glass door at the federal building, which is within a block of both...
    Daily Caller reporters are on the ground in Portland, Oregon, to get exclusive footage of federal agents in a days-long standoff with protesters and rioters outside the city’s federal courthouse.
    Police seen at the scene of a shooting in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday evening, the 60th night of demonstrations in the city. KPTV One person was hospitalized after a shooting a block away from the Portland protests Sunday evening.  The police took two suspects into custody in connection to the shooting.  The shooting took place on the 60th consecutive night of protests in the city.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. On the 60th night of anti-police protests in Portland, Oregon, a nearby shooting sent one person to the hospital.  The gunfire was reported just before 7:30 p.m. at Southwest Fourth Ave and Salmon Street, one block away from the federal courthouse that has been the scene of nightly protests for two months.  According to local news station KATU, one person was taken into custody immediately after the shooting, while a second suspect was apprehended later.  When...
    PORTLAND, Ore. — The Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse and federal officers continue to be targeted night after night in Portland, but some in the media are downplaying the violence. Protests and riots in Portland are nearing 60 consecutive days. During that time, the courthouse and officers guarding it have repeatedly been subjected to violent acts by rioters, as Daily Caller reporters on the ground have reported. Despite this, many in the media have downplayed the violence, with CNN’s Brian Stelter claiming that it’s simply the “right-wing media” playing “up Portland protest ‘violence.'” “Right-wing media ramped up its coverage of scattered unrest in Portland, Oregon last week at roughly the same time that federal officers descended on the downtown area,” Stelter wrote on July 20. ” [Fox News’ Sean] Hannity and other Fox hosts evidently decided that a small group of self-described anarchists suddenly deserved national news coverage.” Stelter continued on to...
    Daily Caller’s chief video director Richie McGinniss and media reporter Shelby Talcott are on the ground in Portland, Oregon covering all of the protests at the courthouse.
    Federal law enforcement officers face off demonstrators during a protest against racial inequality and police violence in Portland, Oregon, U.S., July 26, 2020.Caitlin Ochs | Reuters Protests took a violent turn in several U.S. cities overnight, with demonstrators squaring off against agents outside a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, forcing police in Seattle to retreat into a station house and setting fire to vehicles during unrest in California and Virginia. A protester in Austin, Texas, who was apparently armed with a rifle was shot and killed after witnesses say he approached a car that had driven through a march against police violence. And someone was shot and wounded in Aurora, Colorado, after a car drove through a protest there, authorities said. The unrest Saturday and early Sunday stemmed from the weeks of protests over racial injustice and the police treatment of people of color that flared up after the May...
    The Daily Caller’s Shelby Talcott and Richie McGinniss are on the ground in Portland, Oregon where protesters are engaged in an ongoing standoff with law enforcement. President Donald Trump recently dispatched hundreds of federal agents to cities across the country experiencing unrest, including Portland, Chicago, and Kansas City. At least one police officer has said the protesters are mostly white and have shouted racially charged phrases at black officers. “It says something when you’re at a Black Lives Matter protest, you have more minorities on the police side then you have in a violent crowd, and you have white people screaming at black officers: ‘You have the biggest nose I’ve ever seen,’” said officer Jakhary Jackson. Jackson added that he believed some of the protesters were genuine about advancing change in the wake of George Floyd’s death. (RELATED: Police Organization That Endorsed Obama Twice Endorses Trump’s Reelection) “I got to see those people...
    Adults in Portland appeared to have toddlers hold anti-cop signs and repeat “fuck the police” for a bystander recording the moment, as the city continues to descend into chaos on a nightly basis. Journalist Andy Ngo, who has firsthand experience with violent Antifa rioters in Portland, shared a video on social media showing a group of adults walking with toddlers, who were holding anti-cop signs reading “Fuck the Police” and “Eff Trump’s Goons.” “Show them your sign. Say, ‘Fuck the Police,’” an adult in the background told the children, who innocently repeated the phrase: Toddlers and very young children are marched outside the Portland federal courthouse. They carry signs and say, “F— the police” on cue from the adults. One toddler does the black power fist. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/Xr4ubMrKZs — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 23, 2020 "Protesters" in Portland coaching their small children to say "f*ck the police" and makes them...
    Earlier in the night, Wheeler was mostly jeered as he tried to rally demonstrators who have clashed nightly with federal agents but was briefly applauded when he shouted "Black Lives Matter" and pumped his fist in the air. The mayor has opposed federal agents' presence in Oregon's largest city, but he has faced harsh criticism from many sides, and his presence wasn't welcomed by many who yelled and swore at him. "I want to thank the thousands of you who have come out to oppose the Trump administration's occupation of this city," Wheeler told hundreds of people gathered downtown near the federal courthouse. "The reason this is important is it is not just happening in Portland ... we're on the front line here in Portland." Some Portland residents, including City Council members, have accused Wheeler of not reining in local police, who have used tear gas multiple times before federal...
