Two House of Representatives Democrats launched an inquiry into whether the HHS misdirected billions of dollars in stimulus money to healthcare providers facing fraud investigations. Reuters reported earlier this month that HHS sent Medicare providers under criminal and civil investigations stimulus money. Reps. Lloyd Doggett and Katie Porter have demanded a response from Alex Azar.
Chicago Mayor Lightfoot, in reply to President Trump’s tweet about protests, said she had a message for Trump, ’It starts with ’f’ and ends with ’you’’. ’Watching that poor man beg for his life and for the ability to breathe and then watching the life leave him there in the streets I felt angry’, Lightfoot said responding to the killing. She added that Trump’s comment was ’profoundly dangerous’.
Post the death of George Floyd caused by the actions of a police officer, riots, looting, and arson of local businesses and law enforcements prevailed in Minnesota. The officer was taken into custody on Friday on the basis of murder and manslaughter. While Trump took to Twitter to call the protestors ’thugs’, Biden stated that any comment in these times would add fuel to the fire.
Barack Obama, the former President of the United States on Friday issued a statement regarding the death of George Floyd. Mr. Obama urged citizens of the US to ’create a new normal’ where the legacy of unequal treatment and bigotry would no longer infect the institutions of the country.
President Trump on Friday sought to explain his tweet ’looting leads to shooting’ criticizing protesters, pushing back on characterizations that he was inciting violence. ’It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement’, Trump explained, adding that a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis while 7 were shot in Louisville because of looting.
Popular singer Taylor Swift hit out strongly against United States President Donald Trump, and said ’We will vote you out in November’. Swift accused the President of ’stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism’ throughout his presidency. She took to Twitter to express her opinion, and also tagged the President in her tweet.
The House Judiciary Committee has asked the DOJ to investigate systemic police misconduct following a spate of police killings of African Americans. The killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN and Breonna Taylor in her Louisville, KY apartment raise questions as to whether police were engaged in a ’pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct’, Jerrold Nadler wrote to AG William Barr.
A CNN crew was arrested by police Friday in Minneapolis, where rioting has filled the streets for three nights. Although Jimenez can be heard telling the police that the crew will move out of the officers’ way, the video also shows that the crew did not immediately move away from its place. ’We can move back to where you’d like,’ Jimenez said. ’We are live on the air at the moment.’
Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, popularly known as Cardi B, defended the premises of the protestors post the death of George Floyd. ’They looting in Minnesota and as much as I don’t like this type of violence it is what it is. Too much peaceful marches, too much trending hashtags, and NO SOLUTIONS! The people are left with NO CHOICE’, she tweeted, adding a video of a local Target store being looted.
Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State on Thursday accused Senator Bob Menendez of attempted ’character assassination’ and ’hackery’. This marks an escalation of the feud between the two leaders. Mr. Pompeo said that Senator Menendez, who is a member of the Democratic Party, has shown an ’outsized interest’ in his travels to Kansas.
Melania Trump, the First Lady of the United States urged for calm amid the violent protests that have broken out in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. Ms. Trump said that while the US allows for peaceful protests, ’there is no reason for violence’.
President Trump threatened to ’get the job done right’ to control the violent Minneapolis protests. ’Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right’, Trump tweeted. Rioters in the city took over a police precinct and set it ablaze in protest of George Floyd’s death.
Rep. Val Demings has urged a nationwide review of police practices following the death of George Floyd. Ms. Demings, who is one of the women being vetted to be Joe Biden’s running mate, is also a former police chief of Orlando. Ms. Demings also slammed the actions of the police and described them as a ’stain on our country’.
A government watchdog concluded that there was ’no evidence’ that Mike Pompeo violated a federal law governing political activities with trips he took to Kansas last year. ’OSC has no evidence to conclude that you violated the Hatch Act’, the office wrote in a letter sent to Pompeo dated Jan. 21. The OSC opened a case at the request of Sen. Menendez from the Foreign Relations Committee.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader on Friday said that the next coronavirus relief package which would be passed by the Senate would be the final COVID-19 stimulus legislation. Mr. McConnell said that a careful look is being taken at the ’fourth and final bill’, and said that the bill will be ’narrowly crafted’.
Ronna McDaniel, the head of the Republican National Committee accused the Democratic governor of North Carolina of delaying issuing guidelines for the national convention of the Republican Party. The convention is currently slated to be held in Charlotte, but Ms. McDaniel said that organizers are prepared to finalize on another location soon.