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‘No more masks’: Disgruntled parents shut down Utah school board meeting over K-12 mask order

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The Granite School District Board of Education had to cut its Tuesday meeting short when about 40 protestors erupted into chants of “no more masks!” During the meeting, the board was seeking public comment on K-12 mask requirements in the district.

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When Utah state Sen. Kathleen Riebe tried to thank the teachers, since it was teacher appreciation day, she was booed off the podium. A parent then approached the podium to say: “You let a senator come up here and speak in the name of my children who you guys are abusing? Are you serious?” That only riled up the crowd.

At another point, the board tried to end the public comment section of the meeting, but a man yelled “Remember this day! Remember this day!” Then, the man gestured with a sheet of paper, yelling to the crowd that, “This is the truth about masks in the state of Utah! What they’re telling you about masks is a lie!”

Utah’s Governor Spencer Cox lifted the state-wide mask mandate on April 1st. Vaccinations have also been going to Utahns over the age of 16 since March.

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A spokesperson for the district reportedly said that police were eventually called to the scene. “Granite School District fundamentally believes and encourages a diversity of opinions when shared in respectful and civil manner [sic] and will continue to encourage civil discourse as a model for the children for which we have stewardship over,” the spokesperson said. “We applaud the efforts of law enforcement in keeping our employees safe and de-escalating the situation.”

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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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