    The mayor of Portland was left struggling for breath when he was hit by tear gas sprayed by federal agents on Wednesday. Mayor Ted Wheeler scrambled to put goggles on after the noxious gas was used on crowds of Black Lives Matter protesters outside the city's federal courthouse.  It comes as authorities announced three federal agents may have been permanently blinded in the clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators this week.  Wheeler told The New York Times: 'I’m not going to lie — it stings; it’s hard to breathe. And I can tell you with 100 percent honesty, I saw nothing which provoked this response.' Mayor Ted Wheeler (pictured) scrambled to put goggles on after the noxious gas was used on crowds of Black Lives Matter protesters outside the city's federal courthouse As hundreds gathered for another night of clashes in the Oregon city, Wheeler was met by angry...
    Portland experienced another night of violence, looting, and widespread arson as demonstrators took to the streets, attempting to break into the federal courthouse and lighting several fires throughout the city, prompting a response from federal law enforcement. Protesters gathered downtown late Monday night and targeted the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center, vandalizing the buildings and attempting to break into them. According to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), demonstrators “tampered with and climbed on the gate leading under the Justice Center and pounded on plywood on the exterior of the building” and “behaved similarly at the Federal Courthouse.” Police said protesters, who were equipped with hammers, crowbars, hammers, shields, helmets, gas masks, “and other pry tools,” pounded on the courthouse and broke the plywood covering one side of the building. They successfully broke through the plywood after midnight and broke “at least one window”: The protest crowds in...
    Portland, Oregon — This city remained a flashpoint in nationwide demonstrations for racial justice and against police brutality as the biggest crowd in weeks gathered Monday night, reports CBS Portland affiliate KOIN-TV. But federal authorities used tear gas for the seventh night in a row as well as flash bangs and other crowd-control munitions against protesters downtown. KOIN reporters witnessed protesters and federal officers face off near SW 3rd Avenue and Main Street and saw authorities use pepper balls and throw tear gas canisters and flash bangs. Portland police said early Tuesday on social media that federal law enforcement personnel in the area were using tear gas and that hundreds of protesters had scattered to surrounding streets, adding that some were "throwing projectiles" and were "armed with clubs hammers and other weapons." Avoid the area around SW 3rd and SW Main. Portland Police is aware that federal law enforcement...
    A black man holding an American flag has been filmed telling protesters in Portland 'none of you guys represent Black lives'.  The unidentified demonstrator stood outside the Federal Courthouse on Saturday evening, footage shared on Twitter shows. In the clip he attempts to protect the building from vandals who tore down a fence. Portland has seen nearly two months of nightly protests since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Late Saturday, demonstrators broke into a building, set it on fire and started dumpster fires, police said. The man tells protesters: 'If you stand for justice come here and stand with me, stand with me because I stand for justice. I’m not here to tear down this f***ing fence, I’m not here to spray-paint.' He adds: '“t’s going on every day. If you don’t want to get gassed, stop! It has to stop! None of you guys represent Black lives.' Fencing that had been...
    Saturday marked the 52nd consecutive night of protests in Portland following George Floyd's death. Demonstrations elevated to violent levels as the night progressed, and by 11 p.m., the Portland Police Department declared a riot. Rioters broke into the Portland Police Association building on Saturday night and set it on fire. Agitators also started dumpster fires in Oregon's largest city. At the PPA building right now, looks like there may be a fire inside. #blacklivesmatter  #protest #pdx #portland… https://t.co/ZPF5QSkgjA — Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof) (@Garrison Davis (Teargas Proof))1595138039.0 The Portland Police union in north Portland was broken into and set on fire by antifa rioters. A riot has been decl… https://t.co/SwdpMpchaR — Andy Ngô (@Andy Ngô)1595138902.0 Protesters chanted: "Every city, every town, burn the precincts to the ground!" "Every city, every town, burn the precincts to the ground!" Doesn't sound like a lot of "reform"-minded folks in t…...
    Violence erupted in Portland late Thursday into Friday morning as a “couple hundred” demonstrators gathered near the Justice Center for a protest that descended into a riot, as participants hurled commercial-grade fireworks, large rocks, and bottles at officers and launched mortars toward the federal courthouse. According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), a “couple hundred” protesters gathered at the Justice Center late Thursday, blocking streets, chanting and speaking “for several hours” before the group began to move, ultimately breaking the glass doors of the Federal Court House building. The mounting acts of destruction prompted authorities to come outside to “protect the integrity of their building.” Protesters met officers with hostility, launching “large rocks, full cans, and bottles” with sling shots. According to PPB, demonstrators also threw lit commercial-grade fireworks, one of which landed in the federal courthouse. Demonstrators continued in their lawless activities even as a sound truck told them...
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