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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Joe Biden reveals what will happen if Trump loses election and refuses to leave White House (Video)

US presidential candidate and former Vice-president, Joe Biden, has revealed what will happen in case Trump loses the 2020 presidential election to him and refuses to vacate the White House.

In recent days senior military figures have spoken out publicly against the president since peaceful protesters were forcefully removed from the Lafayette Square area near the White House to clear a path so Trump and his entourage could safely walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church.

The president’s military critics have included former Defense Secretary James Mattis, retired four-star Marine Corps Gen. John Allen and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

The president last year also joked he won't leave office because he is doing well.

“Maybe if we really like it a lot -- and if things keep going like they're going -- we'll go and we'll do what we have to do,” Trump cracked during a rally in Pennsylvania in May 2019. “We'll do a three and a four and a five.”

There are two terms allowed under the US Constitution’s 22nd Amendment, which was ratified in 1951 in reaction to Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt being elected to four terms. (Roosevelt died in 1945 before he could complete his fourth term.)

Biden making an appearance late Wednesday night on Trevor Noah of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show, addressed a speculation among Democrats: Would President Trump peacefully give up power if he loses November’s election?

If Trump doesn’t vacate the White House, Biden told Noah then he’s “absolutely convinced” the U.S. military would step in to remove him.

“I promise you,” Biden told Noah, “I am absolutely convinced they will escort him from the White House with great dispatch.”

Watch video below (Details from the 7.45 minute mark)

Full Part 2 of the interview @JoeBiden:— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 11, 2020

Swedish police finally identifies the man they believe killed Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986

Swedish police have finally identified the man they believe killed Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986.

Palme was shot in the back as he walked home from the cinema with his wife in Stockholm, shortly after he dismissed his security team for the day. The assassination took place on Sweden's busiest road, Sveavagen, and more than a dozen witnesses saw a man fire the shots before fleeing the scene.

Chief Prosecutor Krister Petersson said the man has been identified as Stig Engstrom, a graphic designer known as "Skandia Man" who committed suicide in 2000.

Petersson said;

"The person is Stig Engstrom. Because the person is dead, I cannot bring charges against him and have decided to close the investigation.

"This is one of the biggest police investigations in the world. It's by far Sweden's biggest criminal investigation ever."

Asked by The Local if he thought the announcement would be accepted by Swedish people, he said;

"We can't have this issue tried and we hope that our conclusions will be accepted by the general public, but I am not so stupid I don't understand that different conspiracy theories will keep afloat in the public domain the way they have done over the past 34 years. But we have a conclusion that we feel that we can stand behind."

Before the recent breakthrough in the longest-running case in Sweden, thousands of people were interviewed. A petty criminal was also convicted for the killing but the verdict was later dismissed.

The suspect Engström has been dubbed 'Skandiamannen' (The Skandia man') in the media because he worked at insurance company Skandia close to the scene of the murder. He was an early witness in the case, questioned by police several times but only emerged as a potential suspect a few years ago.

In the 1980s Engström also got involved in local politics, representing the conservative Moderate Party. Several people have said that he expressed negative views about Palme but did not think him capable of the murder.

Before becoming a suspect, he was an early witness in the case and was questioned by police several times. He said at that time that he arrived at the scene immediately after the shooting while on his way to the Stockholm metro.

He told police he was wearing a knee-length dark coat, a cap, glasses, and had a small bag around his wrist. This information, together with his height of 182cm, fitted with how many of the other witnesses described the suspect.

Engström himself told police he believed he was the man in the descriptions, and that he had been mistaken for the murderer while running after police. But he said he had seen the perpetrator run away wearing a blue quilted jacket, and that Lisbet Palme had also told him the murderer wore a blue jacket.

However none of the other witnesses remembered Engström acting in the way he describes – being one of the first on the scene, helping to administer first aid to Palme, and pointing police in the direction he saw the murderer run.

Petersson disclosed that Engström's actions and statements following the murder raised further suspicion. He also noted that the suspect appeared in several TV and newspaper reports on the murder, often criticising the police for not taking his statement seriously. This is despite the fact that his statement which was inconsistent with most of the others was taken several times. He added that the man could have been "mocking the police".

The chief prosecutor added;

"When we've gone through the material, what is odd is the fact that none of the other witnesses on the scene of the crime recognised Stig Engström at all as having been there at the scene. If he was there, he disappeared before he made any impression on any of the witnesses at the scene of the crime. Even though it was chaos at the scene, he definitely did not act the way he claimed.

"What has made the investigation more difficult for us is that more than 34 years have passed since the assassination. A number of witnesses are no longer with us or are very old. Evidence does not improve over time.

"We hoped to get clear indications from the National Forensic Centre but they said based on today's technology it won't be possible to tie a weapon to the murder scene, so what we have to work with is more or less the same forensic evidence that was secured at the time.

"We noticed that statements given by witnesses would vary a lot between the initial interviews and what they said once they had read what other witnesses said, so this made our investigation difficult."

Senate passes revised 2020 budget of N10.8 trillion

The Senate has passed the revised 2020 budget of N10.8 trillion. The budget was passed this morning Thursday, June 11 during plenary.

The passage of the budget comes a day after the House of Representatives passed the same figure as the 2020 budget. The lawmakers increased the budget by N300 billion from N10.5 trillion. The budget was initially passed in December but the executive sent it back to National Assembly after the executive reworked it to reflect the current economic realities.

According to the new budget, N500 billion was allocated as an intervention fund for COVID-19 while N186 billion was earmarked for the health sector.

In the revised budget, N422 billion was fixed for statutory transfers, N4.9 trillion for recurrent expenditure and N2.4 trillion is for capital expenditure.

The budget will now be sent to the President for his assent.

Trump to hold his first post-Covid-19 rally next week on the day African Americans celebrate 'end of slavery'

Donald Trump's campaign ralies are back, as the US President has announced he is set to have his first campaign rally next week Friday, the first time he'll be doing so since the Covid-19 pandemic started in the US.

His first re-election campaign rally will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma on the 19th of June, known as "Juneteenth", the date that African Americans celebrate the end of slavery.

In 1921 the city of Tulsa was the site of one of the worst massacres of black people in US history and during an unannounced event at the White House on Wednesday Afternoon, Trump surrounded by prominent black supporters, said he wants to get back on the campaign trail with his stadium-filling rallies.

Trump revealed plans to go to Florida, Arizona and North Carolina, swing states he won in 2016.

'We're going into North Carolina at the appropriate time. The governor's a little backward there, a little bit behind,' Trump said, blasting Democratic Governor Roy Cooper, whohas refused letting the Republican National Convention to fill a stadium for Trump's nomination acceptance speech.

When asked following the Cabinet Room event Wednesday afternoon about his trip to Dallas, Texas for a fundraiser on Thursday, Trump revealed he will travel next Friday, June 19 to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a rally.

'They've done a great job with COVID, as you know, in the state of Oklahoma,' Trump said.

He claimed: 'We're on our way to a very big comeback.'

On Tuesday morning, Trump first revealed he wanted to bring back the rallies as early as next week.

'BIG DEMAND! Starting up again soon, maybe next week!' the president tweeted, suggesting that the rallies could be held outside just like the protests.

The tweet included a post from journalist Byron York who said: 'Given recent gatherings, seems reasonable time for President Trump to resume holding rallies. Could be held outside. Give out masks at entrance, encourage use. But mass gatherings are now OK. Biden could re-start, too, of course.'

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