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D.C. Mayor warns residents ‘not to engage’ with pro-Trump demonstrators

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In preparation for the pro-Trump rally this week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser asked residents to not come downtown Tuesday or Wednesday and to not engage with demonstrators who are “seeking confrontation.”

Appearing on MSNBC Sunday, Bowser said she is making plans to protect public safety as Trump supporters gather to protest the election results.

“No one has a right to violate the law by bringing in a weapon, by destroying property or antagonizing other people,” Bowser said.

In Freedom Plaza, police posted signs declaring it a First Amendment activity area and saying no guns are allowed within 1,000 feet.

“You may not carry a concealed weapon, you may not carry a weapon at all,” Bowser continued.

The D.C. mayor received criticism over the summer for not imposing stricter rules when D.C. saw an increase in violent protests.

“I think when you look at some of the befuddling actions like right here in D.C.,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said this summer. “The Mayor of D.C. didn’t issue a curfew until 11 P.M. Well, guess what, at 10 P.M., you had St. John’s church burning. Several other cities had curfews at 4 P.M., at 5 P.M., at 6 P.M. Some of the actions are really not tough enough, as the President noted. Particularly with the Mayor here in D.C.”

President Donald Trump said he is planning on attending the demonstration in D.C. this week, calling it a “historic day.”

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The chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Phyllis Randall, has also warned residents to stay away from the “dangerous situation.”

“In the face of organizations that are more than willing — and in fact eager — to engage in violent acts, counterprotestors can only serve to inflame an already dangerous situation,” she said in a statement.

Bowser said she is setting up an emergency operations center, beginning Monday, for federal and local law enforcement to ensure the demonstrations stay peaceful.

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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence

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In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”

Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.

“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.

The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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