Soldiers who served under Clint Lorance in Afghanistan see Trump’s pardon as betrayal

Clint Lorance had been in charge of his platoon for only three days when he ordered his men to kill three Afghans stopped on a dirt road.
A second-degree murder conviction and pardon followed.
Today, Lorance is hailed as a hero by President Trump.
His troops have suffered a very different fate.
-Washington Post; 7/2/2020

The only people dismissing the Russia bounties intel: The Taliban, Russia and Trump

This is Trump’s M.O. Stories that are bad for him are never cast in shades of gray; they are always a hoax. The Russia investigation was a hoax, even though special counsel Robert S. Mueller III found significant evidence of obstruction of justice. Impeachment was a hoax, even though the underlying Ukraine allegations were overwhelmingly confirmed. Trump even rather awkwardly tried to cast the coronavirus as his opponents’ “new hoax.” Trump doesn’t quibble with the details. It’s just deny, deny, deny — even when it leads to misperceptions like it did with coronavirus.

-Washington Post; 7/1/2020

On key date he was reportedly briefed on Russia bounty story, Trump was live-tweeting Fox News, meeting right-wing media figures

On another key date, then-acting intelligence director Richard Grenell was fighting online with CNN and The Washington Post — over whether Trump reads his President’s Daily Brief

-Media Matters; 6/30/202

Ohio National Guard Soldier Pulled From Mission in D.C. Appears on Neo-Fascist Podcast, Says He’s Being Discharged

​An Ohio National Guard soldier​, who was suspended and recalled from his mission in Washington, D.C., earlier this month for holding white supremacist views​, appeared on a neo-fascist podcast uploaded Sunday​​, where he said that he was being discharged from the military and discussed how federal agents ​tracked him down and confronted him​.

-Right Wing Watch; 6/30/2020